follow ms. B on her epic Hike! - DONE!
Pacific Crest Trail
The Pacific Crest Trail spans 2,650 miles (4,265 kilometers) from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon, and Washington. It reveals the beauty of the desert, unfolds the glaciated expanses of the Sierra Nevada, travels deep forests, and provides commanding vistas of volcanic peaks in the Cascade Range. The trail symbolizes everything there is to love—and protect—in the Western United States.
Alexis and Jacob have finished the Pacific Crest Trail on Saturday, November 15!
Here are some pictures from the desert part of the trail.
The Southern California portion of the Pacific Crest Trail. Temperatures can be hot which is why they saved this portion of the trail for the fall. Elevation is still quite high as the train winds through the mountains. The lowest elevation in this section is 1190' and the highest at 9030'
On the road again!
August 18, 2014 After a week or so off for planning and lots of eating, Ms. B and Jacob are on the trail again this morning. Check out the map. It has their planned route and supply points with estimated dates. They PLAN on 24 miles a day!!! Think that you could hike a marathon with a pack every day for the next 72 days?
They started from Southern Oregon from where then jumped off to head north in June and will be hiking South through California to the Mexican border planning to finish this 1700 miles the first week of November.
Working on the north half of the south??
After returning to Southern Oregon to continue the southern half of their trek Alexis and Jacob had some bumps in the trail. First massive wildfires made them move further down the trail skipping 100+ miles at the top of California. Then Alexis had to take some time off to rest some sore legs. After that predictions of early snowfall in the Sierra Nevada Mountains prompted them to move down to Bakersfield CA and once again hike northward to get some of the highest peaks done before the snow flies.
Northern half? Done!
Aug 7, 2014. Big day as Alexis and Jacob crossed the border into Canada and continued to the trail end at Manning Park. Here are some pictures from the last section that she shared recently.
Ms. Ballinger is a Beast!!
Aug 6, 2014. From what I can gather from their GPS check-in points, Alexis and Jacob hiked 33 miles today. That leaves them a mere 17 miles (gulp) of trail until they cross into Canada. Then they still have to hike another 8 miles - which would be a full dayʻs hike for most of us - to get to Manning Park. This is where the trail meets the road. I can only assume that some of their family will meet them there with copious amounts of food and drink.
Having covered just under 1,000 miles of trail, the plan is to next tackle the 1,700 miles of the trail through California and down to the Mexican border. Hopefully weʻll get some pictures and stories as they prepare to go back to Southern Oregon where they started and once again hit the trail.
Putting the miles behind them
No posts for a few days now, but following the GPS check-in points and comparing to the PCT trail map shows that they are covering many, many miles a day. Almost every day. They are less than 100 miles to the Canadian Border and in an area called North Cascades. It's mountainous, forested and usually wet. And beautiful. Driving through there one September we got snowed on and saw the only bear I've ever seen on the side of the road. Can't wait for more pictures!
Near snoqualmie pass, wa
From White Pass to Snoqualmie Pass plus a stop in Buckley.
A few days to dry out
July 22. Alexis reports that they are holed up in White Pass, Washington to wait out some wet weather.
July 14 - with an amazing 30 miles push Alexis and Jacob are at the Columbia River that separates Oregon from Washington. Some new pictures added at the bottom of the stack to the right. Ms. B shared this on Facebook - 428 miles of Oregon done! 514 miles until Canada!
At Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood, Oregon
Only July 11, Ms. B reports that they hiked 54 miles in the last two days and made it to Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood. After all that hiking, it must be great to sleep in a bed, take a shower, do laundry and eat food that you have not carried for 100 miles. She posted some new pictures so look for them in the gallery at the left.
Map Study - July 11, 2014
Trip Update, June 28, 2014
Made it to Mazama! Staying the night at the lodge to shower for the first time in 6 days and to sleep in a warm bed. Survived rain, snow, and a broken pack so far and only 100 miles in!
Trip update, June 21, 2014
According to her Facebook post, Alexis and Jacob start tomorrow! They will be flip-flopping there trip. They will start at the southern end of Oregon and hike north to Manning Park in Canada. After that they will return to their starting point and head south to the Mexican border. This allows them to take advantage of the best possible weather at the best times, minimizing risk of getting delayed by heavy snows still on the northern part of the hike and trying to hit the California deserts at a cooler time of year.