Hello, I thru-hiked the PCT last year--got as far as Trout Lake, WA where I got off trail for my partner and I now have a window where I can complete the rest of trail from that point. I have exactly 17 days to do this and have to start next Saturday, July 5th, late afternoon/early evening. I understand the conditions in that area will have snow, but not sure how much and what sort of gear I should bring? Should I bring micro-spikes? I didn't use trekking poles last year, is it highly recommended for this section? Possible to do without? Finally, is it possible to go directly from Snoqualmie to Stehekin, bypassing Skykomish? I basically want a very fast, stress free trek and not have to deal with hitching and such.
Any input, advice, comments are really needed as I want to make sure I go into this section prepared since this will be my first solo hike and while I know it'll only be about a couple of weeks, I have an extremely healthy understanding and respect for how remote and dangerous this section can be. A trillion thanks again!