Prepare yourself for a hike unlike any other — a long-stretching trail along the west end of the continent will take you on an epic journey from Canada to Mexico.
The Pacific Crest Trail, or PCT, spans a total of 4,265 kilometres, starting from a point on the U.S.-Canada border in British Columbia and ending at its southern terminus at the U.S.-Mexico border in California. It presents a challenging hiking and backpacking route through some of the most spectacular wilderness areas in North America, and is an dream endeavour for many die-hard hiking enthusiasts across the globe.
The PCT runs through Washington, Oregon and California, passing through a total seven national parks and 25 national forests. You’ll see deserts, volcanoes, mountain ranges and rainforests, as well as many interesting towns to explore along the way.
But it’s definitely no walk in the park — it usually takes several months of planning and a total of four to six months of total hiking time to complete the entire trail from start to finish. Even doing only certain sections of the trail can be sometimes difficult, as some areas present terrains that even experienced hikers may find challenging.
Would you take on this hike of a lifetime? Check out this helpful map created by Dolly Holmes of Backpacker Magazine to get you started: