Just got back from the WCT on Sept 13th, Danfred’s right about the muckiness of the trail, there were some serious rains a few days before we got to Pachena and something like 60 people were evacuated out of Nitinat due to poor conditions! We bumped into some of those intrepid hikers at Camper’s later, they’d returned to finish the hike.
Had intended to spend the first night at the Pachena campground and take 5nts/6days for the trail, but after our “90-minute” orientation (which actually took 20mins) the Parks Service gal informed us that we could start that afternoon instead of waiting til the next day. Therefore, we only made it to Michigan the first night instead of Tsusiat as planned. But I gotta tell ya, I wouldn’t haven’t made it to the Falls in one day anyway, not with the conditions of the trail as they were. Plus, my feet took one look at my trusty old hiking boots and promptly burst into blisters. So things went slower than planned. Loved the mud, roots, ladders, and cable cars; the boardwalks scared the hell out of me!
Our itinerary: Michigan (rain), Tsusiat (rain), Cribbs (rain), Walbran (sun), Camper (sun), Thrasher (sun). Didn’t get to do Owen’s Point as the tides were not in our favour. We could’ve done some sections faster (like Camper to trail’s end in one day) but the weather was clear (at night too, lots of stars) so we decided to just enjoy being on the trail, getting into camp early enough to dry out our gear, have a fire etc. Seboyle was right, why rush my first time on this trail!
It was the hardest most satisfying hike I’ve done thus far and I can’t even believe I’m thinking about doing it again….
Thanks to all for advice and info, sorry to Danfred to hear about your knee, hope it heals quickly