Pacific Crest Trail USA

I am planning to hike the PCT in the summer of 2015. The trail is over 2600 miles from the Mexican border to the Canadian border. I would be interested to hear from anyone else considering this trek. It typically takes around five months to complete. I intend to aim for an average of 20 miles a day- this will be tough given the terrain and the heavy pack containing all your equipment plus up to 4 litres of water and enough food to last around five days, typically.

As it is such a long trip, you will need to be an independent trekker, happy to walk at least some of the time apart. This is partly because of the PCT motto ‘walk your own trail’, which means that it’s better to set your own pace due to the relentless task you’ve undertaken and partly because one of the reasons I wish to undertake this trip is to enjoy the wilderness one to one and such a long trip could test even the strongest of friendships. For this reason you must have all your own equipment so that neither of us need face any hardship should we decide to part company for a while.



3 replies
  1. Dear Karen
    I have all my own equipment. I want to take the PCT hike for about 2 years now. I like to come with you as far as I can or meet you some where on the way. I live in Las Vegas, and lived in California all my life. I also know all 48 states because i was a truck driver for 34 year. let me know maybe we could plan.


  2. Karen,
    Also planning a segmented trip on the PCT. I’ve grown up around the Golden Trout Wilderness and backpacked much of that specific area around the Forks of the Kern and Rincon. Hoping to pick up the PCT around Cottonwood Pass juncture and cutting off at Mcgee around Mammoth.

  3. Karen (and others interested),
    I am planning my departure date on May 1st as well. I already own my gear and I am working on resupply boxes now until my the departure. If you are interested, feel free to contact me (or add me on Facebook).

    My plan is slightly different, and I am planning on completing the trail in about four months – I am a quick hiker (distance runner here). I have done large segments already in the Southern Cal area.

    If you are interested in starting out and then leaving after pace changes, that is also a decent plan as well. Let me know what you think.

    If anyone else has suggestions, let me know as well – I would prefer not to solo trek anything in the high Sierras. I have done a segment up there before, and it is physically and mentally demanding trekking it solo.