What is the Pacific Crest Trail?
If you don't go out seeking, if you don't retreat, if you don't put yourself into the wilderness with nothing to carry you, you will never see what you need to shed or what you need to gain. You will never change. And if you never change, neither will anything else. - Paul Kingsnorth
The Pacific Crest Trail, a.k.a. PCT, is a continuous backpacking trail going from the Mexico/California border to British Columbia, Canada. The distance of the trail is 2,665 miles and travels through California, Oregon, and Washington.
Thru-hiking refers to hiking a long-distance trail end-to-end in a single session. There are three major trails in the United States people thru-hike: the Appalachian Trail, the Continental Divide Trail, and the Pacific Crest Trail. Those few people that thru-hike all three trails are known as "Triple-crowners".
Tim and I are going to thru-hike the entire 2,265 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. We will start this journey in April 2014 in Campo, CA and will make it to Manning Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada before 1 October 2014. We can't start the hike before April because we would hit snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. If we start too late, we take the chance of still being on the trail into October and hit snow in the Cascade Range in Washington and not be able to finish.
Around 600 people attempt this each year, with about 60% completing it. As of January 2013, only 2,613 people have completed this hike. Tim and I hope to add our names to this distinguished list!
For more information on the Pacific Crest Trail you can visit the Pacific Crest Trail Association website buy clicking on the button below.