Detailed Descriptions of the Trail

When I write these reports, I do not focus too much on where to camp because people hike at different speeds. People are covering anywhere from 10-40 miles per day, so I donít want to fill a report with campsites people wonít use. I mention a few of the major ones. So I focus more on the trail itself and year-round water sources. If a water source is not reliable in early September when water is scarce, then I will not mention it.

When I hike myself, I will print out one of these reports and write in the spots I want to camp, based on my speed, preferences, and knowledge of good places.

My assumption is that anyone using one of these reports also has a map, and might also have the FarOut app on thier phone. My recommendation is to make this a habit: Right before you leave mobile phone service before your hike begins, refresh the FarOut app to get the latest comments. Then, whenever you are gathering water, use the FarOut app to look ahead and decide if you want to trust any of the seasonal water sources that are between you and the next year-round source written in the report.

Each report will begin with an explanation of why I wrote it to be either northbound or southbound.

Section I - Chinook Pass to White Pass

Section I - Chinook Pass to Naches Pass

Section J - Stevens Pass to Snoqualmie Pass

Section K - Stevens Pass to Dishpan Gap

Section K - Rainy Pass to Stehekin

Section L - Rainy Pass to Harts Pass

Section L - Harts Pass to Canada (and back)