Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail


The logo for the PCT

The 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.

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

A hiker stands along a cliff face looking out across mountain pass

Large mountain covered in pine trees

tents sent up in the mountains

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! For information on planning a trip on the PCT, visit the Pacific Crest Trail Association's homepage.

Please see the Table of Contents to the right for additional information about the PCT. Also browse our Frequently Asked Questions.


PCT Interactive Map


a map of the PCT

Click on, zoom through, and explore the Pacific Crest Trail. This interactive map  shows federal land managing boundaries and provides contact information along the trail.