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Hikers stumble near end of long journey

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STEVENS PASS — If the snow doesn’t stop them, the government shutdown just might.

The last of this year’s Pacific Crest Trail through-hikers are facing tough challenges as they try to finish their 2,600-mile journey from Mexico to Canada.

Most were forced off the trail after a snow storm dumped several feet of snow in higher elevations of the Cascades last week. Some are now walking to the Canadian border along highways in North Central Washington.

A few hardy hikers…

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