Day 36: Goodbye PCT, Hello Devils Dome

Sunday August 18, 15.9mi/25.6km

PCT Rock Pass camp (697.4/6214ft) to Dry Creek Pass (713.3/6099ft) (WA)

I got a later start than usual since I have a short day today. I’m limited to about 16 miles, longer than that and I would be entering North Cascades National Park, where camping permits are required. When I left at 8am, all 12 PCT hikers who camped here were already gone! The morning fog was neat to see around the mountaintops.

An hour later, I was at Holman Pass, my exit point from the PCT. It was a small temptation to keep going south to California…

After three miles, I climbed up to another pass, Sky Pilot pass. Which seems redundant, aren’t all pilots in the sky?

A couple hours later, and I was on Devils Pass. I stopped and had lunch, and took way too many photos of all the nearby glaciated peaks.

Just after I left Devils Pass, I met a nice woman and her dog. She was from Canada, and is hiking a section of the PNT eastbound, and plans to do the PCT next year. That always makes me happy to hear, and my climb up to Devils Dome flew by as I was lost in PCT thoughts. Devil’s Dome is 6982ft/2128m high, with superb views of the North Cascades.

And especially of nearby Jack Mountain, with the Nohokomeen glacier:

On the descent off the dome, I found some snow!

I stopped for the day at Dry Creek Pass, and there is a shelter nearby called Bear Skull Cabin. It looked dilapidated and dirty.

I refilled my water, and then camped a few hundred meters away, closer to the trail.

Tomorrow, I arrive to Ross Lake and North Cascades National Park!

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