The 2700-mile Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail runs from Mexico to Canada through the mountains of California, Oregon and Washington. Purpose built for the exclusive use of backpackers and horse-riders it visits some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, usually under clear and sunny skies. The arid mountains and deserts of Southern California are followed by the magnificent glaciated mountains of the High Sierra, then Yosemite National Park and the Cascade Mountains of Northern California, Oregon and Washington.
This guidebook provides all the information needed to tackle any part of this epic trail. It includes step-by-step description and over 160 colour route maps, vital information about water, supplies and other services, and detailed advice on planning for either a short hike or a through-hike.
INTRODUCTION; A geologist's delight; Weather patterns; Plant and wildlife; What the walking's like; Planning; Preparation; Wilderness hiking; Equipment; Using this guide; THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL; SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA; 1 Campo to Van Dusen Canyon (Big Bear City); 2 Big Bear City to Agua Dulce; 3 Agua Dulce to Kennedy Meadows; THE HIGH SIERRA; 4 Kennedy Meadows to Tuolumne Meadows; 5 Tuolumne Meadows to Interstate 80 (Donner Pass); NORTHERN CALIFORNIA; 6 Donner Pass to Interstate 5 (Castella); 7 Castella to Interstate 5 (Ashland); OREGON; 8 Ashland to McKenzie Pass; 9 McKenzie Pass to Cascade Locks; WASHINGTON; 10 Cascade Locks to Snoqualmie Pass; 11 Snoqualmie Pass to Manning Park; APPENDIX A Local information for European hikers; APPENDIX B Useful addresses; APPENDIX C Other publications; APPENDIX D Schedules for 110 to 180-day thru'-hikes; APPENDIX E Summaries of three schedules; APPENDIX F Ancient Brit's 2002 (160-day) schedule; APPENDIX G Schedule for a 180-day thru'-hike; APPENDIX H Schedule for a super-slow start
Brian Johnson is an inveterate walker, having completed the PCT three times, backpacked round the coast of Britain, hiked from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean across the Pyrenees and also completed all the Scottish Munros in a single summer. A retired physics and sports teacher, he is also a keen cyclist and canoeist and has led groups climbing and hiking in Britain, the Alps, the Pyrenees and California.