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Hike the Pacific Crest Trail with a Cicerone guidebook

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5 Nov 2015
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.9cm
1st Published
21 Sep 2010
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The Pacific Crest Trail

by Brian Johnson
Book published by Cicerone Press

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. 

  • Seasons
    The PCT is designed to be hiked when it is free of snow; Southern California is best in the Spring or Autumn and the High Sierra, Northern California, Oregon and Washington are best from late June to early October
  • Centres
    Most hikers access the PCT from San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle or Vancouver, all of which are about 50 miles west of the trail
  • Difficulty
    The PCT is a well-engineered trail taking the hiker easily through the mountains but it is a wilderness trail, often a long way from road access, and you will need to carry food for several days; there is little accommodation so you will need to camp or bivouac
  • Must See
    The High Sierra of California with Mount Whitney, the John Muir Trail and Yosemite National Park; Crater Lake in Oregon; the towering volcanoes of the Cascade Mountains: Lassen Peak, Mount Shasta, The Three Sisters, Mount Washington, Mount Jefferson, Mount Hood, Mount Adams, Mount Rainier and Glacier Peak


October 2011

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           

Weather patterns          

Plant and wildlife       

What the walking’s like         



Wilderness hiking        


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         

THE HIGH SIERRA           

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           


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