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.

Me who runs the blog

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

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Someone once asked me if I didn't loose track of the days hiking the PCT. My answer was 'No, it was actually the opposite, I could easily recall the days, even months back. We just didn't call them by the name we use in "normal life". In the wild we simply referred to them after what made them special.' This is for example a pic from "Fog Day" (or as all the others would call it, May 6) last year. 
PCT, mile ~426
How do you prepare for a hike on a trail you never been on before? Read about my second step in my preparation for Everest Base Camp trek: Setting a time schedule, at wilderness-stories.com (link in bio)
Pic from PCT mile ~1973, in one of the weirdest landscapes I've ever seen: the lava fields in Oregon.
Passing the 2600-mile marker on the PCT was a big thing for me. Being the last 100-marker with only 50 mile to go it was clear that I was gonna complete the entire trail. Now I've seen that I've also passed 2600 followers here on Instagram! I'm so happy for all of you and that you want to follow me on my adventures! Hearing from you, meeting you and hear your own stories is what keeps me going - so from the bottom I'm my heart, THANK YOU! ❤️
One year ago today, on June 5th 2016, I summited my very first mountain, Mount Whitney on a side trail of the PCT. With its 14505 ft / 4421 meter it counts as the highest mountain in the "lower 48" (the U.S. except the 2 states of Alaska and Hawaii). It was a bit tricky in the snow, but we all made it! I know there's a lot more snow in the Sierras this year so I wish all the thruhikers of 2017 all the best and also want to send them a reminder to stay safe. If Whitney feels to risky when you pass it, you can always do it later. The mountains won't go anywhere. ❤️
If you have a dream or something you really want to do, it can be a little bit scary to make it happen. We make up ideas about why now isn't the right time, why it's better to do it later. But the truth is that there's no better time than right now. Don't push forward your dreams. Make them happen. ☀️
Me after my first full day of kayaking last week. It was a bit scary and on this pic I'm super tired but so happy at the same time because I finally did it! And it was so much fun!
If there's something you feel like trying, just do it. Don't make up excuses for why now isn't the best time. Yesterday I rented a kayak and crossed through the islands in the Stockholm archipelago for the very first time. I moved here 13 years ago and I can't believe it's took me so long to do this! 
Good side with the story though: It's never to late.
2:30 in the morning and the sun is slowly rising over the Baltic Sea. I just love those bright summer nights. ❤️
Spent the whole day yesterday in the beautiful Nacka nature reserve just outside Stockholm. It's amazing how fast you can get out in nature, even in such a big city as the capital of Sweden! From the stockholm central station it's less then a 30 minutes drive and with the metro it will go even faster!
Tried a new form of workout yesterday: I put my backpack on and cycled to the store for some grocery shopping. 15K and 15kg on my back surely made me feel both good and exhausted afterwards!

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