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violinist  ·  87 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: [Trip Report] PCT Washington Section Hike

Solitude is great, and for a weekend, I'm all in favor of just enjoying the solitude. But yeah, after a week it gets old.

The permit is not technically necessary. You can hike the trail by obtaining a permit from each of the wilderness areas and permit-required areas that the trail passes through. The free permit just makes it simpler by not having to apply for a separate permit for each jurisdiction.