Kelly and I both took Friday off from work, and amongst other things, our plan was to find a nice morning hike. Following an unnecessarily lengthy review of potential candidates, we settled on the Pacific Crest Trail. Sure, the logistics of driving only 15 minutes to the nearest trailhead could not have been easier, but in actuality, its hard to feel that we actually ‘settled’.
The PCT is the most widely used north/south long-distance hiking trail on the western portion of the United States, and those who choose to follow its path will view some of the most beautiful scenery there is to be seen.
With Canada and Mexico as bookends, the trail spans 2,663 miles through California, Oregon, and Washington and is closely aligned with the highest portion of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges. Not in a position to hike the entire trail on Friday, we spent three hours exploring an out and back section.
The trailhead we used for access was just off an old logging road and I’m guessing receives moderate usage. We saw only one other party (two people total) which made for a very enjoyable morning on the trails.