Pacific Crest Trail

Area Status: Open

The Pacific Crest Trail, or the PCT, is arguably the most famous of the nation's designated National Scenic Trails.  Winding its way through spectacular vistas from Mexico to Canada, the PCT stretches 2,650 miles through California, Oregon, and Washington.  The Almanor Ranger District is home to 66 miles of the trail (including the 1,325 mile halfway point!) and provides multiple trailheads and access points.

The PCT is a non-motorized trail designed for hiking and equestrian use.  Portions of the trail are covered by snow in the winter months, but snowshoeing is encouraged.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: .
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: Spring - summer
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: No motorized access
Closest Towns: Poison Springs: access via 307 Road to 25N27 road heading southwest, turning southeast on 26N74 to a dispersed camping area Cold Springs: access via the Humbug Summit Road Humboldt summit: access via Humboldt-Humbug Road, which begins 4.3 miles south on Highway 89 of the intersection of Highways 36 and 89 Highway 36 crossing: 6 miles west of Chester on Highway 36 Domingo Springs: access via the 312 Road approximately 9 miles out of Chester


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  Area/Length : 
66 miles

  Elevation : 
3400' - 7600'