For the last month, the global and local situation with regards to COVID-19 has changed almost daily. It’s the new normal and it looks like we have all gotten used to it … no social events, lining up for store access, sold out bakeries and homemade coffee only. We have been skiing and running and cycling so with regards to activities and outdoor time, we cannot complain. I know there are terrible situations happening in most countries in this world but we are lucky to live in a place that has seen so few cases.
With regards to the PCT, it is mostly the situation in CA, OR and WA that determines further plans. Not wanting to disobey Shelter-in-Place orders or the PCTA’s advice, and also waiting for the National Parks to at least open their trails (even if facilities remain closed), the schedule has changed further. I will be evaluating the situation mid May and then start the PCT in Oregon towards the end of May. Most likely my start will be somewhere near Eugene/Willamette, going north from there.
This has the advantage that I can further delay hiking into the snow in the North Cascades (though I definitely anticipate some snow travel) and start in relatively modest terrain. I also do not cross any National Parks until the North Cascades Park. My hope is that by June the trails will be open – or I need to find my way around this stretch.
After tagging the Northern Terminus, I will get back to my start point and hike south, hopefully finishing at the Southern Terminus in September. Cell reception is fairly good in Southern California so the start of my fall semester might have to happen from the trail!
Let’s hope that the restrictions will be loosened enough soon so that at least trail access is possible again. Hope everybody is safe and healthy!