pacific crest trail highlights

The 40 Highlights of the Pacific Crest Trail

If you picked up a map of the Pacific Crest Trail, stuck a pin in completely at random and then teleported to that spot on the trail, there is a 100% chance the location in which you materialised would be one of the most beautiful places you’ve ever seen in your life. From beginning to end, every inch of that 2650-mile trail is filled with mind-blowing scenery and unreal landscapes of all description. Each day you spend on the trail you see something that marks itself indelibly on your brain and leaves its footprints in your mind for years to come. 

Despite the fact that every PCT hiker walks the exact same strip of trail, no two thru-hikes are the same. Hundreds of factors – the time of year, the weather, the people you’re or even whether or not you had your coffee that morning – shape your experience and enjoyment of each part of the trail. Any hiker you asked would rattle off a completely different list of their own personal highlights. It’s difficult to split such a monumental life experience down into a few select best bits, but there were some standout locations that I will never forget.

 Here are my top 40 favourite places on the Pacific Crest Trail, in pictures:

1. The Southern Terminus/Mexican Border

 

2. Warner Meadows

 

3. Eagle Rock

 

4. San Jacinto Wilderness

 

5. Deep Creek Hot Springs

 

6. Cajon Pass (the infamous PCT McDonalds)

 

7. Mount Baden-Powell

 

8. Vasquez Rocks

 

9. Hiker Town

 

10. The Mojave Desert

 

11. The Lupine Meadows near Walker Pass

 

12. Kennedy Meadows

13. Mount Whitney

 

14. Forester Pass

 

15. Kearsarge Lakes

 

16. Rae Lakes

 

17. Muir Pass

 

18. Evolution Basin

 

19. Yosemite National Park

 

20. Sonora Pass

 

21. The Benson Hut

 

22. The BEST milkshake in the world at Caribou Crossroads in Belden

 

23. The halfway point

 

24. Subway Cave

 

25. Hat Creek Rim

 

26. The Three Devils

 

27. The Oregon border

 

28. Crater Lake

 

29. The Oregon Skyline Trail

 

30. The Three Sisters Wilderness

 

31. Mount Jefferson

 

32. Olallie Lake

 

33. Timberline Lodge

 

34. Tunnel Falls

 

35. Bridge of the Gods

 

36. Goat Rocks Wilderness

 

37. Mount Rainier

 

38. Glacier Peak Wilderness

 

39. Cutthroat Pass

 

40. The Northern Terminus/Canadian Border

 

These were my top 40 Pacific Crest Trail highlights. Read about my 2016 PCT thru-hike here, and you can continue to follow my adventures on Instagram.

0 replies

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *