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Walk the Pacific Crest Trail with a Cicerone guidebook

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10 May 2017
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.9cm
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The Pacific Crest Trail

Hiking the PCT from Mexico to Canada

by Brian Johnson
Book published by Cicerone Press

Guidebook to the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), an epic 2650 mile hike from California's Mexican border to Canada's British Columbia. One of the world's best hikes, the route passes through California, Oregon and Washington State, taking in the Mojave desert, High Sierras, Cascades and countless more wild mountains.

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  • Activities
    Long-distance hiking
  • 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. Through-hikers need to start in mid-May.
  • 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.
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Map key

Overview map


A geologist’s delight
Weather patterns
Plant and wildlife
What the walking’s like
Wilderness hiking
Using this guide

Southern California
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)
Northern California
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 and conversions
Appendix B    Useful addresses
Appendix C    Other publications
Appendix D    Schedules for 110 to 180-day thru’-hikes
Appendix E    Summaries of Ancient Brit‘s 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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