The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail extends 2,638 miles, and boasts the greatest elevation changes of any of America's National Scenic Trails.
The trail touches three nations: Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Begun in 1928, the first hikers completed the entire distance from Mexico to Canada in 1972. However, some sections of the PCT route still follow roads or detour around private lands.
On National Trails Day, June 5, 1993, celebrations were held by the USFS, other land management agencies, and private hiking clubs, along with the general public, to commemorate the formal completion of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. The trail passes through 24 National Forests, 1 National Recreation Area, 1 National Monument, 33 Wildernesses, 6 State/Provincial Parks, 4 BLM Areas, and many areas of private land.
The Pacific Crest Trail offers hikers and equestrians a unique and varied experience.