Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, Long Distance Trail # 3

The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail is #3 in the series of posts I am making about the 11 National Scenic Trails that exist in the United States.

The Pacific Crest Trail (commonly abbreviated as the PCT, and occasionally designated as the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail) is a long-distancehiking and equestrian trail closely aligned with the highest portion of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges, which lie 100 to 150 miles (160 to 240 km) east of the U.S. Pacific coast. The trail’s southern terminus is on the U.S. border with Mexico, and its northern terminus on the U.S./Canada Border on the edge of Manning Park in British Columbia, Canada; its corridor through the U.S. is in the states of CaliforniaOregon, and Washington.

The Pacific Crest Trail is 2,663 mi (4,286 km) long[1] and ranges in elevation from just above sea level at the Oregon-Washington border to 13,153 feet (4,009 m)[5] at Forester Pass in the Sierra Nevada. The route passes through 25 national forests and 7 national parks.[7] Its midpoint is in Chester, California(near Mt. Lassen), where the Sierra and Cascade mountain ranges meet.[8]

It was designated a National Scenic Trail in 1968, although it was not officially completed until 1993.[9] The PCT was conceived by Clinton C. Clarke in 1932. It received official status under the National Trails System Act of 1968.

Thru hiking is a term used in referring to hikers who complete long distance trails from end-to-end in a single trip. The Pacific Crest Trail, Appalachian Trail, andContinental Divide Trail were the first three long-distance trails in the U.S. Successfully thru-hiking all of these three trails is known as the Triple Crown of Hiking.[10]Thru-hiking is a long commitment, usually taking between four and six months, that requires thorough preparation and dedication. Although the actual number is difficult to calculate, it is estimated that around 180 out of approximately 300 people who attempt a thru-hike complete the entire trail each year.[11] The Pacific Crest Trail Association estimates that it takes most hikers between 6 and 8 months to plan their trip.

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This is just one of many long distance hikes I want to do. I still have a few years left until I can actually venture out and complete one of these on my own, but I fully intend to complete this one if I am out living out in California sooner than later. Hope you enjoyed this post!


Amazing Long Distance Hike…Ice Age National Scenic Trail!!

For many of the residents of the U.S. knowing what the National Trails are that have been established by governments both state and at the federal level.  The 2nd of the National Scenic Trails that I will be creating a post about is the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.


The trail was established in 1980, and is approximately 1,000 miles long that stretches throughout the entirety of the state of Wisconsin.  You can see a picture of where the trail leads in the image above.

The trail is maintained by the National Park Service, and also by non-for-profit organizations in various segments of the trail.

A mere 15,000 years ago during the Ice Age, much of North America lay under a huge glacier. Mammoths, saber tooth cats and cave lions roamed the earth! Some of the best evidence of this glacier is found in Wisconsin such as the state’s many lakes, river valleys, gently rolling hills, and ridges. The nearly 1,200 mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail, established in 1980, traces the glacier’s edge. Hopefully some of you will at least get to hike a segment of this wonderful trail. I intend to thru-hike this at some point!

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I hope to inform all of you that there are some truly amazing hiking trails right here in the U.S.!


Great Hiking Trails Right Here in the U.S.A.

NCT_7StatesMost people know about the Appalachian Trail, and Yellowstone National Park, but there may be some other long-distance trails and parks that are not as well publicized but still provide wonderful outdoor experiences with tons of natural beauty.  The first that I will discuss is the little-known North Country Trail, which is one of the 11 National Scenic Trails that exist. I will be going through each of them one by one by a blog post dedicated to each.

The North Country Trail is around 4,600 miles long and is actually the longest of the National Scenic Trails.  It runs from northern New York, through northern Pennsylvania and Ohio, then up through Michigan, horizontally across the northern part of Wisconsin through north-central Minnesota, then all the way out to Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota.  Many of my hiking friends did not even know about this amazing trail.  The trail does have an online presence, and more information can be found at the following locations:

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I know most people would not attempt a thru-hike at something like this. However, this trail goes through quite a few states, and people can hike some of it at least. Overall, this is my number one hike I’d like to accomplish as a thru-hike, but I’ll settle for even just 50 miles of it, if that’s all I get to do.  Hopefully I have opened you to a trail you may not have known about!