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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New post! | Have you read my text about my first solo kayaking trip? Maybe you have started thinking about go kayaking yourself, but ain’t sure where to start?
Then I have some good news! I have just put together a longer text about how to start kayaking! The text contains everything from how to find a place to rent a kayak to videos of how you enter of the kayak - or how you do if you fall into the water. Check it out at: https://www.wilderness-stories.com/paddla-kajak/ (link in bio)!
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Do you dare to try it tonight? 🌙💐💍
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I just love “firsts”. To try out something for the very first time. When you don’t know what to do and just doing what feels right. Last week I did my first solo kayaking trip (that you can read about in my blog - link in bio). Today I decided to set out on my first longer bicycling trip! Not today, but very soon. I’ll keep you posted. 😉
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New blogpost | Last week I did my very first solo kayaking trip around the Stockholm Archipelago. It was a trip that both challenged my fears, proved to me that I can do more than I think and offered a lot of beautiful nature. Now you can see my photos from the trip and read my story about it in my new blogpost at Wilderness-Stories.com (link in bio)! 💙☀️
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Sunsets. Do they really need a caption? 💜
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This is my 2nd of 3 pics in the #BringYourOwnChallenge and with this post I want to challenge @melkerofsweden to accept the challenge! .
➡️ THE CHALLENGE:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
1. For ONE week, post (at least) THREE pictures of how you do to avoid single-use products. How do you minimize your consumption of products that become trash by the end of the day? Bring your own coffee cup/lunchbox/shopping bag/water bottle etc. post a picture of it and inspire others to do the same!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
2. Tag #BringYourOwnChallenge ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
3. For every post, challenge a friend to accept the challenge as well! Together we can make a difference!💕⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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It might be a cliche, but step out of your comfort zone and magic will happen. 
About a year ago, I tried kayaking for the very first time. Now I am on my first solo trip in the Stockholm archipelago. Yesterday had had to paddle over 1 km of open water to get to this island where I spent the night. I wasn’t really sure if I was gonna go there or not because the waves were higher than I had ever paddled in before. But then I remembered this thing I use to say: “At least try. If it then feels too scary or too risky, it’s always ok to turn back.” So I tried. It sure was a bit scary, but it went ok and I made it to the island. 
This morning I got my reward. This magical sunrise. .
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Refuse single-use products! Accept the #BringYourOwnChallenge ! 👊♻️🌎💕
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➡️ THE CHALLENGE:
1. During ONE week, post (at least) THREE pictures of how you do to avoid single-use products. How do you minimize your consumption of products that becomes trash by the end of the day? Bring your own coffee cup/lunchbox/shopping bag/water bottle etc. post a picture of it and inspire others to do the same!
2. Tag #BringYourOwnChallenge 
3. For every post, challenge a friend to accept the challenge as well! Together we can make a difference!💕
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This is my 1st of the 3 pics and with this I challenge @thereseeri to accept the challenge!
- And all you others are free to accept it too off course!👊💕
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