Pacific Crest Trail

“The Pacific Crest Trail spans 2,650 miles (4,265 kilometers) from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon, and Washington. It is a National Scenic Trail. It reveals the beauty of the desert, unfolds the glaciated expanses of the Sierra Nevada, travels deep forests, and provides commanding vistas of volcanic peaks in the Cascade Range. The trail symbolizes everything there is to love — and protect — in the Western United States.”

– Pacific Crest Trail Association


The PCT is one of the United States’ most iconic long-distance trails, probably second only to the Appalachian Trail, and as soon as I confirmed that I enjoy long-distance hiking I knew that it was a trail I wanted to do. My journey there was rocky – I started making plans in 2013, immediately after finishing the Arizona Trail, but due to injuries and a detour to the Heysen I didn’t set foot on the PCT until 2018. That trip was also disrupted by injury, but ultimately I managed to complete the second half of the trail (Burney to Canada) and returned in 2019 to hike the first quarter from Mexico to Kennedy Meadows. Life continues, long-distance plans are disrupted and I’m unsure when I’ll be able to complete my third and final LASH, but I look forward to returning to the PCT again.

For now, check out my journals below.

PACIFIC CREST TRAIL JOURNALS

2018

1. Introduction

2. Screwed

3. Progress

4. Don’t Panic

5. The Dark Void of Too Much Information

6. A++

7. Almost There

8. Day 1

9. Coughing up a Lung

10. Meeting Thru-Hikers

11. Coldpocalypse

12. Land of Poison Oak

13. Break from the Heat

14. You’re Doing it Wrong

15. Public Nudity = Bad

16. Meat-Eating Deer

17. Hurrah for Elevation!

18. Bearish

19. Lizard Love

20. Imma Take a Break

21. Wind and Hail and Snow, Oh My

22. NO ITUNES STORE

23. Demonstration for the Children

24. The Wall of Snow

25. Not Anything

26. In Some Form

27. Eaten

28. Marbleland

29. Camp Coordinator

30. Welcome to the State of Jefferson

31. Solo Hiker Socializing

32. The Climb

33. Bleep Bloop

34. Hello Oregon

35. Suspicious Hammock Users

36. Beginning of the Spiral

37. Middle of the Spiral

38. Middle of the Spiral (2)

39. End of the Spiral

40. Gone for Good

41. 0/3

42. Squishable

43. Squirrel Fiver

44. Grider Canyon is the Whipping Boy

45. Clouds of Evil

46. General Bumbleheads

47. Lonesome Complex

48. Hiker Hangout

49. Do I Look Like the Teacher

50. Rim Walk

51. First Trail Magic

52. Highs and Lows

53. Cache #2

54. Wah

55. The Wisdom of Dodgy Pieces of Paper

56. Slinkster

57. The Mosquitoes Weren’t Driving Me Towards Suicide Today

58. Forest and Lakes, Forest and Lakes

59. Plastic Totes

60. Weird and Amazing

61. Lava!

62. Why No Picture

63. Fancy Chocolates

64. In the Spirit of Being a Good Daughter

65. For the Sake of Protecting Humanity

66. With the Appearance of Death

67. Zen

68. That’ll Show It

69. PCT Hikers Are Spoiled AF

70. The Feeling of a Distracted Parent

71. Hereeee’s Johnny

72. Good Outcome, Bad Action

73. Grider Canyon of Outhouses

74. Arrival in Cascade Locks

75. Cascade Locks

76. Sauna

77. Most Useless Pump Ever

78. Nine Miles of Climbing

79. Cute, but Yeah

80. The Great Tragedy

81. A Thickshake Is a Proper Milkshake

82. Zero in Trout Lake

83. Drive-By

84. Not Demonic

85. Sisyphus

86. Knife’s Edge

87. So Much Smoke

88. Poor Bees

89. Non-Elkish

90. Misery Loves Company

91. I Hate People

92. Blowdown Mountain

93. Ultramarathon Day

94. Arrival at Snoqualmie Pass

95. Blue Skies

96. Clearer Skies

97. Suspicious Deer in Washington

98. LASHer

99. Over Cathedral Pass

100. Fun/Scary

101. Scraggly

102. Mountaineers Stevens Lodge Is Awesome

103. Visit to Seattle

104. Leaving Stevens Pass

105. Unruly Mice

106. But What Does It Mean

107. Cruddy Thing

108. Marmots Being Adorable, as per Usual

109. Morale and Courage

110. Arrival at Holden Village

111. Chocolate Bars and Toothpicks

112. Sticky Bun Sadface

113. Combork

114. The Tragedy of Electronics

115. Zero

116. Rainless

117. Detouring

118. Crossing the Border

119. Manning Park

120. Goodbye PCT

121. Concluding Thoughts

All Entries

2019

1. Introduction

2. Permit Day #2

3. Lessons Learned

4. Gear Sadventures

5. To Los Angeles

6. Tar Pits!

7. A Machine Gave Me That

8. It’s Legal Tender

9. Don’t Give Her That Beer

10. Trust No One, Even Yourself

11. Run Free

12. Views + Views

13. Mixed Bag

14. Bizarro High Precipitation Zone

15. Life Is One Big Missed Opportunity

16. As Many as You Want

17. Digging for Relics

18. Prove You Love Me by Backtracking on a Slope

19. As the Crow Flies is Bogus

20. Bee Tree

21. Warner Springs Zero

22. Awww Heysen

23. Making Camp in Early Afternoon is Best

24. Bikes Are Like Boo

25. Cutely Tumbling

26. Ah Live Oak Spring

27. Desert Divide

28. Fall

29. Chores Day

30. Face Stuffing

31. 50,000 Trucks

32. Back on the PCT

33. Crazy Windy Trails

34. Canyons

35. Disappointment Cabin

36. Lurking in the Bushes

37. Joshua Trees!

38. Zero #1

39. Zero #2

40. Two Spigots

41. See Ya Later

42. Happy Day

43. Deep Creek

44. Wilderness Somewhere

45. Short Day

46. Been to McDonalds

47. Zero in Mojave

48. Oh the Shame

49. Most Important

50. Tehachapi Mountains

51. The Roof is SO SHOT

52. Aquaduct Day

53. Leaving Hikertown

54. Women in Love

55. First and Only Mosquito

56. War of Attrition

57. Big Baby

58. Non-Sadist

59. Find the Proper Grocery Store

60. Paling in Comparison to Ghost-Related Fanfiction

61. NO LOW HANGING CLOUDS

62. Thou Shalt Not Flap

63. Thanks for the Easement, but Ten Feet Sucks

64. Soggy PCT

65. A Photogenic Day

66. The Creepy Classmate

67. Return of the Fake Rocks

68. Lake Isabella

69. Return of the Comb

70. Five Rides

71. Windchill x 100

72. Automatoning

73. Sittin’ on my Tractor

74. Give My KM People Back

75. It’s Late May, Okay?

76. When Even the Ramen Is Posh

77. Hold No Hope in Your Heart

78. Like Someone Who Anticipates Being Eaten by Rats

79. Looks Like a Nightmare

80. Better Stakes Than Poles

81. Love You Zpacks and My Tent

82. Well-Behaved Deer

83. Back to the KOA

84. Concluding Thoughts

All Entries


PCT website, managed by the Pacific Crest Trail Association: https://www.pcta.org/
PCT journals: https://www.trailjournals.com/journals/Pacific_Crest_Trail

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