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.
Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail – Welcome Pacific Crest Trail Hikers! Are you ready for 2017? We are 🙂 Callahan’s Lodge is delighted to be on your path whether you are a thru hiker or…
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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Manual on planning and preparing for hikes of the Pacific Crest Trail through California, Oregon, and Washington. Jardine’s initial presentation of his lightweight-hiking theories
Echo Chalet is a high-Sierra, summer-only, resort located approximately 10 miles from South Lake Tahoe and 49 miles east of Placerville off U.S. Highway 50.
ATTENTION THRU-HIKERS (PCT and TRT):
The Chalet can no longer receive re-supply packages. If addressed to us, packages will be held at our regional post office (Twin Bridges) located 9 miles west on Highway 50 next to the Strawberry Station Market, and across from Strawberry Lodge. Hours 9:30-4pm M-F. Closed 1pm-1:30 for lunch. Phone: 530-659-7670
It is STRONGLY SUGGESTED that you use priority mail in order to obtain tracking numbers, and permit forwarding if necessary. Keep that number with you if calling for delivery confirmation or forwarding instructions. Remember you will need to provide a photo I.D. to pick up (or forward) a priority package.