Pacific Crest Trail High Detail Maps
The Pacific Crest Trail or PCT (for fans of brevity) is an iconic symbol of the West. Stretching 2,650 miles from Canada to Mexico along the most inefficient route possible makes tackling the entire route something only the hardiest of individuals should even attempt. Even then, the logistics and time involved in such a task make it more of a life trek than a long hike. Around half of the hundreds of hikers that attempt the thru hike finish.
It is much more common for users to do segments of the Crest. Be it the same segments year after year, or in an attempt to accomplish a more long-term approach to PCT completion. A number of parties have completed it over the course of 5 to 30 years. It’s that kind thing…
Timing is everything on this route. Summer in the Mojave will kill you. Committing to long, unbroken segments in the Sierra in the winter is inviting disaster. While there are numerous towns and comfort points along the way, self-reliance, preparation and caution are, as Martha Stewart would say, good things. Even Martha couldn’t glue enough sparkly things on her bag to get her out of the back side of the John Muir section on the Crest in case of an emergency.
All kidding aside, the PCT is an extraordinary snapshot of the western wilds and all it has to offer. Along the way, it passes through 25 National Forests and 7 National Parks. It has been fully protected by the National Trails System Act of 1968 and remains one of the most pristine and rugged trails in the country. It is protected against mechanized travel (bikes and motorized vehicles) and affords a deep sense of quiet and isolation while providing unsurpassed views of the nation’s most cherished wilderness areas.
The Trail was not officially completed until 1993.
All maps except for the Northern California segments from Lake Tahoe to the Oregon border are on the site. They are not yet available.
The segments of the Trail on this site are organized from North to South.