The Trek

Where are they now? 

 
 
 
 

The Pacific Crest Trail: 

(From Wikipedia)

The Pacific Crest Trail (commonly abbreviated as the PCT, and officially designated as the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail) is a long-distance hiking and equestrian trail closely aligned with the highest portion of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges, which lie 100 to 150 miles (160 to 240 km) east of the U.S. Pacific coast. The trail's southern terminus is on the U.S. border with Mexico, just south of Campo, California, and its northern terminus on the Canada–US border on the edge of Manning Park in British Columbia; its corridor through the U.S. is in the states of California, Oregon, and Washington.

The Pacific Crest Trail is 2,659 mi (4,279 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.  Its midpoint is near Chester, California (near Mt. Lassen), where the Sierra and Cascade mountain ranges meet.

It was designated a National Scenic Trail in 1968, although it was not officially completed until 1993. The PCT was conceived by Clinton Churchill Clarke in 1932.  It received official status under the National Trails System Act of 1968.

Some PCT BASICS: 

(from the Pacific Trail Association)

  • The trail is managed by the U.S. Forest Service, in partnership with the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, California State Parks and the Pacific Crest Trail Association.

  • It was officially completed (but not entirely finished) in 1993.

  • For approximately 300 miles, the trail passes through privately owned lands. Although travel on the trail is not restricted, users should respect the rights of the landowners. Through this private land, the trail is on narrow easements that range from 10 to 50 feet in width.

  • Sometimes sections of the trail close due to fires, damaged bridges or for other reasons.

  • The trail crosses over 57 major mountain passes.

  • It dips into 19 major canyons and ambles past more than 1,000 lakes and tarns.

  • The PCT passes through five national monuments, five state park units, six national parks, seven BLM field offices, 25 national forest units and 48 federal wilderness areas. Imagine the work involved to coordinate it!

  • The PCT has more tread in Wilderness than any other trail. A remarkable 54% of the PCT on federal land in is Federal Wilderness.

Which way do we go?

There are a number of considerations that lead us toward a SOBO (Southbound) hike, principally, Aiden's school schedule. NOBO (Northbound) is far and away the more popular direction, but a southbound route will allow for a July start. It is not without it complications. 

There's a great explanation of NOBO vs. SOBO on the PCT Southbound page if you are interested.

When do we go? 

That is in God's hands, and NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association) is keeping an eye on him. And you can keep an eye on him through their snow station information at Hart's Pass.  We will not risk starting the trip till the snow melts to zero at Hart's Pass.  This of course doesn't mean that there is no snow on the trail.  200+ of our first miles will be spent in and out of the snow.