For the next couple days, we will hike north from Hart’s Pass about 30 miles to the Canadian border. The pass is the trailhead that is closest to the border. Then after walking there and touching a marker, we'll begin walking back south on the same trail.
Northbound hikers who have secured a permit are allowed to enter Canada at the border, but that’s not practical for those of us intending to walk southbound. It’s not legal to enter the U.S. from Canada via the trail and driving back to Hart’s Pass from Canada would take too much time.
It’s worth noting here that the mile markers I will be using for the rest of my hike are all based on distances from the Mexican border. I decided to do this for consistency.
At this point, I’m thinking of flipping again at some point back to Kennedy Meadows and might hike again northbound, so that’s another reason for using northbound mileage.
In the count of total miles I give each day, I am including the extra 1.2 miles I walked in the detour of Mount Baden-Powell and the endangered frog closure. I will also include the miles to and from the border, as those are all PCT miles, but I won’t include side trails or such when I leave the trail for resupply.