PACIFIC CREST TRAIL
Length: 2650 miles
First explored in the late 1930’s
5 Sections: Southern California (648 miles)
Central California (505 miles)
Northern California (567)
Oregon (430 miles) & Washington (500 miles).
Elevation Gain 489,000 ft
Highest point Forester Pass (13,153 ft)
Lowest point Cascade Locks, Oregon (140 ft)
The current self-supported speed record for thru-hiking the PCT was set by Heather “Anish” Anderson in 2013, at 60 days, 17 hours and 12 minutes (That’s 44 miles a day people! I averaged 21)
About 1500 people attempted to hike the entire Pacific Crest Trail in 2015.
The PCT passes the 3 deepest lakes in the nation:Lake Tahoe (1645′) Crater Laker (1932′)and Lake Chelan (1149′).
As the crow flies the distance is just over 1000 miles; the PCT is two and a half times that!
Passes through 33 federally mandated wilderness; 25 national forests; 7 national parks; and 3 national monuments.
The PCT climbs over 57 major mountain passes; plunges into 19 major canyons and passes more than a 1000 lakes and tarns.
The PCT includes six of North Americas seven eco-zones.