Backpacking The Pacific Crest Trail

A few friends and I have decided to hit the trails again. A few months ago, I wrote about how we did the Lost Coast Trail last year. It was such a great experience, and hiking really is addictive when you kill the miles day after day! The great views are a huge bonus. The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) isn’t so far from LA, so we’ve decided to go out for a week or two and “section hike” a portion of it. 

There are dozens of long-distance hiking trails in the United States, and even more abroad. Some are way more popular than others. For example, many people have heard about the “Triple Crown,” which includes the Appalachian Trail, The Pacific Crest Trail, and the Continental Divide Trail. These are all over 2,000 miles and most people tackle them in that order.

But for those who don’t have months and months to devote to these epic journeys, there are a number of “shorter” long-distance hiking paths. The “Triple Tiara” includes the Vermont Long Trail, the Colorado Trail, and the John Muir Trail. Most people have only heard of the last. The Colorado Trail and John Muir Trail are especially beautiful. 

Coincidentally, all three run concurrent with Triple Crown trails for some miles. The Long Trail runs concurrent with some of the Appalachian Trail in Vermont, The Colorado Trail runs concurrent with the Continental Divide Trail (in Colorado of course), and the John Muir Trail runs concurrent with the Pacific Crest Trail.

The PCT near LA is mostly dry and arid, but that isn’t stopping us. We’re accustomed to this environment by now! But it does mean we’ll need some new gear. Some people bring sunscreen, but we’ve opted for umbrellas instead — and we know how crazy that sounds, but it’s apparently becoming more and more popular to carry an umbrella. We’ll see how it goes. Wish us luck!