📅 August 7th, 2021 ▶️ Welcome to my new series, the Alaska Diaries! Due to the fact that I could not finish off the Pacific Crest Trail and its wonderful Washington sections, I decided to head up even further north to Americas Last Frontier: Alaska. Spending around 10 days there in total, I was first off Exploring Denali National Park and found myself looking for Beavers at the Horseshoe Lake Trail. I then hiked up the Little Coal Creek Trail and got introduced to the moody Alaskan weather while looking for a camp site and hoping to catch any sight on Mount Denali. Check the video to find out if I succeeded in that mission 🙃
📅 July 24th, 2021 ▶️ The next day in the Northern Cascades of Washington on my PCT 2021 hike starts with a beautiful sunrise again. I climb up the steeply rising Cathedral Rock, fight my way through a lot of fallen trees and come to the biggest River Crossing on my Pacific Crest Trail journey so far. After enjoying the sunset, I am once again plagued by mosquitoes 😂 My last day on the PCT at Day 35 delivers with some of the nicest lake views so far at Glacier & Trap Lakes before reaching the first skilifts of Stevens Pass. I hitch a ride into Seattle and come to the realisation that this has been the end of my Pacific Crest Trail 2021 journey because wild fires prevent me from heading towards Rainy Pass, a remote 7 day stretch which would be too dangerous to get stuck in a fire. Once I made it to Seattle, I could not wait to take care of one thing that had been bothering me for a long time 😆
📅 July 21st, 2021 ▶️ Escaping from the Dixie fire in the last episode, I decide to take the Coast Starlight Train from Klamath Falls directly to Seattle. The usually 11 hour long ride is delayed by a few hours, but in return we get free food 😆I hitch hike to Snoqualmie Pass to get back on the Pacific Crest Trail again, my first miles of Washington Section J await me in beautiful summer weather! Entering the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, I get a first feel for the famous Washington Northern Cascades. Beautiful green forest and mountain landscapes quickly turn into some of the best landscapes I have seen on the PCT so far. Everything is much steeper here compared to the Sierra and it looks more dramatic. Looking back to Joe Lake, I am in awe of the breath taking views back to Mount Rainier. My 33rd day on the PCT ends with a bit of snow and 934km (577.5miles) walked in total so far. Getting very close to my 1000km goal!
📅 July 16th, 2021 ▶️ The last part of PCT California Section J on the Pacific Crest Trail towards Echo Lake in South Lake Tahoe leads me through Carson Pass. After some trail magic in the Carson Pass Information Center, I get to see my second bear! Much bigger and much further away this time. The trail leads me through beautiful lakes and forest landscapes before arriving at South Lake Tahoe to end Section J. I decide to skip ahead due to my limited time and the ever increasing wild fire activities. On my way to Reno, the fires get really bad and I am stuck in the tiny village of Susanville with a yellow sky and ash falling down from the sky from the Dixie Fire. I eventually make it to Klamath Falls and have to change my plans once again..
📅 July 13th, 2021 ▶️ My Pacific Crest Trail series Heading North continues from Sonora Pass on California Section J for another 120km. Heading into the Mokelumne Wilderness displays a complete new set of landscapes including a lot of volcanic rocks. I found this to be very refreshing after the Sierra Nevada mountains and was positively surprised! Making my way through the super windy “Nipple” mountain, I eventually make camp with just one day left to South Lake Tahoe, wondering how bad the fire situation will be in the upcoming days…
📅 July 11th, 2021 ▶️ Going over Sonora Pass during sunrise at the start of Day 28 of my Pacific Crest Trail Hike has been one of my favorite moments on the entire trail. The lighting had been perfect and it glued me to the path during the early morning hours. It seems like I was the only one taking my time here as most others really put on a race to get to the road as fast as possible, trying not to miss the early morning shuttle. I eventually made the shuttle as well and end up California Section I of the PCT in Kennedy Meadows North, a super nice laid back place with good food and a lot of horses and cowboys!
📅 July 8th, 2021 ▶️ Leaving Tuolumne Meadows Campground and eventually also the Yosemite National Park behind me, I am blessed with more great lake and mountain landscapes. Experiencing a small earthquake and the worst mosquito days so far, I also get a first taste of the California fire season. The video ends on my last night before hitting Sonora Pass to end California Section I of the Pacific Crest Trail.
📅 July 7th, 2021 ▶️ I am interrupting my Pacific Crest Trail 2021 hike for a very common PCT side trip towards Yosemite Valley! Hitch hiking in from Tuolumne Meadows, my first stop in Yosemite Valley was the impressive Yosemite Falls, even in a draught year without much water. Seeing Half Dome and El Capitan up close and in person has been a long lived dream of mine as a big climbing fan. I made the most out of the day and hitch hiked back towards the Tuolumne Meadows Grill in the afternoon to get back on the Pacific Crest Trail again the next morning.
📅 July 3rd, 2021 ▶️ After getting my broken pack replaced super fast by Sierra Designs (thanks again so much guys!), I was off to hit the Pacfic Crest Trail again to finish California Section H at Tuolumne Meadows. On my way there, I walked through beautiful flower paths, saw more amazing sceneries at Shadow Lake and Thousand Island Lake, encountered the cutest squirrel and entered the Yosemite Wilderness after crossing over Donohue Pass (3,370 m/ 11,056 ft).
📅 June 27th, 2021 ▶️ Day 19 on the Pacific Crest Trail through the Sierra Nevada Mountains started off with some beautiful river hiking along the San Joaquin River. Hiking up Selden Pass offered the best views on the PCT so far, looking down at stunning Marie Lake. I then made my way to the Vermilion Valley Resort (VVR) after my Backpack Strap broke in the middle of the trail! The first rain on the trail and even heavy hail hit while resting the foot up at VVR. Back on the PCT, I crossed Silver Pass surrounded by dark thunder clouds and set up my tent in the rain. On Day 22, I was able to enjoy more amazing lakes with Lake Virigina, Purple Lake and Duck Lake including some skinny dipping before making my way into Mammoth for the 4th of July weekend.