Inspired by, and in honor of, his brother, Bill Wise treks over 400 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail through Washington state up into Canada. For his 70th birthday and having been introduced to trekking by his older brother Gary, a Park Ranger for 25 years, Bill faces challenges in the first three days that question his ability to persevere.
From evading wildfires, smoke, summer heat and closed trails to climbing 5-6,000-foot ridgelines, he opens to the flow and the experience and is rewarded with the beauty and diversity of the Cascades. His journey deepens his connection with nature as he encounters the Goat Rocks Wilderness, William O. Douglas Wilderness, Alpine Lakes Wilderness, North Cascades National Park, ending in Manning Park, Canada.
The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail is over 2,500 miles long, stretching from Mexico to Canada, and is aligned with the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges. Elevations range from sea level, at the Oregon-Washington border, to just over 13,000-feet. The route passes through 25 national forests and seven national parks. The PCT was conceived in 1932 and is the second longest component of the Triple Crown of Hiking which includes the Appalachian Trail and the Continental Divide Trail.
Join Bill as he seeks out the peace of being that the wilderness calls to in this Journey of the Heart across the mountainous spine of Washington state.