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Pacific Crest Trail History and Hiking It

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Pacific Crest Trail – History and Hiking It

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Summary:
The Pacific Crest Trail runs over the mountain ranges dividing the west
coast and the rest of the nation. There is a lot of history tied to the
trail and it offers great hiking.


Keywords:
hiking, pacific crest trail, california, oregon, washington, yosemite,
kings canyon,


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The Pacific Crest Trail runs over the mountain ranges dividing the west
coast and the rest of the nation. There is a lot of history tied to the
trail and it offers great hiking.

Pacific Crest Trail – History

Running from the border with Mexico to the Canadian border, the Pacific
Crest Trail was used by settlers in the 1800s looking for the good life
in California, Oregon and Washington. This 2,500 mile trek offers a
variety of environments including burning hot deserts and mountains peeks
stacked up one after the other. Since most settlers came from the north,
the trail area they encountered was definitely of the mountainous
variety. While hikers of today will find it a beautiful and challenging
trail, one can be sure many of the settlers had other opinions.

Ironically, the Pacific Crest Trail is really a relatively modern name.
Prior to 1993, it was known as a general collection of trails running the
route with parts of such trails as the John Muir Trail included as
sections. If you could travel back in time, a settler would be baffled if
you started talking about the trail.

Pacific Crest Trail – From Here to There

Running from border to border, few hikers have every tried to hike the
entire trail at one time since we often have to do this odd thing called
“work.” Nonetheless, a trip from Mexico to Canada would take you along
the following path.

Having paid your bills a few months in advance, you would head to the
U.S.-Mexico border just to the west of the town of Campo. There you will
find five wood planks set up in an unremarkable patch of scruff
indicating the beginning of the trail. Staring to the north and
remembering those boots are meant for walking, you’re ready to go.

Winding north, you’ll pass through the mountains over Palm Springs,
stagger through the Mojave Desert, walk the peaks of Kings Canyon, brush
up to the west side of Lake Tahoe and finally head into Oregon by walking
along the I-5 freeway. Along the way, you’ll stroll by Mt. Whitney and
through Yosemite National Park. Not bad, eh?

Once in Oregon, you’ll cut to the east through Ashford and then head due
north. Next up will be Crater Lake and the Three Sisters mountains
followed by the old lava field area. You’ll leave Oregon by crossing the
Hood River near White Salmon, Washington.

Heading into the final stretch, you’ll shoot straight up through
Washington to the east of Olympia and Seattle until you hit the Canadian
border just below Manning Park. It is long, long trek and I’m tired of
typing it much less walking.

The beauty of the Pacific Crest Trail is you can spend weekends hiking
small, scenic sections of it. In California, the trail sections through
Kings Canyon are simply stunning and will leave you in awe of Mother
Nature.

								
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