What is the PCT?

The Pacific Crest Trail, one of the best trail experiences on earth!

The Pacific Crest Trail (commonly abbreviated as the PCT, and occasionally designated as the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail) is a long-distance hiking and equestrian trail closely aligned with the highest portion of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges, which lie 100 to 150 miles (160 to 240 km) east of the U.S. Pacific coast.

pct mapThe trail is 2,650 miles long and runs from a low hill near Campo (a small town in Southern California on the Mexican border) to Monument 78 (a monument on the Canadian border, most famed for being at the PCT’s northern terminus).  Hiking the trail takes between 4 and 6 months, just think of the beards!  Essentially, it’s pretty bad ass.

It ranges in elevation from just above sea level at the Oregon–Washington border to 4,009m (13,153 feet) at Forester Pass in the Sierra Nevada (so around base camp on TJ). The route passes through 25 national forests and 7 national parks.  One of the significant points in the trip will be Chester, California (near Mt. Lassen), where the Sierra and Cascade mountain ranges meet, as it’s the official midpoint of the trail (the point at which we’ll be walking towards Canada as opposed to away from Mexico).

A parallel route for bicycles, the Pacific Crest Bicycle Trail (PCBT) is a 2,500-mile (4,000 km) route designed closely parallel to the PCT on roads. The PCT and PCBT cross in about 27 places along their routes.  Henley doesn’t know this yet, but I hope to throw a curve ball when we’re at our lowest ebb on the hike (you know, as a pick me up) and suggest it as a means of returning.

Apparently, the fastest time for the PCT is 59 days and 8 hours, which is just incredible.  I guess that’s just what happens when you have a phobia of using nature as your bathroom.  More than happy to drop bombs in the wild (in fact, we prefer it), our intrepid volunteers intend to complete the trek in a much more leisurely time of around 130 days.

This information has been lovingly plagiarised from:
http://www.pcta.org – Home of the Pacific Crest Trail Association
http://www.pmags.com – Paul Magnanti’s outdoor ramblings
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Crest_Trail – Wikipedia, trust it or not, it’s a fuente of information