A Primer to the Pacific Crest Trail

paciific_crest_mapBefore Cheryl Strayed hiked and wrote her memoir about the Pacific Crest Trail, and before National Geographic rated this one of The 20 Worlds most Epic Hikes, hundreds of hikers have annually traversed the 2,650 miles of trails, spanning from the US/Mexico border on one end, to the edge of Manning Park in British Columbia.

It’s not the easiest of hikes and it’s not uncommon for preparation to take just as long as the average thru-hike (5 months) if not longer. The endeavor is worth it, as hikers are rewarded with a journey through stunning vistas in unspoiled backcountry and some of the country’s most spectacular wilderness ranges. You’ll be accompanied by vivid terrains from some of the highest mountain passes in the west to the hottest desert in the US, cutting through 57 major mountain passes, 19 major canyons and past more than 1,000 lakes.

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