This is the 6th edition of the national outdoor book award winner pacific crest trail. Near twin peaks, the trt splits from the pct and turns east toward lake tahoe. Heres how to start the pacific crest trail one of the hardest parts of the pct is simply getting to the southern start, in the middle of the desert by the u. Schaffer, ben schifrin, thomas winnett, the late ruby jenkins, andy selters, the staff of wilderness press, and all the others who worked on the pacific crest trail series through the years for winning the 2008 national outdoor book award in the classic category. It then passes through lake morena county park, tunnels beneath interstate 8, and climbs through chaparral, scrub oak and pines to the rim of the laguna mountains.
Pacific crest trail pocket atlas pacific crest trail maps. A ride on the pct makes lifetime memories and enhances that special relationship between horse and rider. From lost to found on the pacific crest trail by cheryl strayed, mile 445 by claire henley miller, thruhikin. Now thoroughly updated and redesigned into two portable volumes, pacific crest trail. The hat creek rim in northern california is a 30mile hike between reliable water sources. While many hikers attempt a thruhike every year, beginning in campo, california and connecting their footsteps all the way to manning park, b. On the pacific crest trail, strayed was able to hike from californias mojave. Buy pacific crest trail guide series southern california by k. For places to park an rv or pitch a tent in the southern half of the state, the top campgrounds in southern california provide ample environments to explore. Pcta is the only organization dedicated to preserving the entire trail and the experiences it provides so that you and others have a wild place for personal reflection. The pacific crest trail, officially designated as the pacific crest national scenic trail pct is a longdistance hiking and equestrian trail closely aligned with the highest portion of the cascade and sierra nevada mountain ranges, which lie 100 to 150 miles 160 to 240 km east of the u.
Print and carry the pct water report if youre hiking in southern california. The pacific crest trail extends for a whopping 2,650 miles from mexico to canada, forging an unbroken footpath through three statescalifornia, oregon, and washington. Southern california ebook written by david money harris. While our trip focuses on the mount shasta region of the trail, it is a wonderful chance to get a taste of life as a thruhiker on the pct. Planning to thruhike the tahoe rim trail in california. Mileages, landmarks, facilities, resupply data, and essential trail information for the entire pacific crest trail, from mexico to canada. Tehachapi pass, california pacific crest trail association. Both have complete 2color topographic maps and comprehensive descriptions, including mileages and elevations.
Discover the trail pacific crest trail association. Traversing 700 miles of deserts and mountain ranges, the pacific crest trail is striking and easily accessible in southern california. Plan your thruhike adventure with backpacker s definitive guide. Thruhikers and riders normally move from south to north, starting in may and ending around september. Nov 03, 2017 if your adventure plans include backpacking in southern california or up into the sierra nevada range on this magnificent trail, get a copy of this book. She then decides to hike the pacific crest trail despite zero hikingwilderness experience.
An interactive map of the pacific crest trail pct complete with a statebystate breakdown, state maps, section highlights, length and highest elevation. Southern california, 6ed pdf ebook edition winner of the classic award in the 2008 national outdoor book awards. In southern california, dangerous stretches blanket the trail within the first 200 miles of the border. The pacific crest trail, officially designated as the pacific crest national scenic trail is a longdistance hiking and equestrian trail closely aligned with the highest portion of the cascade and sierra nevada mountain ranges, which lie 100 to 150 miles east of the u. Southern california saw training and certification weekend. Section hiking from campo to tuolumne meadows is available from mountaineers books. Southern california a succinct, portable guide to the best segments of the pacific crest trail in southern california. The trail is generally snowfree by aprilmay border to san gorgonio pass. The pacific crest national scenic trail pct offers a spectacular footpath tracing a route from the southern california desert to the snowbound mountains of the washingtoncanada border. The southern california pct is also covered in the pacific crest trail data book. Southern california starts at the mexican border and guides you to yosemites beautiful back country. Long beach unit the long beach unit lbu is ideal for casual strolls through the temperate rainforest and along sandy beaches. It reveals the beauty of the desert, unfolds the glaciated expanses of the sierra nevada, travels deep forests, and provides commanding vistas of volcanic peaks in the cascade range.
For some additional reading on the southern california section of the pacific crest trail, check out the pacific crest trail. The trt shares a path with the pacific crest trail for about 50 miles. Pacific crest trail backpacking in northern california. Having gone through this book i find it to be a very detailed guide on the pacific crest trail.
This beautiful poster shows the entire length of the trail from mexico to canada through california, oregon, and washington. They tell me where, i am going, how to get there, side and alternate routesa huge plus, histories, points of interest and much, much more. The pacific crest trail pocket map series is a complete and concise set of topographic maps created with digitized base maps covering every step of the 2,650 mile trail from mexico to canada the most current data available. My longest thru hike so far is the 211mile john muir trail, which ive hiked. Advice on love and life from dear sugar, a national best seller now the basis of the. Pcta store is temporarily offline pacific crest trail. On its more than 2,600mile journey from mexico to canada, the pct crosses some of the wests most gorgeous landscapes, from the parched deserts of southern california to the rain and snowdrenched peaks of the north cascades. It crosses over deserts and tunnels through forests, travels across glaciated mountain passes, and. From lost to found on the pacific crest trail, which was the first selection for oprahs book club 2. This is the first of two books in our pacific crest trail series. The entire length of the pacific crest trail is open to riders and their horses. Waterproof and tearresistant, they include information on water sources, resupply options, camping, road crossings and more.
California this fifth edition previous, 1989 is indispensable for hikers who plan to trek the entire california section of the pacific crest trail. All orders are custom made and most ship worldwide within 24 hours. Southern california pacific crest trail association. Day and section hiking pacific crest trail association. South beach trail in pacific rim national park tofino trails. The trail s southern terminus is just south of campo, california by the u. Campfires are almost never allowed in southern california, and because of the drought campfire bans will be in place in. The trails southern terminus is just south of campo, california by the u. Reese witherspoons wild movie, featuring the pacific. These maps are the evolution of the famed halfmile maps. First published in 1973, the pacific crest trail, vol. The trail has only been mapped with consumerlevel tools, so the data sets. Reese witherspoons wild movie, featuring the pacific crest trail. Southern california and also see pacific crest trail pocket maps for southern california.
About pacific crest trail authors kudos to jeffrey p. In 1970, pacific rim national park reserve was established and in 1973, the lifesaving trail was included in the national park reserve as a recreational hiking trail, beginning a new chapter in its history. It crosses over deserts and tunnels through forests, travels across glaciated mountain passes, and skirts the shoulders of conical volcanic peaks. Advice on love and life from dear sugar, a national best seller now the basis of the wbur podcast dear sugar radio, cohosted. Find a trip if youre unfamiliar with the pct, we recommend starting with one of the trails guidebooks. There arent many paths that stoke dreams like the pacific crest trail. In the book and movie, cheryl strayed chooses to hike the pacific crest trail. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Southern california 8th edition october 25, 2017 major updates for 2018 the pacific crest trail pocket map series is a current. Her book was later made into a film of the same name starring reese. The pacific crest trail extends for a whopping 2,650 miles from mexico to canada, forging. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and mountain biking. The west coast trail is a 5 to 7 day backpacking route that winds through temperate rainforests along beaches, cliffs and sandstone. The trail soon drops steeply into thickly wooded ward canyon, where the scent of pine and the rustling of aspen leaves fill.
It was early june 1995 when cheryl strayed first set foot on the pacific crest trail at tehachapi pass off highway 58 about 12 miles west of the town of mojave, calif. Continue your wild journey by joining the pacific crest trail association. Pacific crest trail hiker gift guide section hikers. National geographics wall map of the pacific crest trail is ideal for fans and hikers of this magnificent national scenic trail. If you want a traditional guidebook sans detailed maps, the pacific crest trail by brian johnson is. Pacific crest trail traverses the high road from mexico to canada through 3 states. The largest portion is in california, where it runs the length of the sierras as well as through the southern cascades. Today, over 7,500 backpackers hike the west coast trail every year. In this southern california guide, local david money harris describes 31 day hikes and. If your adventure plans include backpacking in southern california or up into the sierra nevada range on this magnificent trail, get a copy of this book. Southern california at just over 700 miles, the southern california section of the pacific crest trail is a diverse and stunning landscape, brimming with life, and a fitting start or end to a thruhike. Pacific crest trail pocket maps southern california by k. When you are here, you are in one of canada s special placespacific rim national park reserve, protected as a treasured piece of canada s pacific coast.
The pacific crest trail spans 2,650 miles 4,265 kilometers from mexico to canada through california, oregon, and washington. The pacific crest national scenic trail pct traces a 2,650mile route from the californiamexico border north to the border of washington and canada. Anyone who has read wild or who sees the movie will remember cheryls initial struggles to lift her heavy backpack and her first arduous hike north from tehachapi pass. The pacific rim trail is a link between shelter cove road and the paradise royale loop. Pacific crest trail pocket maps southern california k. Pacific crest trail map california 1,630 miles in california 2,638 total. The section begins at the southern terminus monument. Southern california section hiking from campo to tuolumne meadows. Located on the wickaninnish beach road, the south beach trail begins from the parking lot next to the wickaninnish interpretive centre.
The trail dips into anzaborrego desert state park at scissors crossing. But it also provides the opportunity to experience peace, joy. The authoritative guide for planning a trip along the california section of the pacific crest trail. With minimal elevation gain and loss, the trail is accessible to all levels of backpacker fitness. Jan 30, 2019 the authors of mountaineers books hiking the pacific crest trail series offer their top tips to help you prepare for their respective sections of the trail in southern california, northern california, oregon, and washington. The pacific crest trail has long been a place for adventurers to come and find peace in the journey. Heres how to start the pacific crest trail outside online. May 17, 2015 hikers are flooding the pacific crest trail. The pacific crest trail is one of americas most storied trails.
The free printable pacific crest trail maps and guides below are organized by state starting in the south at the mexican border in southern california, and working the way north along the p. With the new 5th edition pacific crest trail pocket atlas you can carry a complete set of topographic maps and trail data in your pocket. Wild movie and book pacific crest trail association. Central california the pacific crest trail through the famed sierra nevada is one of the premier trail experiences in the world. Forest service series of 10 pacific crest trail maps are plasticized and come with descriptions and photos.
Join us in thanking these generous businesses for their support of the pacific crest trail. This is easiest because of issues with heat, snow and rain source. My longest thruhike so far is the 211mile john muir trail, which ive hiked. As it traverses the high road from mexico to canada, incredible views are not only commonplace but also uniquely diverse, because the trail connects six of north americas seven ecozones. The elevation ranges from 6240 feet at the outlet of lake tahoe to 10,338 feet at relay peak in nevada. On its more than 2,600mile journey from mexico to canada, the pct crosses some of the wests most gorgeous landscapes, from the parched deserts of southern california to the rain and snowdrenched peaks of. With over 200 maps, this comprehensive guide provides indepth coverage of the pacific crest trail pct from the mexican border to tuolumne meadows in yosemite national park. From lost to found on the pacific crest trail by cheryl.
Inspired designs on tshirts, posters, stickers, home decor, and more by independent artists and designers from around the world. The pacific crest trail was designated as one of the first national scenic trails way back in 1968. It is also a superb resource for shorter hikes, as it divides the trail into 18 sections, almost all of which begin and end at roads. The trt is a 173mile loop according to guthooks around the lake tahoe basin in the sierra nevada and carson ranges of california and nevada. Alas, they have no immediate plans for updating these books. Section hiking from campo to tuolumne meadows salabert, shawnte on. If you head into the sierra too early, youll face significant snow. Its companion volume meets the trail at tuolumne meadows.
Extending all the way from canada to mexico, the pacific crest trail is one of this countrys greatest longdistance wilderness trails. The pct provides for a rich lifetime of day, weekend and weeklong trips. The best hiking trails in california go well beyond the pacific crest trail. Combers beach trail is a true hidden gem in pacific rim national park reserve. Top 10 longdistance hiking trails in the us travel the guardian. The joint tahoe rim trail pacific crest national scenic trail north of barker pass rolls across open hillsides decorated with wildflowers. High quality pacific crest trail gifts and merchandise. The pct is divided into five sections based on location and terrain. This complete path guide will be useful both in preparation and during your hike, whether youre going two and a half miles or the full two and a half thousand miles. The pacific crest national scenic trail pct traces a 2,650mile route from the californiamexico border north to the border of washington and.
A memoir written by a woman who loses her mother and then promptly takes up heroin and cheating on her sweet husband who she loves very much. These three books have the trail maps and descriptions needed for each state. It is part of the triple crown of longdistance trails, which includes the appalachian trail and continental divide trail. To hike the entire trail takes about five monthsif all goes wellwalking. Pacific crest trail guide series southern california by k. The pacific crest trail is a challenging 2650 mile 4265 kilometer trek. The pacific crest trail is a challenging 2,650 mile 4,265 kilometer trek through california, oregon, and washington. Pacific rim mountain bike trail, redway, california. Read blogs and books written by people who have done thruhikes before. Southern california, central california, northern california, oregon and washington.
The southern california and northern california guides of hiking the pacific crest trail complete the fourvolume set written for hikers planning to just tackle the trail sections in their nearby region, those who will chip away at pieces of the whole trail over a lifetime, or trekkers who set out in the socal desert and charge all the way to canada. Everything you need to know about hiking the pacific crest trail. The pacific crest trail stretches a length of 2,659 miles from mexico to canada through three states. The pct, as its commonly called by hikers, runs continuously from the border of mexico up through california sierra nevada. All royalties from this book will be donated to the pacific crest trail association to help maintain and protect the trail. Pacific crest trail pocket maps southern california. It gives you driving direction, where the trail heads are along with gps coordinates, places of interest along each section of the trail like vista points and places to camp on multi day portions of the pct. Pacific crest trail southern california segment length 648 miles. This guide will prepare you for hiking and surviving this spectacular wilderness experience. But it also provides the opportunity to experience peace, joy, love, reflection, accomplishment, and transformation. Inspire a love of reading with prime book box for kids discover delightful childrens books with prime book box, a subscription that delivers new books every 1.
Start counterclockwise on the pacific rim green loop, turning left on the pacific rim trail. Pacific crest trail guide series southern california by. The national geographic maps series of 11 pacific crest trail map booklets are convenient, detailed, uptodate and designed for use on the trail. The pct requires a special mix of experience, skill, research and careful preparation. Plan your thruhike adventure with backpackers definitive guide.
Americans have long looked at the california shore and seen the end of the continent. The pacific crest national scenic trail pct traces a 2,650mile route from the california mexico border north to the border of washington and canada. The climbing begins right away with a continuous grunt up to paradise ridge. Reese witherspoons wild movie, featuring the pacific crest.
The pacific crest trail is one of the nations best known longdistance national scenic trails. Download free maps of the pacific crest trail in the columbia river gorge. The pct, as its commonly called by hikers, runs continuously from the border of mexico up through california sierra nevada, then onward to oregon and washington and the. Nov 03, 2014 the pacific crest trail is one of the nations best known longdistance national scenic trails.440 1034 1268 1211 1301 791 936 1153 286 1207 175 573 151 1117 310 1404 726 798 1131 213 138 151 926 523 1103 255 1308 445 409 1087 272 341 152 101 643 1085