Not only is the PCT the longest purpose-built hiking path in the world, it could also be argued the most scenic - mile for mile - of all long-distance trails. The weather is very forgiving during the typical hiking season and there is a thriving community surrounding the trail.
In my opinion the PCT is the perfect introduction into the world of long-distance hiking. It's certainly not without it's challenges, but I believe it's well within the grasp of any fit and determined hiker.
On a rainy morning in Southern California I took my first steps on what was to be the most transformative experience of my life. Over the next 4.5 months I met incredible people, hiked through some absolutely amazing places, and pushed my body to new limits. When I reached the Canadian border I think a part of me knew that although this trail had reached its end, something bigger had just begun.
PCT thru hike video below. (May take a moment to load)
(Some parts are silent due to a copyright complaint. Skip to 3:00 to jump to the scenery)
By the Numbers
Length: 2650 miles
Start: May 6th (Mexican Border)
Finish: Sept 24th (Canadian Border)
Average Pace: 18.7 mi/Day (Including rest days)
Longest Hiking Day: 52 miles
Shortest Hiking Day: 1 mile
River crossings that required wading: 2 (very low snow year)
Number of nights camped alone: 2
Bears seen: 2
Natural Hot Springs Visited: 2
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