Would you hike the Pacific Crest Trail?
Discover one of the toughest outdoor walking challenges in the world
The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a ankle-straining, blister-inducing long-distance hiking trail that spans 4,270 km (2,653 mi) from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon, and Washington. One of the toughest walking and backpacking challenges in the world, the PCT summits, snakes, dips, and weaves through seven national parks and 25 national forests, meandering over and around a beautiful and dramatic landscape of mountains and meadows, rivers and lakes, and valley and vales.
Designated a National Scenic Trail in 1968, although not officially inaugurated until 1993, the PCT provided the scenic backdrop for 'Wild,' a biographical adventure drama released in 2014 and starring Reese Witherspoon. Like in the movie, completing the trail requires strength, stamina, and a passion for the great outdoors. Are these qualities that you possess?
Click through the following gallery, lace up your boots, and discover some the PTC's most notable locations.