The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail was first conceived in the 1920’s and today spans 2,650 spectacular miles between Canada and Mexico along the crest of the Western mountains. As it crosses California, Oregon, and Washington, the PCT passes through 25 national forests, 48 wilderness areas, 7 national parks, and includes the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Ranges.

The PCT encompasses an enormous variety of ecosystems—from arid desert to alpine tundra to old-growth forest and volcanic lava fields. Each year, thousands of people set out to hike the entire trail or ride it on horseback, and many of the more than 25 million people who live within an hour of the trail enjoy it for day hikes and shorter backpacking trips.

The Pacific Crest Trail Association is the only organization dedicated to protecting, preserving, and promoting the PCT. In 2017, over 2,000 PCTA volunteers contributed almost 100,000 hours to maintain over 1,700 miles of the trail. The PCTA works in partnership with federal agencies including the US Forest Service, the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and California State Parks.

The PCTA is also leading the effort to protect the remaining miles of the PCT that lie along private property. In 2017, the association permanently protected over 1500 acres of land along the trail, ensuring future access and preventing development.

The Pacific Crest Trail is renowned across the US and internationally as America’s greatest wilderness experience—as well as an unparalleled path for fitness, education, and recreation.

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