Things To Remember When Hiking The PCT

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Would you like to become one of the best hikers that you can be in the near future? After spending so much time being an employee of a tree trimming company, I wanted to spend some time with trees without actually doing the work for a bit. If you’re like me and the answer is yes, then you should be reading this right article right now. We will be giving you some effective tips on how to prepare self mentally and physically for the enormous challenge of going through the Pacific Crest Trail sooner rather than later.

Do Your Research

The first thing that you need to do is to make sure that you are able to do your research regarding the basic information about the Pacific Crest Trail. This particular hiking location has gained its popularity because of its sheer length at about 2650 miles.

It spans the vastness of about three states namely:

  • California
  • Oregon
  • Washington


If you ever decide to go on this trail, you have to prepare yourself both mentally and physically for the grueling task. You would have to either be accompanied by a seasoned hiker/mountaineer or you would have to be willing to undergo extreme physical training to prepare.

Mind the Varying Data and Routes

The number of official trail sections may vary from 29 to 30 depending on different sources. However, one thing remains the same, you will surely pass through the different states mentioned above and landmarks once you get things going with the hike.

Occasionally, you have to be prepared to be rerouted during the hike in order to avoid some dangerous paths along the way. You do not have to worry though, because you will have a map to guide you through this trail without difficulty.

However, this change in route and sometimes add a few miles to the trail making the chip even longer than it’s supposed to be. It can also shorten the trip, depending on the route taken.

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What To Expect From Hiking Trips

Prior to the trip, you should make it a point to ship some of your supplies to known towns that you will pass through on the trail. This way, you will be able to replenish and recharge in the stop points during the trip.

You also have to be prepared for changing temperatures, especially at high altitudes. Take note of your hiking gear and apparel prior to going on the trip. This way, you will not end up freezing out in the wilderness eventually.

Final Words

These are just some of the many reminders that you should always think about if you’re going on a hiking trip with family or friends. Since you are going to deal with natural elements, it would be best to not do this alone. If you’re going on your own, hire a guide who can go with you on the trip.

This will increase the safety of your journey.

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