The Pacific Crest Trail

The 2650-mile Pacific Crest Trail, adopted by Congress as a National Scenic Trail, passes through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the United States. Hiking along this ridge-crest route, you’ll see Mt. Jacinto, Mt. Whitney, Lassen Peak, Mt. Shasta, Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Mt. Rainier and Glacier Peak. You’ll traverse 24 national forests, 34 wilderness areas, 7 national parks, plus numerous other parks and recreational areas. Trail elevations range from near sea level at the Columbia River on the Oregon-Washington border, to 13,180 feet at Forester Pass in the High Sierra.

Each year hundreds of hikers attempt to complete the entire trail while thousands of others take it in smaller sections. The PCT’s familiar, well-worn path is a special place for hikers from all walks of life on walks of all lengths and for all reasons.


Southern California

from the Mexican Border to
the Tuolumne Meadows


Northern California

from Tuolumne Meadows
to the Oregon Border


Oregon & Washington

from the California Border
to Canada

Check out the books!

Wilderness Press publishes the most complete guides to the PCT. Pacific Crest Trail Southern California begins at the Mexican border and leads into the High Sierra where Pacific Crest Trail Northern California begins. Pacific Crest Trail Oregon & Washington takes you through these two northwestern states and drops you at Canada’s door. These books helps you locate the PCT and side-trips, find water sources, and access resupply routes. Information on camping, permits, and the best seasons to go is provided.

The Wilderness Press series of day- and section-hiking guides each feature about 30 routes on or along the PCT—perfect for planning shorter jaunts on the trail.

Whether you are planning dayhikes, week-long backpacks, or a more ambitious thru-hiking adventure, these books will be your trusted companions.

Plan for, trouble-shoot, and enjoy your PCT adventure with our authoritative guides to some of the most breathtaking scenery in the U.S.

Be Sure to Check Out the PCTA

The official Pacific Crest Trail Association is a great resource for planning and connecting with other hikers.