The Pacific Crest trail or as it’s officially know as, Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, is a long-distance trail that goes from the U.S. border with Mexico all the way to Manning Park in Canada. It follows the Sierra Nevada and Cascades mountain ranges and is approximately 2650 miles long though this differs year to year as the trail is rerouted constantly due to land closures. Due to its length, it passes through many different types of climates, from the desert in Southern California, mountainous terrain in the Sierras to the forests of the Pacific Northwest.
The Pacific Crest trail was officially designated in 1968 due to the government worrying about the American youth was becoming too unhealthy (I read this somewhere, really!) but it hasn’t been that popular to thru-hike it (that means hiking all of the 2650 miles) until Cheryl Strayed popularized through her book. Now it’s becoming more and more popular with thousands of hikers attempting to hike all of the 2650 miles or parts of it.
I discovered the trail in 2014 while reading about the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal. It was always mentioned due to the book Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed (which I recommend reading as well as watching the movie adaptation) but back then I dismissed it completely since I had had no hiking or outdoors experience.
I really fell in love with hiking and the outdoors though. Hiking in Nepal was one of the greatest experiences of my life and since then I’ve been hiking Kilimanjaro, climbing a few mountains, and when the opportunity arose and I had both time and money to travel for a long time, I decided that now is the time.
Due to time-constraints on my visa, I’ll be attempting to hike from Campo (mile 0) to Ashland in Oregon (mile 1726). It’s not ideal but I need to keep in mind that it’s the journey that counts, not the end goal, and I’ll make sure to enjoy every single mile I manage to hike!
I’ll be starting at the end of March and have until mid-June to hike as much as I can!
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