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Pacific Crest Trail History

This is a fully clickable map of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mexico Border to the Canadain Border. The trail is color-coded for ownership so you can see where private and other ownership starts and ends.

The Pacific Crest Trail (which is abbreviated as the PCT, and officially named as the “Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail”) is a one of the major long distance hiking trails in the country. The others are the Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail. The three together are know to hikers as the “Triple Crown”.
The PCT closely follows most of the highest portions of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges, which lie inland 100 to 180 miles east of the U.S. Pacific coastline. The trail's southern most terminus is on the Mexico/U.S. border, just south of Campo, CA and the Juvenile Ranch Facility. The northern terminus is on the Canada–US border in heavily forested British Columbia.

The Pacific Crest Trail is 2,659 miles long and ranges in elevation from just above sea level at the Columbia River to 13,153 feet at Forester Pass on the boundary between Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park. The route passes through many sections of private land, BLM Land, 25 national forests, and 7 national parks. The PCT also goes thru many bioregions including the - Colorado Desert, South Coast Range, Mojave Desert, Sierra Nevada Range, Modoc Volcanic Highlands, Klamath/Cascade Coast Range, West Cascades, and Northern Cascades. Its mid-section is near Chester, California (by Mount Lassen), where the Sierra and Cascade mountain ranges meet.

It was officially designated a National Scenic Trail in 1968 by the National Trails System Act, although it was not completed until 1993. The PCT was conceived by Boy Scout advocate Clinton Churchill Clarke in 1932.

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