(Legend: Red – hiked; Gray – not hiked)
In 2016 we attempted to hike the entire 2,650-mile length of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in one season. Over 4 1/2 months we completed 1,828 miles of the trail in California and Oregon. Although we did not reach our goal of finishing the entire trail, we still had a great experience hiking in the California desert, the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Cascade Range.
Watch a short overview of our hike:
Read more about our journey below:
- Our Next Journey – The Pacific Crest Trail! On April 17, 2016 we will begin hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). It runs 2,650 miles from the Mexican Border in California to the Canadian Border in Washington.
- Preparing for the Pacific Crest Trail Sandy details some of our preparation for the Pacific Crest Trail trek.
- Update from PCT Mile 342 We are at Cajon Junction, mile 342 on the Pacific Crest Trail, and at the end of four weeks of trekking. Already in that time we have hiked through a variety of weather, including rain, gusty winds, a snowstorm, and temperatures in the 90s.
- Update from PCT Mile 566 Since our last post we have arrived in Tehachapi, CA, located about 35 miles southeast of Bakersfield.
- Update From PCT Mile 1090 The past segment of the PCT from Tehachapi, CA has had a little of everything: heat, scarce water, fire worries, treacherous trail, snow, and finally, torrential rivers and streams. It also marked the end of our desert hiking and the beginning of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
- Update from PCT Mile 1284 It had been a traumatic experience for us to leave the PCT in the High Sierras, due to the raging river crossings. As we rejoined the trail in South Lake Tahoe, we weren’t sure whether we would encounter other issues that would force us to make a similar decision. We knew that we would still ...
- Update from PCT Mile 1689 The Cascade Range of mountains extend about 700 miles from British Columbia, Canada to Northern California. The Cascades differ from the Sierra Nevada Mountains in their series of volcanic peaks dotting Northern California, Oregon and Washington. In fact, all of the volcanic eruptions over the past 200 years in the contiguous United States have taken ...
- Update from PCT Mile 2144 The Pacific Crest Trail spans three states as it travels from Mexico to Canada: California, Oregon and Washington. The Oregon portion of the trail is the shortest of the three states, covering a distance of 455 miles. As we trekked closer to the California/Oregon border we heard all kinds of stories from other hikers. “Oregon ...
- Dueling Plans: Preparing for our National Parks and PCT Adventures If you have been following us for any length of time, you know that we are planners. We like to know where we are going, and what we will be doing for each day of a journey. Our upcoming United States National Parks (TTP NPS) adventure is no different. But what made things more challenging ...
- Five Mistakes We Made While Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Darren writes about five mistakes we made last year while hiking 1,825 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in California and Oregon.