Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail

Pacific Crest National Scenic TrailThe Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT) is a treasured pathway through some of the most outstanding scenic terrain in the United States.

Beginning in southern California at the Mexican border, the PCT travels a total distance of 2,650 miles through California, Oregon, and Washington until reaching the Canadian border.

One of the original National Scenic Trails established by Congress in the 1968 National Trails System Act, the PCT is administered by the US Forest Service.

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Thousands of hikers and equestrians enjoy this national treasure each year. Some only travel a few miles, while others complete every mile in a single season!

The Forest Service partners with the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, California State Parks, and the Pacific Crest Trail Association to provide effective management and protection of the trail.

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National Trails System

National Trails System: Connecting History, Cultures and Landscapes

National Recreation Trails (NRTs) provide for numerous outdoor recreation activities in a variety of urban, rural, and remote areas.

Over 1,200 trails in all 50 states, available for public use and ranging from less than a mile to 485 miles in length, have been designated as NRTs on federal, state, municipal, and privately owned lands.

For more information visit: NRT Database by American Trails.


Pacific Crest Trail Association

Pacific Crest Trail Association

Since 1977, the PCTA has protected, maintained, and advocated for the Pacific Crest Trail. Protecting America’s Greatest Wilderness Trail Experience

Leave No Trace (LNT)

Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics

Leave No Trace strives to educate all those who enjoy the outdoors about the nature of their recreational impacts as well as techniques to prevent and minimize such impacts.

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