About the PCT


Pacific Crest Trailhead, Mexican border

Pacifc Crest National Scenic Trail, which is the full name of the trail, or PCT as it often is shorten, is a trail that goes through the west U.S., from the Mexican border to the Canadian. It is 2660 miles / 4280 kilometers long and located about 125 miles / 200 kilometers from the Pacifc Coast. The trail goes mainly through mountain ranges, but the landscape varies. It starts by the city Campo in southern California and goes through the Mojave desert, via the Sierra Mountains and over the Cascades through Oregon. It continues over the Columbia River, into the state of Washington and finally over the border to Canada. The trail goes through 48 wilderness areas, 26 national forests, 7 national parks and 5 state parks, Yosemite, John Muir Trail and Ansel Adams Wilderness among others. Hiking the trail, you will in total walk over 489 400 feet / 149 000 meters of altitude – that is more than 17 Mount Everest’s!

Pacific crest trail sign

Full name: Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail / Pacific Crest Tr. no. 2000

Named National Trail: 1968

Length: 2659 miles / 4279 km

Highest Point: Forrester Pass, 13.153 ft / 4.009 m

Number of people that have completed the entire trail: 4086 (according to pcta.org, 2nd Feb 2016)

Average time for hiking the entire trail: 5 months

PARTS:

Southern California / Mojave desert:  Campo – Kennedy Meadows,  702 miles / 1130 km

The Sierras: Kennedy Meadows – Sierra City, 493 miles / 793 km

Northern California: Sierra City – Ashland, 521 miles / 838 km

Oregon: Ashland – Cascade Locks, 428 miles / 689 km

Washington: Cascade Locks – Manning park, 515 miles / 829 km

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The trail got a lot of attention recently in the movie Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon. The movie is based on Cheryl Strayed’s autobiography with the same name that’s about her own hike among parts of the trail in the mid 90’s.

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The trailer for the movie Wild, based on Cheryl Strayed’s autobiography with the same name. The movie drew a lot of attention to the trail after it premiered in late 2014 and is about Cheryls own hike along parts of the trail.

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... is Linda Åkerberg. I'm a 32 years old photographer based in Stockholm, Sweden. Read more about me here

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In September I will visit the Swedish outdoor festival #UTEFEST and talk about my hike along the Pacific Crest Trail last year. I will also bring my exhibition with photos from the trail. Now you have the chance to win one of the prints! Tag a friend below that you want to set out on an adventure with for your chance to win! 
The winner will be picked at September 4th in collaboration with @utemagasinetsverige
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Few things taste as good as a cup of coffee made in the wild! After a long day of hiking, paddling, climbing or whatever you prefer to do, when you take a moment to sit down and reflect about the day you just went through, about the things you made, obstacles you have overcome - that's when a simple cup of coffee can taste better than anything else in the world. ☕️💕
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Wilderness Stories is growing. Right now I'm in the middle of designing the brand new website that will be launched in September! One new section will be #mywildernessstory where you can read other inspiring people's own story from the wilderness!
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Spread the word and help me inspire more people to get out in the wilderness! // Lots of love 💕 Linda
Always say yes to trying new stuff! It's by the end of our comfort zone magic starts to happen! 
This past week I've experienced some of the best days this summer. As I got to borrow two kayaks from @kajaksidan and @melkerofsweden, I've been able to try out my new passion for kayaking even more. And the best part - I've also been able to introduced it to some of my friends! This is @pearliepics on our magical sunset/photo shoot kayak trip last night. She was a bit unsteady in the beginning but paddled like a pro by the end of the night. ✨
My preparations for Everest Base Camp continues! In my new blogpost at wilderness-stories.com (link in bio) I've written about the risks being at higher altitude, how to prepare for it and how to act while you're there. Check it out!
Pic from climbing Mt. Whitney earlier this summer, taken at about 3900 meters.
Summer nights ❤️
TÄVLING! COMPETITION!
This fall I'll be visiting the Swedish outdoor festival Utefest where I will talk about my hike along the Pacific Crest Trail. I will also show my pics from the trail and now you have the chance to win one of the prints!
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* Post your best adventure picture and tell your story behind it. * Tag: #mywildernessstory #utemagasinetsverige #utefest2017
* Follow @wildernessstories & @utemagasinetsverige 
The winner will be announced on September 4 and get to pick one of the images on wilderness-stories.com/sv/print-shop (link in bio) in the size 30x40cm. The print can be picked up on Utefest or be mailed after the event (with in Sweden).
It's not about having time - it's about making time.
What are you doing a normal day after work? Going home, cooking food, watching TV? Killing time? Why not bring your dinner and take a drive till you find a beautiful spot close to home instead? 
Picture from the back of my van by a lake I found exploring backcountry roads earlier this summer.
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I hope you all have had a really nice weekend! I went out with my boyfriend on my very first boat+camping trip! Jumped in the boat on Friday night and then just went straight out towards the sea until we found this super nice spot on a small island in the Stockholm archipelago. ❤️
It was such a luxury to not have to worry about the weight, so I brought my old super heavy and super big tent - felt like living in a castle after months in a one person tent! 😂
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