The Pacific Crest Trail is part of the Triple Crown of Hiking. They say that your reward for hiking the AT is getting to hike the PCT. After spending 2015 and 2016 on the Appalachian Trail, it’s now time to head out west.
The Pacific Crest Trail is a long-distance hiking and equestrian trail that runs along the highest portion of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges, running from the Mexican border in southern California thru Oregon and to the Canadian border in northern Washington.
I’ll be stepping off on the PCT in April 2017 and couldn’t be more excited! I’ve always wanted to visit California- now I get to walk through the state. Record snowfall this year, currently above 750 inches, or 62.5 feet, is certain to make for an interesting trek through the Sierra and Cascades.
While I haven’t done an extended trek in serious snow conditions, I’m confident that my research and outfitting will be adequate for the conditions, even if that means donning full boots, snow shoes and a Gore Tex suit for the section. I’m also smart enough and have done enough hiking to know that skipping the Sierra to hike on and returning to finish in September when snow has melted and rivers recede may be the best option. I don’t have this romantic, foolish notion that a contiguous walk is necessary at the risk of putting myself in serious danger.
I’ll update the site with my experiences as much as seems feasible and convenient throughout the adventure without hindering the experience itself.