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Pacific Crest Trail: A Beginner’s Guide to the Hike of a Lifetime

Dreaming of a long, long walk up the spine of the West Coast with a few good friends? Here's what you need to know.

The Pacific Crest Trail, also known as the PCT, is the second-longest of America’s Triple Crown long trails, stretching from Mexico to Canada through the states of California, Oregon, and Washington. Adventurous hikers looking for a challenge will take the high route through the Sierra Nevada and Cascade ranges and witness some of America’s most scenic and varied terrain—from scorching desserts to snowy mountains—along the way. Whether you decide to thru-hike the PCT or enjoy its beauty in sections, here is everything you need to know to prepare for this life-list wilderness adventure.

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March 26, 2024

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