Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) – Preview

2650 miles approx. (4265 km)

START : Campo, CA – US/Mexico border.

FINISH : Manning Park, US/Canada border.



  • For the most part the trail is well marked and easy to follow. The primary exception can be sections of the High Sierra, which generally remain snowbound into July.
  • Temperatures can range from scorching in the Mojave to below freezing in the High Sierra. Geographically speaking, the trail passes through deserts, lava fields, old-growth forests, glacier-carved valleys and snow capped peaks.


  • This is the only one of the 12 walks which I have previously completed. Happily, it is also one of my all-time favourites. This time around I will be travelling lighter (7lb base weight instead of 14lb), faster (in 2007 I took more than 20 zero days in addition to a lengthy side trip to finish the JMT) and will begin the trail in much better shape.

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