Into the Goat Rocks Wilderness

by Gillian Larson | posted: August 4, 2014

On Sunday I rode north out of Keene's horse camp (which is where I had earlier started from in a ride south on the first 100 miles through Washington), and I knew that I was headed towards an area that was going to be particularly challenging, the Goat Rocks Wilderness. I had especially been warned about the Knife's Edge, a section of very narrow trail balanced on the spine of a ridge, and I was concerned about possible snow as the elevation on the PCT gets to its highest point in Washington here, at about 7500 ft. Other southbound hikers that I had met recently had told me there was still some snow, and I didn't know if I would be able to get through this area or not. I camped overnight at a lake just south of Goat Rocks, and then proceeded north on Monday, climbing steeply over beautiful green hills toward the barren mountains ahead.


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