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The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) spans 2,650 miles, traversing from Mexico to Canada via California, Oregon and Washington. It's open to pedestrians and equestrians. Most thru-hikers go South to North, starting in Campo, California and finishing at Manning Park, British Columbia. The trail encompasses 25 national forests and 7 national parks, crosses over 57 mountain passes, dips into 19 major canyons, and passes by nearly 1000 lakes. In terms of terrain the route passes through desert, forests, and mountains including the Sierra Nevadas and Cascades. Permits are required for some but not all of the PCT. You can read more about how to obtain permits here: https://www.pcta.org/discover-the-trail/permits/

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Great hike! Just did an out and back, not the whole thing. No shade, but super windy so it didn’t get hot at all. A little uphill at the beginning but then it flattened out. Pretty purple flowers now and cool lizards.

no shade
off trail
private property
14 days ago

I just did a Day hike on the Oak Canyon end of this PCT leg and had the trail to myself. Great views of nature and the California Poppies were in a full late bloom under the wind mills there. Much of the trail skirts private property. I ran into some ranchers that let me know I was off the main trail and how to get back to the PCT but they were fairly friendly about it. Not much shade here. There are lots of trees near the trail end in the creek area but up on the hillside, I had to take a shade break next to a bush to cool off. Its gets cooler the higher your go up and its breezier near the ridge which is why the windmills are there. Great hike.

Difficult. Water availability a constant stress. Beautiful and wide variety of landscapes.

8.8mi, 1752ft. I started on Canyon View Loop with the intention of making it to Rainbow Cayon and Red Dome in Whiteater Preserve. The visitor center and amenities in it are closed due the pandemic but the website said foot travel in was permissible via this trail and the PCT north. This doesn't seem to appear to be the case. At the junction signage suggests returning to your car or taking the PCT south, asking people only access the preserve in emergency conditions. It didn't seem like a legal notice not to enter but went sb anyway. Rolling, grassy hills with wildflowers and succulents in full bloom. Some switchbacking going up the steeper hills, but they tend to be on the shielded sides around here, helped on a windy day like today. Lots of small wildlife. Wear masks when passing, be safe!

lost the trail at mile 114.4

Hiked 3 miles in as a day hike and then turned around. The first 1.2 miles is parallel to the interstate, so it is noisy. From 2 to 3 miles in the views get better, and there is a very nice backcountry campsite at about 2.8 miles in.

105 miles trail lol

There is nothing bad about this trail. It just had little to offer. I did 7 miles out from the 15 freeway. The freeway noise can be heard a long ways out. It can be seen even longer. After the 1st 5 miles it started climbing and the views got better. Next time I’ll start where the trail meets 138 and go west from there.

Hiked to the top of the frontal range. First couple miles is along the highway, but then it turns and leads up the mountain through a series of switchbacks. Didn’t have much time to explore, but was a great escape.

I love this trail. Many thru hikers in the Spring. I’ve hiked it in the summer and spring, and winter; and each season offers its unique challenges. In the summer, bring lots of water as almost every spot is dry. In te spring and fall, bring a camera as the beautiful colors are amazing (and water, but you might find some running water at high elevations) and winter, layer up! Temperatures can drop to the twenties! I see more hikers in the Spring and Fall than any other season.

We started at the PCT junction with the Tehachapi Willow Springs Road and went south for 5.5 miles. Uphill for about 1.5 miles straight, then levels off. About 2 miles in, one fully is washed out 8 feet across and 6 feet deep. It is the PCT, so a path down and out of the gully is there, so it's crossable. Didn't see anyone else while we were out.

Moderate difficultly from the 15 to Swarthouse Canyon rd unless you dislike ridgelines/dropoffs. The PTC is always pretty easy to follow, there are trail markers at every junction you come to. I love losing myself on this trail and I plan to piece together section D over time. I went west from the 15, under the freeway, under a road (old 66 maybe), then under the railroad tracks. You pass right by Mormon Rocks, one of my favorite geologic sites in SoCal.

bridge out
over grown
6 months ago

Monday 11/18/19 ( 9.63 miles with 1968ft elevation gain.) attempted PCT North via Rock Creek Pass TH to Mowich Butte (all downhill on the way in with some narrow trail areas. First creek, Rock Creek has a bridge, but all the rest I a came across did not have bridges. Some blowdowns as well as overgrown in places with lots of leaf debris on trail. After FR 2070 the PCT north from what I saw minus one blowdown is in great condition.) but I think it would have been 16+ miles RT so I went close to 5 miles in on the PCT North from Rock Creek Pass and hiked back via Forrest roads 2070, 2000 and 2090. Also took Snag Creek trail (Snag Creek/PCT trail junction) to Forrest road 2070 (trail is very faint in spots with lots of debris but you can still see tread in the distance). On the pct north in this area there was a large creek crossing with slippery rocks so I opted for snag creek trail instead after getting my boot wet. After the 2070 road crossing the pct north is in good condition with one blowdown and I turned around at a creek crossing. Decided to come back another day and park closer to Snag Creek/PCT north to do Mowich Butte. Rock Creek Pass TH to Pct North to Snag Creek trail junction to FR 2070 to PCT North .5 miles, back to FR 2070 to FR 2000 to FR 2090. Saw one car as I was within feet of my vehicle. Saw no one else from 4am to 11am. No pass needed to park here and no bathrooms here.

Loved this section of the PCT. nice and easy. 25-30 mile days are easy to do. Easy water access for most of it. Incredible

dogs off leash

Bring a couple quarts of water from Cold Spring because it’s a long way in between sources. November sundown comes early and a cool breeze blows. Beautiful view at this camp site. Should sleep well tonight. Not used to the altitude. Lassen peak is visible from here.

I parked off the 15 Freeway near McDonalds and enjoyed a taste of PCT! I have no plans of serious long distance hikes along this famous trail, but it was nice to spend the whole morning taking in a piece of it. Great views of the Cajon Pass and the freight trains weaving their way through this historic area.

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