Pacific Crest Trail (Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail / PCT)

United States United States

Worth knowing

The Pacific Crest Trail runs for a length of 4265 kilometers through Kalifornien, Oregon and Washington in the United States.

The difficulty of the trail is rated as hard and it usually takes 213 days to walk the Pacific Crest Trail.
Of course, how long it really takes for the trail depends on the experience and fitness of the hikers.

The drinking water supply is on the way a problem depending on the season.
Reliable water points are not always available, as these may have dried out.
You should definitely plan ahead and get informed here!

On the trail you are self-sufficient.
But at irregular intervals (at least every few days) there is the possibility to buy food.
This needs to be planned accordingly and it can only be recommended to contact the aid stations and check the opening hours.

You can stay overnight in a tent/tarp.

Wild camping is allowed As always, leave behind no traces . Rubbish has to be taken away and nature has to be respected and protected!

Campfires are currently allowed. However, this can change at any time.
Therefore, please be sure to pay attention to public notices and a possible risk of forest fires..
In addition, new fireplaces should never be built, but existing ones should be used.

Facts about Pacific Crest Trail

4.265 km
Elevation gain
128.500 m
Elevation loss
129.000 m
Highest Point
Forester Pass / 4.009 m
Lowest Point
Cascade Locks / 43 m
Round Trip?
Walk in both directions?
4.265 km
128.500 m
129.000 m
Forester Pass
4.009 m
Cascade Locks
43 m
You have the following accommodation options on the Pacific Crest Trail
  • in a tent/tarp
Solitude on the Pacific Crest Trail
Wilderness / Virtually no people and no settlements

The best time to hike the Pacific Crest Trail is:


Arrival to the Pacific Crest Trail

You will arrive via San Diego International Airport.

You can get to Starting point via Bus / Zug. Duration approx. 3 hours.

Departure from the Pacific Crest Trail

Departure is via Seattle Tacoma International Airport.

You can get to the airport per Bus. Takes about 4 hours.

Map and elevation profile of the Pacific Crest Trail

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