What is the P.C.T. ?

“The Pacific Crest Trail (P.C.T.) spans 2,650 miles (4,265 kilometers) from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon, and Washington. It reveals the beauty of the desert, unfolds the glaciated expanses of the Sierra Nevada, travels deep forests, and provides commanding vistas of volcanic peaks in the Cascade Range”
In 1926 a proposal was made to create a hiking trail through California, Oregon and Washington. In 1939 the PCT appears on a federal government map for the first time and in 1968 the PCT was finally designated a National Scenic Trail. The trail is closely aligned with the highest portion of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges, which lie 100 to 150 miles east of the Pacific coastline. The trail’s southern terminus is on the U.S. border with Mexico, south of Campo, California, and its northern terminus is on the Canada–US border on the edge of Manning Provincial Park in British Columbia.
The PCT crosses over 57 major mountain passes, dips into 19 major canyons, ambles past a thousand lakes, travels through 7 National Parks, 25 National Forests, 48 Federal Wilderness Areas and five National Monuments. Some of the highlights of the trail include Sequoia National Park, Yosemite National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Tahoe National Forest, the John Muir Trail, Crater Lake National Park, Mt. Hood National Park, North Cascades National Park, Mt Rainier National Park, Mount Baden-Powell, the San Jacinto Wilderness, the San Andreas Fault and the western arm of the Mojave Desert. The lowest point of the trail is slightly above sea level at 140’ and rises to 13,153’ at Forester Pass. A “quick” hike to the summit of Mount Whitney, the highest summit in the contiguous United States, will take you to an elevation of 14,505 feet. Over the course of the trail, a thru hiker will ascend an amazing 489,418’ feet uphill and descend 488,411′ feet downhill.image