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A guidebook to hiking the 2650 mile Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). From California's Mexican border to Canada's British Columbia, the trail hikes through America's most stunning Rocky Mountain wilderness, including Yosemite in the High Sierras, the Cascades and countless more wild mountains.
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The 2650 mile Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail runs from Mexico to Canada through the mountains of California, Oregan and Washington. It was purpose built exclusively for backpackers and horse-riders and visits some spectacular scenery that’s usually explored under clear and sunny skies.
This guidebook is a complete guide to hiking the world famous Pacific Crest Trail. The Trail, or PCT, is one of the world's longest treks as it winds through the mountains of America's wesst coast. From Mexico's border, through the Mojave desert into California's High Sierras, into Oregon, and through Washington State's Cascade mountains, this is a long wilderness trek of true adventure and exploration through diverse and stunning mountain scenery.
2650 miles is a lot of walking. While the PCT has been known, and walked, by thousands over the years, there was a burst of popularity following the 2015 film 'Wild' that chronicled the journey. To help with pacing and making any hike enjoyable rather than a trial; the guidebook is written with a relaxed pace in mind, and divided into 101 2 to 3 day stages, which can, of course, be combined into longer days according to ability and preference.
Alongside the notes and route descriptions, there are overview maps for the entire trail, and a detailed introduction that provides essential advice for planning and completing the route. From information on packing, supplies, water and bears, to details on the mountains, wildlife and regions trekkers will go through; this is an essential companion to taking on - and completing- this once in a lifetime adventure.
Correction to Appendix F: Ancient Brit’s 2002 (160-day) schedule
The last three lines of the table (on page 341) were missing from the first printing of this book. They should read:
156 Holman Pass 18.8 7:21 100
157 Castle Creek 18.6 7:28 101
158 Manning Park 8.0 3:30 101
A geologist’s delight
Plant and wildlife
What the walking’s like
Using this guide
1 Campo to Van Dusen Canyon (Big Bear City)
2 Big Bear City to Agua Dulce
3 Agua Dulce to Kennedy Meadows
4 Kennedy Meadows to Tuolumne Meadows
5 Tuolumne Meadows to Interstate 80 (Donner Pass)
6 Donner Pass to Interstate 5 (Castella)
7 Castella to Interstate 5 (Ashland)
8 Ashland to McKenzie Pass
9 McKenzie Pass to Cascade Locks
10 Cascade Locks to Snoqualmie Pass
11 Snoqualmie Pass to Manning Park
APPENDIX A Local information for European hikers
APPENDIX B Useful addresses
APPENDIX C Other publications
APPENDIX D Schedules for 110 to 180-day thru’-hikes
APPENDIX E Summaries of three schedules
APPENDIX F Ancient Brit’s 2002 (160-day) schedule
APPENDIX G Schedule for a 180-day thru’-hike
APPENDIX H Schedule for a super-slow start