The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail is a foot & equestrian path of approximately 2,650 miles that extends from the Mexican border in California to the Canadian border in Washington state. It gained official status under the National Trails System Act of 1968, and traverses virtually every type of public land: national forests, parks, and monuments, federal wildernesses, BLM areas, and state parks.
Almost every climate & environment type in the contiguous United States can be encountered on the PCT, including low & high desert, alpine, and forest. A wide variety of wildlife can be spotted along its length from black bear to elk, bald eagle to plenty of rattlesnakes. Dozens of access points make the trail easily accessible for day hikes, weekend backpacks, and each year, at least a couple thousand adventurers attempt a full thru-hike of the entire trail.
Since my thru-hike of the PCT in 2015 essentially began my life as a full-time adventurer, it seemed appropriate to kick off my tour of public lands with some of my closest trail family and a classic (and easy) day hike to Eagle Rock in California section ‘A’ near Warner Springs in early March 2017. In August 2017, I hit PCT Days in Cascade Locks, then hiked Washington section ‘J’ between Stevens and Snoqualmie Passes with Papa Joe. In November, I hiked for a couple of days in California section ‘B’ near Paradise Cafe and Idyllwild with Spoon… What can I say? The PCT is my ‘home’ trail, and I’ll always be a repeat offender!
Permitting requirements vary depending on location and/or the number of miles you intend to attempt. The Pacific Crest Trail Association is the best source for general information regarding the trail, and learning about how you can help preserve the trail for the future.
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