The Pacific Crest Trail is a perfect outdoor playground for beginners and experts alike. Whether you’re picknicking at a trailhead or mountaineering in the North Cascades, it’s important to know the basics. As you travel the trail, safety should be your top priority. The trail is beautiful and welcoming, but it is also challenging. Self-sufficiency is required so be prepared.
Where it is and how to handle it.
You're hungry. Play hard and eat well.
Staying found on the PCT.
Start them young.
What to carry on the Pacific Crest Trail.
Getting to and from the trail.
Important information about trail safety.
This website does not attempt to cover all things backpacking. There are many good books on the subject and we recommend learning skills first-hand from experienced people.