My Ideal Vacation 📂🌷
Inspired by @jesszaffino the elected Queen of list prompts!
- •Hike the PCT ⛰🏕🏔⛺️🏞🏜🌄🌌🌅Most of the following information I found by simply googling "hike the pct."
- •The PCT (an acronym that many use to refer to the Pacific Crest Trail) passes through seven national parks and 25 national forests. The PCT was designated a National Scenic Trail in 1968, but was not officially finished until 1993.
- •Details:The Pacific Crest Trail is a National Scenic Trail that runs 2,663 miles from the United States-Mexico border through California, Oregon, and Washington, where it reaches its northern terminus at the United States-Canada border. The Pacific Crest Trail is known as a challenging hiking and backpacking route through some of the country’s most spectacular wilderness ranges. The trail generally follows the high route through the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges.
- •Things to consider while planning:Find friends/family along the way that you can mail supplies to, otherwise set up PO Boxes as close to the trail as possible. There's no way to carry 6months of supplies on a 2600+ mile hike. PACKING LIGHT would be my top priority.
- •Medication/health (reality check).I go to the hospital every two months to get an infusion that takes 4 hours, to help keep my Crohn's disease in check. I would need to find a Kaiser hospital, not too far off the trail, where I think I'll be two months and four months into the hike. Then I would need to manage my time very well to make sure I hit those marks and don't miss my treatment. I'd like to think I could tough it out, but nobody wants to feel like shit when you're hiking 15-20miles a day for 6 months.
- •The best laid plans...I have(or would need to get) good hiking shoes/clothes, super light solo tent, 0degree sleeping bag, flint rock, a good hunting knife and a small pot/pan. My plan would be to mail supplies every 2-300miles, which means I would still need to carry at least two weeks of food/water with me at a time. Carrying that much water is not practical, so I would need several places along the way to replenish my supply. I could boil the water while camping, if the place I got it from seemed sketchy.
- •Northbound vs. SouthboundSince I live in the southern most big city in Southern California, I assume I'll hike Northbound. However, that means that I have to be extra diligent about staying on pace, because the snow in Northern California, Oregon and Washington will not wait for me to finish my hike. If I start in Washington and head southbound, there is still a concern of snow in the beginning of my trip, but also dehydration as I hit the deserts of California in the summer months. Ideal start time is April,either way.
- •Southern CaliforniaTraversing 700 miles of deserts and mountain ranges, the Pacific Crest Trail is striking and easily accessible in Southern California.
- •Central CaliforniaThe Pacific Crest Trail through the famed Sierra Nevada is one of the premier trail experiences in the world.
- •Northern CaliforniaFrom the southernmost Cascades to the "Big Bend", the PCT in Northern California is marked by solitude.
- •OregonRelatively easy travel through deep old growth forests is punctuated by stunning volcanoes, ridges and lakes.
- •WashingtonFrom the Columbia Gorge through the rugged North Cascades, Washington's section is a highlight of the trail.
- •Now that I've made it to Washington safely, by the end of September, I might as well go for the triple crown! Time to start looking up maps for the Appalachian Trail.👍🏻Thru-hiking(hiking a long trail in its entirety in one season) is a popular pursuit on the Pacific Crest Trail. A PCT thru-hike is a long-term commitment that usually takes several months of plans as well as 4-6 months of hiking. Together, the Pacific Crest Trail, the Appalachian Trail, and the Continental Divide Trail, are known as the Triple Crown of long-distance hiking in the United States. Someone who successfully thru-hikes all three trails is known as a Triple Crowner.