Stretching 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada, the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) meanders through harsh desert terrain, roller coasters up and down 13,000-foot Sierra peaks, and winds its way through the vast, pristine wildernesses of Oregon and Washington. In total, it crosses 25 national forests and 7 national parks, all of which greatly vary in temperature, terrain, and climate.
For those seeking to “through-hike” the trail — that is, hike it from end-to-end in a single trip — the journey will take 135 to 150 days to complete. Along the way, a hiker will wear through 4 or 5 pairs of shoes, consume some 600,000 calories (mostly in the form of energy bars and freeze-dried foods), and take 6 million steps. It’s not an undertaking for the weak-willed: less than 50% who set out to reach Canada make it there — and those who do must maintain a 20-25 mile per day pace to beat the early snowfall in Northern Washington.
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Going North, approximately five miles after crossing the Mt. Ashland Ski Road, the PCT will cross 3 dirt roads spaced fairly close together. Above the 3rd road, there is a small rectangular, wooden, directional Callahan’s sign posted high on a tree. Follow that road straight down the mountain approximately 400′. Cross a dirt road straight down to the railroad yard and across the RR tracks in a northeasterly direction. You will see another steep short dirt road leading to the intersection of Interstate 5 and Exit 6. Cross under the freeway. Callahan’s occupies the northeast quadrant of that intersection. Map & directions
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Following the successful The Appalachian Trail, and New York Times bestseller America’s Great Hiking Trails, this is the official book on one of America’s most iconic hiking trails, and is published in conjunction with the Pacific Crest Trail Association. With a foreword by Cheryl Strayed, maps, rarely seen archival photos and historical ephemera, and stunning contemporary photography, this photo- and information-packed book is an inspirational bucket list for everyone who wants to get out on the trail–from day hiker to thru-hiker.
This official book celebrates the history, beauty, and importance of the West Coast’s most iconic hiking trail. Designated as one of the first two national scenic trails in 1968, the Pacific Crest Trail is a continuous footpath of more than 2,650 miles—from the Mexican border to the Canadian border through California, Oregon, and Washington. Hikers from all over the world are drawn to this trail to experience true American wilderness and to challenge themselves—whether for two miles or two thousand. The only illustrated book officially published with the Pacific Crest Trail Association, The Pacific Crest Trail explores this legendary footpath with more than 250 spectacular contemporary images, unpublished historical photos and documents from the PCTA archives, and even the official trail map folded into an inside pocket. This book is perfect for anyone interested in conservation, outdoor recreation, and for all those who dream of one day becoming thru-hikers themselves.
Dr: Sir, Sir, SIR!
PCT Hiker: Huh?
Dr: Whats Your Name?
PCT Hiker: Huh?
Dr: Whats your name Sir!?
PCT Hiker: ahhhhhhhhhhhhmmmmmmmmm
Dr: Ok then, What day is it?
PCT Hiker: huh?
Dr: What day is it?
PCT Hiker: mmmmmmmmmmmmm
Dr: What Year is it?
PCT Hiker: ahhhhhhhh 4th of July? What happened? Whats going on?
Dr: Sir you were struck by lightning twice on your Pacific Crest Trail hike!
PCT Hiker: Whah???
Dr: What were you doing out there? Why didnt you run for cover?
PCT Hiker: Oh I remember now, I was too busy plugging Trail Angels into my list!
Ziggy & The Bear
I’m sorry to relay that Ziggy & The Bear have moved and posted a new mailing address for postcards.
They also posted this to their site:
Please do not visit the house or trouble the neighbors.
There should be faucet water where the trail hits Snow Canyon Rd (mile 205.7) if the Water District hasn’t grown tired of hiker litter and vandalization.
There should also be water from the traditionally hiker-friendly folks at Mesa Wind Farm just off the trail (mile 213.4).
Not much to see here in San Gorgonio Pass except sand and windmills. Transportation along I-10 is not only tricky but often unsafe. We recommend hiking straight through from Idyllwild to Big Bear City (74 miles)… that said, HYOH!