The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is one of the most famous long-distance scenic trails in the USA. Together with the Appalachian Trail and the Continental Trail, they combine the Triple Crown of Hiking.
The PCT has a total distance of 2,663 mi (4,286 km) with a elevation change of 420,880 ft (128,284 m). Passing truth 25 national forests, 7 national parks and 3 states (California, Oregon, Washington) it covers the whole variety of the most beautiful landscape of the western US. It is possible to hike North- or Southbound, whereat the majority of truth hiker start at the southern terminus.
Confronting the hikers with dry periods in the southern California, snowy parts in the High Sierra or mountain passes in Washington it is necessary to prepare month before hiking. Physical fitness, gear and diet planning are one of the most important categories to make yourself ready for this trip.
And the final point which I think is really important before even start planning hiking the PCT is to ask yourself truly, WHY you want to hike it. Everybody get amazed by watching videos or reading journals of hiker completing the PCT and thinks at the moment: “Wow, that’s cool. I want to experience the same stuff.” But what after a day, a week or finally when your on trail and you start thinking: “Why am I doing this again?”. Everyone hike his own hike, with his own reason and goals and is going to have his own adventure.
And for me? I have indeed more then one reason, but everyone brings me to the final conclusion: “For me, know, at this time of my life, it is the right thing and I can’t wait until I take my first step on this trail”.