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Pacific Crest Trail (Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail / PCT)
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
- in a tent/tarp
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.
Useful links to the Pacific Crest Trail
- Official website of the trail
- The following websites offer you further information: Link 1 Link 2
- You can find a PDF with further information here:
Our recommendation for hiking maps and hiking guides to the Pacific Crest Trail
Map and elevation profile of the Pacific Crest Trail
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