In the world of thru-hiking, the Pacific Crest Trail is one of the many long-distance hikes you can undertake. It is a trail that was established in 1932 by Clinton C. Clarke. It stretches from the United States’ border with Mexico in the south to its border with Canada in the north. The total distance between the two is 2,650 miles (4,265 kilometres).
If you are unfamiliar with what may appear to be a new form of lunacy, let me give you a bit of context. Thru-hiking is a sport where your hikes don’t end after five days or so. These hikes can be as long as 2000 miles or more. Covering that distance takes time, effort and a particular sort of grit. With the Pacific Crest Trail, completing the 2650 miles will take you around five months.
This video follows the experience of two friends as they attempt to walk all 2,650 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada before winter hits. Along the way, we see them drop into towns to pick up supplies and go back to the trail. On the route, they are battered by winds and threatened by the wildlife (rattlesnakes among them). In the end, after many months out on the trail, the two friends will make it to the end. The entire journey is worth watching!
The route of the PCT winds through the Sierra Nevada and the Cascade Mountains. The highest point on the trail is about 4,000 m. The path is not used only by long-distance hikers. It is also used by those who want to get away for a weekend or so. Now, to most of you, this entire idea of walking on and on and on seems ludicrous. But the fact is that if you can get away for some time and do something this amazing, its time well spent!
You can visit the website of the Pacific Crest Trail Association to learn more about the trail. On their website, you’ll be able to read about the trail and learn about some essentials regarding it. You will also be ale to donate to the association or even volunteer with them.