Sep 3: campsite above Holman Creek Trail junction to Northern Terminus (PCT miles 2638.3 to 2653.1), and then 4 miles into Canada!

Today is the day I finish the PCT!  I’m so excited!  I have a big uphill in the morning and believe that I’ll be lunching at the Northern Terminus monument.  The sun was rising as I started hiking up and over the next-to-last pass.UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_2666UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_2667

This is the start of the final pass on the PCT.  I’ll hike up into that gap, then traverse to the right on the other side.UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_2669UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_266b

Here’s a view from the top of the final pass!

I hiked pass Hopkins Lake – it looked so inviting to take a swim, but I’m so close to the end that I passed on the opportunity.

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So, join me now as we hike the last bit of the PCT!  That’s “Doin’ Stuff” greeting me at the border, waiting for someone to happen along and take photos of him.

I made it!

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Many people asked me if there was a wall at the border with Canada – there is not, in fact, there is an un-wall: a clearcut that runs east-west:

And so, I took photos of “Doin’ Stuff” at the border and he took photos of me before he started hiking south, back some 30 miles to Harts Pass. I am surprised how many PCT hikers choose to hike back to Harts Pass as opposed of entering Canada and hiking north another 8 miles.  Some failed to request an entry visa, others failed to bring their passports, but some just decided it would be simpler to stay in the US.

I ate lunch and entered Canada.  I arrived a very nice campsite, had an early dinner then dove into my tent as a thunderstorm struck right above me.  It was loud, but the rain light and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Tonight I will sleep well!  My PCT is done!

Thanks for reading!

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