Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hike Planning Resources

Pacific Crest Trail


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The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a hiking trail that runs 2,650 miles (4,265 kilometers) from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon, and Washington. The PCT covers the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Mountain Ranges and includes deserts, glacial valleys, forests and more.

Pacific Crest Trail StatsPacific Crest Trail

  • Length: 2650 Miles
  • Traverses: 24 National Forests, 37 Wilderness Areas and 7 National Parks
  • Southern Terminus: Campo, CA (32.589733, -116.466965)
  • Northern Terminus: Manning Park, British Columbia, Canada (32.590603, -116.468033)
  • Number of Hikers Per Year: 500 – 1000
  • Length of Time to Complete: 4 to 6 months
  • Managed ByThe U.S. Forest Service, in partnership with the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, California State Parks and the Pacific Crest Trail Association.
  • When the Shit Hits the Fan – The trail will provide.

Pacific Crest Trail Usage Stats

Pacific Crest Trail VIsitor Usage Stats

General Overview Resources

PCT Resupply and Planning Resources

Resupply strategies include having someone mail pre-prepared supply boxes to yourself, purchasing supplies on the trail or a hybrid combination of the two.

  • PlanYourHike.com – A well rounded resource with planning, map, resupply and related helpful information.
  • Craig’s PCT Planner – A unique trip and resupply planning tool.
  • PlanYourHike.com – Cohesive collection of 101 resupply points along the Pacific Crest Trail. Be sure to contact any resupply destinations before sending to confirm they are currently receiving packages.
  • Postholer Planning Page – Provides a wealth of helpful data related to weather, routes and planning.
  • Backpack45.com – Planning and resupply information.

PCT Maps and Mapping Resources

PCT Permit Information

  • Long Distance Permit > 500 Miles : If you are hiking more than 500 miles of the trail PCT in a single continguous trip, you will need a long distance permit, there is no additional fee for peaking Mt. Whitney.
  • Short Distance Permit < 500 Miles: National Forest Wilderness Areas, National Parks and California State Parks may require an overnight camping permit. Some of these permits can be found at Recreation.gov.
  • California Fire Permit – Required for open fires, such as campfire, barbecues and portable stoves on federally controlled lands and private lands that are the property of another person.
  • Canada Entry Permit – In addition to an accepted entry permit, if you are a U.S. citizen, a passport is not required, but you will need evidence of your citizenship in the form of a birth certificate, passport card, enhanced driver’s license, or NEXUS card. Questions can be directed to the Canada Border Services Agency at pacificcresttrail@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca or via phone at at 1-866-496-3987, then press “0” and ask for the Pacific Crest Trail Coordinator.

PCT Cell Phone Reception Resources

PCT Fire Closure Resources

Pacific Crest Trail Books

Pacific Crest Trail Books  Amazon has a large number of PCT related books worth checking out.

Free PCT Videos & Movies

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