The breakfast buffet at Timberline was so nice we went for it twice by deciding to zero there. It was great to catch up on the internet in such a lovely setting at the base of Mount Hood.
After being adequately fed and watered we headed back onto trail. The next section skirted around the base of Mount Hood, providing great views. At one outcrop we were able to see the topless St. Helens volcano and Mt Rainer which were our first views of Washington.
We then took a side trail down to Ramona Falls. This was an awesome waterfall second only to Burney. We stopped to have dinner here before we went a little further to sleep.
The views for this section made up for Oregon’s smokey start with the sky being the most blue we’ve seen it all trail. We walked past stunning vistas but also have spent a lot of the time walking through green tunnels of trees. These are gorgeous as the trees are all ridiculously tall.
That evening we had dinner on an outcrop overlooking the Colorado River and the state line. The sun setting was beautiful but when it did the temperature got very chilly very quickly.
10 miles later we were at the Bridge of Gods, the entrance into Washington and also where Cheryl Strayed finished her journey in Wild. We didn’t cross it immediately though as from here we hitched into Portland with a lovely older couple who had section hiked parts of the PCT in the past. The others in the group ended up getting a hitch from an ex-military car which looked too big for the normal roads.
In Portland we started by getting food from the iconic food trucks and then hitting some of the many micro breweries in town. Jenny realised she had lost a little bit of her tolerance for spice after getting some Thai food. Our night ended at Ground Control which is a bar filled with arcade games and pinball machines. From there we went home but Joal decided he was hungry so got in line at the drive through at McDonald’s for a midnight snack
The next day we met up with Dawn and Lisa at a Peruvian restaurant in town. It was great to see them and thank them for their help along the trip. The food was also fantastic, very different from the burgers and fries we tend to get out here.
We then caught a coach back to Cascades and spent the night at the Thunder Brewery. This pub gives PCT hikers their first beer free and had a display explaining what the PCT was, what a hiker was and the lingo. We had a pint by the river before calling it a night. Unfortunately the campground was next to some train tracks so we got woken quite frequently!