Pacific Crest Trail

Klamath National Forest, California

Elevation Gain23,388ft
Trailhead Elevation6,798ft
Elevation Min/Max5394/7428ft
Elevation Start/End6798/6798ft
Pacific Crest Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Trinity County and Siskiyou County, California. It is within Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Russian Wilderness, Klamath National Forest, and Trinity Alps Wilderness. It is 41.0 miles long and begins at 6,798 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 82.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 23,388 feet. Carter Meadows Summit (elevation 6,207 feet) and the Engle Mine (elevation 7,106 feet) quarry can be seen along the trail. There are also marshes along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Foot Trail and Paynes Lake Trail.

Pacific Crest Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"The Pacific Crest Trail runs for more than 2,500 miles from Mexico to the Canadian border. Only 18.9 of those miles cross the Trinity Alps Wilderness, but what a stretch it is! The PCT slices across the wilderness along the spine of the Scott Mountains, passing within a stone’s throw of more than a dozen lakes, serving up one stunning view after another, and traversing some of the least-crowded areas of the Alps. Only diehard PCT through-hikers make it to this remote section of the path, while most Trinity Alps hikers stick to the better-known routes in the inner Alps, which leaves an uncrowded, glorious trail for those willing to seek it out. Highlights: The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) hugs the spine of the Scott Mountains divide, serving up endless views and access to a string of lakes."

"This snippet of the mighty Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a few miles west of Castle Crags State Park. The portion to Burstarse Falls leads through a stunning section of the Trinity Mountains with sweeping views and a seasonal waterfall. Although it is a cardio challenge to reach the PCT portion, once there, the rolling mountainside hike doesn’t disappoint."

"While trekking along the wide Pacific Crest Trail, you can’t help but stop often to take in the 360 degrees of panoramic pleasure. From various points, you’ll glimpse 14,162-foot Mount Shasta, the granitic splendor of Castle Crags, the volcanic magnificence of Gray Rocks, the Trinity Divide, the Trinity Alps, and the best of the Klamath Mountains. Add to that a couple of dandy lakes where swimming and fishing are king, and you’ve got the makings of the quintessential weekend getaway."

"The 18 miles of Pacific Crest Trail within the Trinity Alps Wilderness is without question the best-built 18 miles of trail in the area. Paradoxically, this stretch of trail receives much less use than many of the area’s other trails, despite being very scenic, easy to hike, and close to a string of lakes. One reason for this lack of traffic is the location near the 2,600-mile trail’s midpoint and far from any population center. Consequently, only very serious PCT thru-hikers, starting from either Mexico or Canada, get this far. The lack of attention is certainly a boon for those who opt to hike this section."

Pacific Crest Trail Reviews

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This is by far the best section of the pct i have hiked. Dog friendly. Amazing waterfalls and several small falls along the way so plenty of water for dogs. Easy, shaded and beautiful! What a great little trail for humans and dogs alike!

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Trail Information

Klamath National Forest
Nearby City
Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Activity Feed

Jun 2018