Guidebook

The Pacific Crest Trail

The legendary thru-hike of America’s West Coast states.

Jesse Weber

Description

Stretching from dusty desert on the Mexican border, across snowy mountains in California, to rainy forest at the Canadian border, the Pacific Crest Trail travels through an overwhelming array of environments and covers a daunting distance of 2,650+ miles. It tours some of the American West’s most iconic and wild scenery: sky islands of Southern California, the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States, Yosemite and other national parks of the Sierra Nevada, giant volcanoes of the Cascade Range, and the Columbia River Gorge. A thru-hike earns all this scenery plus the prestige of traveling on foot from one international border to another, across the entire north-south span of the western United States.

Hiking the continuous footpath from Mexico to Canada is, of course, the legendary achievement on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), but there’s no requirement to complete all of it. Most PCT hikers simply do sections at a time, coinciding with ideal seasons by region. Those who attempt the full length typically begin from the south in mid-April or May and finish in August or September. Some hike north to south instead, starting in late June or early July and finishing in October or November.

In many ways, the PCT is an ideal long-distance trail for determined thru-hikers, with a balanced mix of conveniences and challenges. It is well-marked, well-maintained, and gently graded for its full length (occasional washouts and seasonal snowfields notwithstanding). Resupply points and water sources are frequent enough, but just barely so in certain sections. However, the windows can be short for ice-free trails in the mountains and for water sources in the deserts. The seasonal combinations of variables––high and low, hot and cold, wet and dry––necessitate careful planning and preparation for all manner of conditions.

This guidebook contains every mile of the Pacific Crest Trail from a northbound perspective, divided into digestible segments between reasonable access points. This makes the information useful for section hikers making loops or shuttling, and also for distance hikers planning for resupply. Key information like water sources, possible camps, and notable scenery are included, as well as requirements for permits and other tips for logistics. This is by no means an exhaustive resource, but it should serve as a guideline for planning and navigation. Whether or not your goal is to piece together every step of the PCT, this guidebook can be a starting point to get you on the trail.

PCT: Campo to Lake Morena
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PCT: Campo to Lake Morena

7 - 8 hrs
30.8 km
897 m
848 m
The southernmost section of the PCT, beginning at Mile 0 on the Mexico border, going to Mile 20 at Lake Morena Park.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Lake Morena to Mount Laguna
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PCT: Lake Morena to Mount Laguna

1 day +
33.2 km
1,322 m
460 m
Mile 20 to Mile 41.5 of the northbound PCT: Climbing to a highpoint near 6000 feet among cool pine forest in the Laguna Mountains.
Difficult
Private
PCT: Mount Laguna to Scissors Crossing
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PCT: Mount Laguna to Scissors Crossing

1 day +
55.9 km
1,253 m
2,363 m
Mile 41.5 to Mile 77 of the northbound PCT: Tracing the highland rim with a huge view over the desert, and gradually descending to the parched lower elevations.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Scissors Crossing to Warner Springs
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PCT: Scissors Crossing to Warner Springs

1 day +
49.0 km
1,203 m
964 m
Mile 77 to 109.5 of the northbound PCT: Continuing a long, waterless stretch through desert hills, then finding greener pastures in the broad valley to the north.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Warner Springs to Highway 78
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PCT: Warner Springs to Highway 78

1 day +
65.1 km
2,207 m
1,639 m
Miles 109.5-151.9 of the northbound PCT, and the start of CA Section B: Up and down through expansive desert hills, with crucial stops at friendly hiker havens.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Highway 74 to Saddle Junction
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PCT: Highway 74 to Saddle Junction

1 day +
41.7 km
2,178 m
1,207 m
Miles 151.9-179.4 of the northbound PCT: A long climb into the San Jacinto Mountains, reaching potentially treacherous terrain at the higher elevations.
Severe
Private
PCT: Saddle Junction to Interstate 10
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PCT: Saddle Junction to Interstate 10

1 day +
45.1 km
904 m
2,957 m
Miles 179.4-209.5 of the northbound PCT: Traversing precipitous slopes of the San Jacintos, then descending aggressively to the desert floor.
Severe
Private
PCT: Interstate 10 to Big Bear
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PCT: Interstate 10 to Big Bear

1 day +
87.4 km
3,756 m
2,091 m
Miles 209.5-266.1 of the northbound PCT: A long ascent from the low desert into the highlands, through a mountainous wilderness to a bustling resort town.
Difficult
Private
PCT: Big Bear to Silverwood Lake
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PCT: Big Bear to Silverwood Lake

1 day +
97.9 km
1,993 m
3,042 m
Miles 266.1-329 of the northbound PCT: Descending from the mountains through a gorge flowing with water, into a desert basin with a picturesque reservoir.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Silverwood Lake to Cajon Pass
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PCT: Silverwood Lake to Cajon Pass

4 - 5 hrs
20.5 km
453 m
570 m
Miles 329-342 of the Northbound PCT: Finishing up Section C to meet the interstate at Cajon Pass.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Cajon Pass to Inspiration Point
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PCT: Cajon Pass to Inspiration Point

1 day +
43.1 km
2,120 m
793 m
Miles 342-369.4 of the northbound PCT: A long and waterless ascent into the San Gabriel Mountains.
Difficult
Private
PCT: Inspiration Point to Agua Dulce
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PCT: Inspiration Point to Agua Dulce

1 day +
134.8 km
4,116 m
5,588 m
Miles 342-369.4 of the northbound PCT: Tracing a line across the sky above Los Angeles.
Difficult
Private
PCT: Agua Dulce to Lake Hughes
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PCT: Agua Dulce to Lake Hughes

1 day +
49.8 km
1,578 m
1,418 m
Miles 454.5-485.7 of the northbound PCT: Beginning California Section E, with meandering miles through the desert hills.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Lake Hughes to Highway 138
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PCT: Lake Hughes to Highway 138

1 day +
49.2 km
1,653 m
1,659 m
Miles 485.7-517.6 of the northbound PCT: A highland traverse overlooking the Mojave, then a quick descent to face the desert.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Highway 138 to Tehachapi Pass
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PCT: Highway 138 to Tehachapi Pass

1 day +
77.8 km
1,935 m
1,692 m
Miles 517.6-566.5 of the northbound PCT: Following "The Aqueduct" and rows of windmills through the Mojave Desert.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Tehachapi Pass to Walker Pass
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PCT: Tehachapi Pass to Walker Pass

1 day +
134.9 km
4,305 m
3,878 m
California Section F of the PCT: A procession of parched hills leading into the Sierra Nevada.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Walker Pass to Kennedy Meadows
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PCT: Walker Pass to Kennedy Meadows

1 day +
78.8 km
2,931 m
2,698 m
Miles 652-702 of the northbound PCT, and the start of CA Section G: A journey of ups and downs to finally escape the desert and get into high country, reaching the gateway to the Sierra at Kennedy Meadows.
Difficult
Private
PCT: Kennedy Meadows to Cottonwood Pass
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PCT: Kennedy Meadows to Cottonwood Pass

1 day +
75.6 km
2,952 m
1,389 m
Miles 702-750.2 of the northbound PCT: From Kennedy Meadows South, along a stretch of the Sierra Crest, to a trail junction near the road that leads to Lone Pine.
Difficult
Private
PCT: Cottonwood Pass to Crabtree Meadow
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PCT: Cottonwood Pass to Crabtree Meadow

6 - 7 hrs
26.1 km
861 m
972 m
Miles 750.2-767 of the northbound PCT, and the end of CA Section G: Forging higher into the Sierra and joining with the John Muir Trail near Mount Whitney.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Crabtree Meadow to Kearsarge Pass Junction
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PCT: Crabtree Meadow to Kearsarge Pass Junction

1 day +
34.9 km
1,450 m
1,534 m
Miles 767-788.9 of the northbound PCT: Cresting the highest elevation anywhere on the 2,650-mile trail, at the 13,200-foot Forester Pass.
Difficult
Private
PCT: Kearsarge Pass junction to Bishop Pass junction
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PCT: Kearsarge Pass junction to Bishop Pass junction

1 day +
67.7 km
2,588 m
3,129 m
Miles 788.9-831 of the northbound PCT: Crossing over three high passes and through deep gorges between, surrounded by grandiose peaks of the High Sierra.
Severe
Private
PCT: Bishop Pass Junction to Muir Trail Ranch
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PCT: Bishop Pass Junction to Muir Trail Ranch

1 day +
42.8 km
1,204 m
1,464 m
Miles 831-857.7 of the northbound PCT: Climbing along lakes and falls to Muir Pass, rolling through sky-high meadows of Evolution Basin, then descending through yet another waterfall gorge of the central Sierra Nevada.
Difficult
Private
PCT: Muir Trail Ranch to VVR Ferry
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PCT: Muir Trail Ranch to VVR Ferry

1 day +
33.9 km
1,313 m
1,315 m
Miles 857.7-878.7 of the northbound PCT: Crossing over Selden Pass, between two opportunities for resupply in the remote expanse of the central Sierra.
Moderate
Private
PCT: VVR Ferry to Red's Meadow
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PCT: VVR Ferry to Red's Meadow

1 day +
44.8 km
1,762 m
1,839 m
Miles 878.7-906.7 of the northbound PCT: Over the seventh of nine major passes in the central Sierra, and reaching the outskirts of Mammoth, CA near Devils Postpile.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Red's Meadow to Tuolumne Meadows
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PCT: Red's Meadow to Tuolumne Meadows

1 day +
57.2 km
1,889 m
1,588 m
Miles 906.7-942.5 of the northbound PCT: From Devils Postpile National Monument to Yosemite National Park, through the photo-famous landscape of Ansel Adams Wilderness.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Tuolumne Meadows to Sonora Pass
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PCT: Tuolumne Meadows to Sonora Pass

Yosemite National Park
1 day +
114.6 km
4,134 m
3,817 m
Miles 942.5-1016.9 of the northbound PCT: Continuing through the northern reaches of Yosemite National Park, among a labyrinth of granite far removed from the park’s crowded areas.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Sonora Pass to Ebbetts Pass
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PCT: Sonora Pass to Ebbetts Pass

1 day +
49.1 km
1,820 m
2,112 m
Miles 1016.9-1048.8 of the northbound PCT: Through the stark geology of the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness, to the crossing of a remote highway on the Sierra crest.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Ebbetts Pass to Echo Lake
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PCT: Ebbetts Pass to Echo Lake

1 day +
69.4 km
2,165 m
2,552 m
Miles 1048.8-1092.3 of the northbound PCT: Approaching Lake Tahoe through a mosaic of volcanic peaks and granite mounds, with mountainside meadows and alpine lakes around every turn.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Echo Lake to Barker Pass
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PCT: Echo Lake to Barker Pass

Lake Tahoe
1 day +
50.0 km
1,722 m
1,647 m
Miles 1092.3-1124.8 of the northbound PCT: Through the Desolation Wilderness near Lake Tahoe, packed with alpine lakes and prime camping within polished granite basins.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Barker Pass to Donner Summit
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PCT: Barker Pass to Donner Summit

Lake Tahoe
1 day +
44.5 km
1,623 m
1,795 m
Miles 1124.8-1153.4 of the northbound PCT: Tracing a line across the sky above Lake Tahoe, on a bald crest of craggy peaks.
Difficult
Private
PCT: Donner Pass to Sierra City
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PCT: Donner Pass to Sierra City

Lake Tahoe
1 day +
65.0 km
1,832 m
2,609 m
A meandering course over consecutive ridges and valleys, with no shortage of vast views or comfortable camps.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Sierra City to Quincy La Porte
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PCT: Sierra City to Quincy La Porte

Downieville
1 day +
61.2 km
2,752 m
2,164 m
Miles 1195.4-1234.8 of the northbound PCT: A big climb from the river to the crest, then a stroll along ridges and forest mosaic to the edge of an extensive burn area.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Quincy La Porte Rd to Bucks Summit
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PCT: Quincy La Porte Rd to Bucks Summit

1 day +
53.0 km
2,167 m
2,456 m
Miles 1234.8-1267.9 of the northbound PCT: Through the burn zone of a 2020 wildfire, on a rolling ridgewalk punctuated by a sharp dip into a river gorge.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Bucks Summit to Belden
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PCT: Bucks Summit to Belden

7 - 8 hrs
30.2 km
778 m
1,781 m
Miles 1267.9-1287 of the northbound PCT: Up and over a lofty plateau, then abruptly down into a river gorge, within the burn scar of the Dixie Fire.
Difficult
Private
PCT: Belden to Highway 36

PCT: Belden to Highway 36

1 day +
70.3 km
3,042 m
2,180 m
Miles 1287-1331.3 of the northbound PCT: A lengthy incline through the scar of the Dixie Fire, and reaching the midpoint of the trail between Mexico and Canada.
Difficult
Private
PCT: Highway 36 to Warner Valley
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PCT: Highway 36 to Warner Valley

7 - 8 hrs
30.1 km
1,017 m
831 m
Miles 1331.1-1350.1 of the northbound PCT: Entering Lassen Volcanic National Park for a taste of hydrothermal features that are rare outside of Yellowstone.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Warner Valley to Old Station
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PCT: Warner Valley to Old Station

1 day +
43.0 km
658 m
1,051 m
Miles 1350.1-1377.4 of the northbound PCT: Continuing through Lassen National Park, past backcountry lakes and views of volcanic peaks.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Old Station to Burney Falls
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PCT: Old Station to Burney Falls

1 day +
66.5 km
830 m
1,266 m
Miles 1377.4-1419 of the PCT: Along a panoramic rim with views to Mount Shasta, then down into a broad valley with entrenched creeks and the spectacle of Burney Falls.
Easy
Private
PCT: Burney Falls to Ash Camp
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PCT: Burney Falls to Ash Camp

1 day +
81.3 km
2,631 m
2,773 m
Enjoy frequent views from an undulating ridge, with lush valleys below and the white cap of Mount of Shasta on the horizon.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Ash Camp to Castle Crags
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PCT: Ash Camp to Castle Crags

1 day +
48.0 km
2,332 m
2,430 m
Rolling ridges and deep forest between the McCloud and Sacramento Rivers in Shasta-Trinity National Forest.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Castle Crags to Scott Mountain
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PCT: Castle Crags to Scott Mountain

1 day +
93.1 km
2,882 m
1,893 m
Miles 1501.2-1560.2 of the northbound PCT: A stunning hike beneath granite spires of the Castle Crags, then along miles of panoramic ridge within view of Mount Shasta.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Scott Mountain to Etna Summit
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PCT: Scott Mountain to Etna Summit

1 day +
62.8 km
2,696 m
2,522 m
Miles 1560.2-1599.7 of the northbound PCT: Through the rugged expanse of two wilderness areas, each studded with granite peaks and sparkling lakes.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Etna Summit to Seiad Valley
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PCT: Etna Summit to Seiad Valley

1 day +
88.5 km
2,370 m
3,773 m
Miles 1599.7-1655.9 of the northbound PCT: Through the stunningly colorful landscape of the Marble Mountains Wilderness.
Difficult
Private
PCT: Seiad Valley to I-5 in Oregon
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PCT: Seiad Valley to I-5 in Oregon

1 day +
99.4 km
4,076 m
3,190 m
Miles 1655.9-1718.9 of the northbound PCT: The final big climb from a Northern California valley, then along a panoramic ridge to cross into Oregon.
Difficult
Private
PCT: Interstate 5 to Hyatt Lake
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PCT: Interstate 5 to Hyatt Lake

1 day +
36.2 km
1,299 m
1,043 m
Miles 1718.9-1742.7 of the northbound PCT: Beginning the ranges of Oregon with a climb and a ridgewalk, among fragrant forest and meadows plus a giant tower of basalt.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Hyatt Lake to Highway 140
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PCT: Hyatt Lake to Highway 140

1 day +
48.4 km
1,233 m
1,267 m
Miles 1742.7-1773.4 of the northbound PCT: Following the Cascade Crest farther into Oregon, through deep conifer forest and over beds of ancient lava.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Highway 140 to Mazama Village
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PCT: Highway 140 to Mazama Village

1 day +
74.8 km
1,930 m
1,565 m
Miles 1773.4-1820.9 of the northbound PCT: Threading between wooded lakes among volcanic hills, then crossing a long expanse of dry forest on the way into Crater Lake National Park.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Sky Lakes Alternate
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PCT: Sky Lakes Alternate

3 - 4 hrs
12.6 km
366 m
205 m
A very tempting deviation from the PCT to camp beside forest lakes, for a change in scenery and reliable water in late summer.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Stuart Falls Alternate
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PCT: Stuart Falls Alternate

2 - 3 hrs
10.9 km
342 m
268 m
An alternative that skips some of the “Oregon Desert” expanse of the PCT, where water is scarce for nearly 20 miles.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Mazama Village to Highway 138
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PCT: Mazama Village to Highway 138

1 day +
42.9 km
676 m
754 m
Miles 1820.9-1847.8 of the northbound PCT: Weaving through the volcanic landscape of Crater Lake National Park, but bypassing the namesake attraction itself.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Crater Rim Alternate
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PCT: Crater Rim Alternate

4 - 5 hrs
18.4 km
704 m
581 m
A popular detour from the PCT in Crater Lake National Park, tracing the edge of the caldera for astounding views over the lake.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Highway 138 to Summit Lake
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PCT: Highway 138 to Summit Lake

1 day +
67.8 km
1,794 m
1,892 m
Miles 1847.8-1890.7 of the northbound PCT: Beginning OR Section D in the Mount Thielsen Wilderness, and cresting the highest point of the PCT in Oregon and Washington.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Summit Lake to Highway 58
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PCT: Summit Lake to Highway 58

Oakridge
6 - 7 hrs
27.2 km
663 m
820 m
Miles 1890.7-1907.9 of the northbound PCT: Continuing Oregon Section D around the base of Diamond Peak, through a wilderness of deep woods and hidden lakes.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Highway 58 to Elk Lake junction
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PCT: Highway 58 to Elk Lake junction

Oakridge
1 day +
69.9 km
1,533 m
1,482 m
Miles 1907.9-1952.6 of the northbound PCT: Traveling expansive old-growth forest on a land of ancient volcanism, entering the Three Sisters Wilderness.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Elk Lake junction to McKenzie Pass
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PCT: Elk Lake junction to McKenzie Pass

1 day +
48.9 km
1,494 m
1,486 m
Miles 1952.6-1983.8 of the northbound PCT: Out of the woods and into a mosaic of black and green, crossing volcanic plateaus and lava flows at the feet of the Three Sisters.
Moderate
Private
PCT: McKenzie Pass to Santiam Pass
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PCT: McKenzie Pass to Santiam Pass

6 - 7 hrs
26.7 km
594 m
741 m
Miles 1983.8-2000.9 of the northbound PCT: Crossing plains of hardened lava plus a patchwork of forest near the base of Mount Washington, and surpassing Mile 2000 of the walk from Mexico to Canada.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Santiam Pass to Olallie Lake
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PCT: Santiam Pass to Olallie Lake

1 day +
71.0 km
2,477 m
2,427 m
Miles 2000.9-2045.6 of the northbound PCT: Traversing the rugged slopes of Mount Jefferson and other volcanoes, through a wilderness shaped by ancient glaciers and recent wildfires.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Olallie Lake to Barlow Pass
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PCT: Olallie Lake to Barlow Pass

1 day +
71.6 km
1,534 m
1,778 m
Miles 2045.6-2091.7 of the northbound PCT: Moving along the Cascade Crest from the shadow of Mount Jefferson to the foot of Mount Hood, the highest of Oregon’s volcanoes.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Barlow Pass to Lolo Pass
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PCT: Barlow Pass to Lolo Pass

1 day +
34.2 km
1,501 m
1,719 m
Miles 2091.7-2114.2 of the northbound PCT: Climbing on the flanks of Mount Hood, to sweeping views over Oregon and up to the mountain’s icy crown.
Difficult
Private
PCT: Lolo Pass to Cascade Locks
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PCT: Lolo Pass to Cascade Locks

1 day +
51.3 km
1,755 m
2,784 m
Miles 2114.2-2146.9 of the northbound PCT: Finishing the state of Oregon with a winding ridge walk, then a grueling descent to the Columbia River at the Washington border, and the lowest elevation on the PCT.
Difficult
Private
PCT: Eagle Creek Alternate
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PCT: Eagle Creek Alternate

5 - 6 hrs
22.8 km
406 m
1,642 m
A popular trail beside jaw-dropping waterfalls, recently reopened following a fire.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Cascade Locks to Trout Lake
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PCT: Cascade Locks to Trout Lake

1 day +
124.7 km
4,654 m
3,495 m
Miles 2146.9-2228.9 of the northbound PCT: Starting the trek into Washington with a prolonged climb from the Columbia River, then a rolling meander through forested hills to the foot of Mount Adams.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Trout Lake to Potato Hill
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PCT: Trout Lake to Potato Hill

1 day +
34.6 km
1,085 m
811 m
Miles 2228.9-2251 of the northbound PCT: Wandering at the foot of Mount Adams, through a patchwork of forest and meadows crossed by glacier-fed streams.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Potato Hill to White Pass
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PCT: Potato Hill to White Pass

1 day +
67.7 km
2,451 m
2,557 m
Miles 2251-2294.9 of the northbound PCT: Through the jaw-dropping landscape of the Goat Rocks, where the trail traces a skyline ridge with views of Mount Rainier.
Difficult
Private
PCT: White Pass to Chinook Pass
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PCT: White Pass to Chinook Pass

1 day +
44.0 km
1,558 m
1,246 m
Miles 2294.9-2323.5 of the northbound PCT: Approaching Mount Rainier among montane forest and volcanic ridges dotted with lakes.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Chinook Pass to Snoqualmie Pass
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PCT: Chinook Pass to Snoqualmie Pass

Mount Rainier National Park
1 day +
109.1 km
3,512 m
4,258 m
Leaving Mount Rainier on a lofty mountain crest, then traveling miles of forest mosaic on a long series of hills to reach Snoqualmie Pass.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Snoqualmie Pass to Stevens Pass
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PCT: Snoqualmie Pass to Stevens Pass

1 day +
112.1 km
4,873 m
4,542 m
Miles 2393.2-2464.1 of the northbound PCT: Stunning views along a series of big ups and downs, between high mountain lakes and lush valley forest in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
Difficult
Private
PCT: Stevens Pass to High Bridge
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PCT: Stevens Pass to High Bridge

1 day +
165.7 km
6,281 m
7,040 m
Miles 2464.1-2571.9 of the northbound PCT: A long expanse through the Glacier Peak Wilderness, centered on Washington's most isolated stratovolcano.
Difficult
Private
PCT: High Bridge to Rainy Pass
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PCT: High Bridge to Rainy Pass

1 day +
29.9 km
1,535 m
536 m
Miles 2571.9-2591.1 of the northbound PCT: Through a lush river valley in North Cascades National Park.
Easy
Private
PCT: Rainy Pass to Harts Pass
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PCT: Rainy Pass to Harts Pass

1 day +
48.5 km
2,234 m
1,830 m
Miles 2591.1-2622 of the northbound PCT: The last of the big elevation swings in the North Cascades, featuring high ridges with larch trees and a sheltered valley with abundant creeks.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Harts Pass to Canada Border
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PCT: Harts Pass to Canada Border

1 day +
47.9 km
1,750 m
2,334 m
Miles 2622-2652.6 of the northbound PCT: The homestretch to Canada, along the Cascade Crest among golden larches and victorious views.
Moderate
Private
PCT: Canada Border to Manning Park
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PCT: Canada Border to Manning Park

3 - 4 hrs
13.8 km
439 m
552 m
Miles 2652.6-2661.4 of the northbound PCT: The final leg of the journey for those crossing into Canada.
Easy
Private