Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail
The Pacific Crest Trail‘s most recent fame may have been for its leading role in Wild, where novice hiker Cheryl (played by Reese Witherspoon) cuts her teeth on the route, but this is no route for novices. The trail travels through California, Oregon, and Washington before reaching the Canadian border and is known for its varied landscape and elevation — mountains, deserts, and colorful foliage and plants. “As one of my friends likes to say, this trail is just golden the whole way,” says LaRuffa. Along with its natural good looks, the Pacific Crest also showcases the full range of West Coast landscape diversity, from the Californian desert to the snowy peaks of the Cascade Mountains. “This trail really keeps you entertained with the way it changes so dramatically,” says Davis.
Time to Complete: 6 months
Terrain: Challenging. Expect a little bit of everything from mountains to glacial valleys to desert; elevation ranges from sea level to 13,000+ feet.
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