I live just an hour away from the southern terminus of what is possibly the most beautiful long trail in the world: the Pacific Crest Trail. Spanning 2,650 miles, this ribbon of skyway snakes along the Peninsular Ranges, the Transverse Ranges, the Sierra Nevada, and the Cascades all the way from Mexico to Canada.
As a child, I saw signs for the PCT in southern Oregon when I went camping with my grandparents there. I remember wondering where the trail went, but time passed and I forgot about it.
Then in early 2015 I saw the movie Wild, which reminded me of my earlier fascination with the trail. I had never thought about walking the whole thing before. I got hooked on the idea.
But it takes a lot of planning to do the whole thing in one year, and I had some family and professional responsibilities that couldn’t wait. So I put off my thru-hike until my kids were in college and I could take a sabbatical.
Between 2015 and 2020 I did Section Hikes on different parts of the PCT whenever I got the chance. And it was amazing.
I always say “the PCT never lets you down!”
And now in 2021 I finally get to attempt a thru-hike, walking a continuous footpath along the PCT from border to border.
I can’t wait!!!
Real Time Map Showing My Progress