Time stops.There are no calendars.Days start as the sun comes up and the days end as the sun sets. Travel is only accomplished by your own two feet. There are no cars,the cell phones you rely on don't work up here. You must carry food, but quickly discover and find the food that you catch or hunt to be the most edible. Trail safety is up to you. There are animals that can and will kill you like Rattlesnakes,Mountain Lions and Bears. This is NOT a packaged and tidy canned hike through the park. Elevations are as high as 13,000 feet and as low as the Desert Wilderness. Temperatures can be 120 Degrees F or -30 Degrees depending on where you are on the trail. At upper elevations you will encounter Snowpack all through the year. This is a brutally tough hike, worth every footstep.
It was on this Pacific Crest Trail, that I as a young man, found myself. It was here that I found the meaning to my life. I only hiked segments of the trail in California,coming no where close to the entire trail terminus. The first person to hike the trail from bottom to top did so in 1972.
The Pacific Crest Trail (commonly referred to as the PCT, and occasionally designated as the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail) is a long-distance mountain hiking and equestrian trail on the Western Seaboard of the United States. The southern terminus is at the California border with Mexico. The trail continues through the states of California, Oregon, and Washington before reaching its northern terminus in British Columbia, Canada.
The trail follows the highest portion of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Range, which parallel the Pacific Ocean by 100 to 150 miles (160 to 240 km). The Pacific Crest Trail is 2,650 miles (4,260 km) long and ranges in elevation from just above sea level at the Oregon-Washington border to 13,153 feet (4,009 m) at Forester Pass in the Sierra Nevada. The route passes through 25 national forests and 7 national parks.
It was designated a National Scenic Trail in 1968, although it was not officially completed until 1993. The PCT was conceived by Clinton C. Clarke in 1932; however it was not given official status until the National Trails System Act of 1968.
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