Friday 25 August 2017

On August 25, 1982, I was nearing the end of the Pacific Crest Trail in Oregon

Wayne Fuiten & Tunnel Falls

Thirty-five years ago I was nearing 2000 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail and about to leave Oregon for Washington State. Canada was now much nearer than Mexico. The last few days in Oregon were spectacular as I traversed the slopes of Mount Hood with splendid views of the glaciers and alpine terrain.'Hood is certainly a beautiful mountain' I wrote in my journal.

Then came a long steep descent down the marvellous ravine of Eagle Creek past many waterfalls and culminating in Tunnel Falls, where a dynamited trail runs behind the thundering waterfall. My journal: 'a really exhilarating section of trail!'

That night I was sleeping under the stars at the lowest camp of the walk, just 1130 feet above sea level, and only eight miles from the Columbia River and the Oregon/Washington border. One State to go.

Mount Hood

You can read the full story of my PCT adventure in my book Rattlesnakes and Bald Eagles.

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