Guidebook to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), an epic 2650 mile hike from California's Mexican border to Canada's British Columbia. One of the world's best hikes, the route passes through California, Oregon and Washington State, taking in the Mojave desert, High Sierras, Cascades and countless more wild mountains.
Guidebook to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), an epic 2650-mile hike from the Mexican border to Canada's British Columbia. One of the world's best hikes, the route passes through California, Oregon and Washington State, taking in the Mojave desert, High Sierras, Cascades and countless more wild mountains of America's west coast. The PCT attracts thousands of walkers every year. Most hike short sections, but several hundred take on the ultimate challenge of thru'-hiking the entire route in one summer. The guidebook caters for both and is divided into 101 2 to 3 day stages, which can be combined into longer days according to ability and preference.
This comprehensive guide is intended to provide all the information and maps hikers will need. Alongside the notes and route descriptions, there are overview maps for the entire trail, and a detailed introduction that provides essential advice for planning and completing the route. From information on packing, supplies, water and bears, to details on the mountains, wildlife and regions trekkers will go through; this is an essential companion to taking on - and completing - this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Through deserts and forests, and over snow-covered passes and along alpine ridges, this is a long wilderness trek of true adventure and exploration through diverse and stunning mountain scenery. The trail boasts breathtaking scenery and varied landscapes, through deserts and forests, and over snow-covered passes and along alpine ridges. This is a long wilderness trek of true adventure and exploration through diverse and stunning mountain scenery.
For nearly 50 years Cicerone have been producing guidebooks on recognised treks, regions, areas and general tips for hikers.
We have used them countless times and they've always provided excellent insight and knowledge that you only get through experience, giving you the edge to make your trip a success and more enjoyable too.
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SeasonsThe PCT is designed to be hiked when it is free of snow; Southern California is best in the spring or autumn and the High Sierra, Northern California, Oregon and Washington are best from late June to early October. Through-hikers need to start in mid-May.
CentresMost hikers access the PCT from San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle or Vancouver, all of which are about 50 miles west of the trail.
DifficultyThe PCT is a well-engineered trail taking the hiker easily through the mountains but it is a wilderness trail, often a long way from road access, and you will need to carry food for several days; there is little accommodation so you will need to camp or bivouac.
Must SeeThe High Sierra of California with Mount Whitney, the John Muir Trail and Yosemite National Park; Crater Lake in Oregon; the towering volcanoes of the Cascade Mountains: Lassen Peak, Mount Shasta, The Three Sisters, Mount Washington, Mount Jefferson, Mount Hood, Mount Adams, Mount Rainier and Glacier Peak.
A geologist’s delight
Plant and wildlife
What the walking’s like
Using this guide
THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL
1 Campo to Van Dusen Canyon (Big Bear City)
2 Big Bear City to Agua Dulce
3 Agua Dulce to Kennedy Meadows
The High Sierra
4 Kennedy Meadows to Tuolumne Meadows
5 Tuolumne Meadows to Interstate 80 (Donner Pass)
6 Donner Pass to Interstate 5 (Castella)
7 Castella to Interstate 5 (Ashland)
8 Ashland to McKenzie Pass
9 McKenzie Pass to Cascade Locks
10 Cascade Locks to Snoqualmie Pass
11 Snoqualmie Pass to Manning Park
Appendix A Local information and conversions
Appendix B Useful addresses
Appendix C Other publications
Appendix D Schedules for 110 to 180-day thru’-hikes
Appendix E Summaries of Ancient Brit‘s schedules
Appendix F Ancient Brit’s 2002 (160-day) schedule
Appendix G Schedule for a 180-day thru’-hike
Appendix H Schedule for a super-slow start