About the PCT
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!
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
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
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.
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.