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Top 10 Hikes On The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)

10. Eagle Rock

Eagle Rock

Eagle Rock is located 100 miles from the PCT South Terminus. It is named so because the structure resembles an eagle with its wings stretched. The area is known for being filled with rugged landscapes. Hiking through this section can prove to be quite a challenge for hikers and even for day walkers. The whole journey is of about 7 miles if you start from Highway seven. The trail goes through the Canada Verde Creek and then continues through sparse grasslands and arid vegetation. The trail is best tackled between the months of March and May. If you are lucky, then you will get to see some stunning and colorful wildflowers while you are on your hike.

 

9. Mount Baden-Powell

Mount Baden-Powell

Mount Baden-Powell is located at the southern Californian part of the PCT. It’s a hike of almost 9 miles right to the top of the mountain. Located in the San Gabriel Mountains, Mount Baden-Powell isn’t an easy hike to take on. You need to climb almost 3000 feet and there are enough obstacles in the trail. However, once you get to the top you will realize why it is so popular. At the summit, you will be greeted by pine trees which are centuries old. As you look around, you will be able to see the Los Angeles National Forest and Mount Baldy.

 

8. Mount Whitney

Mount Whitney

Mount Whitney is located at the Sierra Mountains, which are a part of the central Californian section of PCT. The mountains often remain covered with snow and are very beautiful. Mount Whitney is the summit of the JMT or the John Muir Trai’. This trail is often taken as an alternative to the PCT. These two trails join hands and go through lakes and mountain passes before converging at Mount Whitney. For a truly enriching experience, try tackling the hike from the Whitney Portal. It is quite difficult to get a permit there, but it is totally worth it. It’s a physically strenuous hike, unlike many other PCT trails.

 

7. Tuolumne Meadows

Tuolumne Meadows

Tuolumne Meadows is part of the very popular Yosemite National Park. The park is one of the most-visited areas in the country and is stunningly beautiful. There are many different trails for getting to Yosemite Valley from Tuolumne Meadows. One of those is the Glen Aulin Trailhead. The hike from there is relatively easier and it runs for about 6 miles. On the way, you will get to see many beautiful waterfalls.

 

6. Carson Pass

Carson Pass

Carson Pass is the ideal place for an exhilarating day hike. It is located 30 miles from Lake Tahoe. The pass is surrounded with alpine lakes and beautiful woodlands. You can head for either the north or south from the trailhead. In both cases, you will find exciting scenery on your journey.  If you go south, you will get to see the 4th of July Lake and Lake Winnemucca. If you go north, then you will be heading towards the Echo Summit which is a mountain pass overlapping with Tahoe Rim Trail.

 

5. Lower Castle Crags

Lower Castle Crags

Lower Castle Crags is located near Mount Shasta and inside the Castle Crags State Park. Mount Shasta is an active volcano with a height of more than 14,000 feet. The terrain of the trail is mostly made of rocks and granite spires, which are said to be millions of years old. The trail runs for almost 7 miles through the park, with Mount Shasta always in view. Many hikers opt for the Castle Crags Dome Trail, which takes you to the top of Mount Shasta.

 

4. Crater Lake Rim Alternate

Crater Lake Rim Alternate

The Crater Lake Route is quite a popular trail with hikers. However, the Crater Lake Rim Alternate is also a very popular route. It is mostly favored because it features amazingly beautiful views of the Crater Lake, which is the second deepest lake in America. The trail begins at the DCT or at the Dutton Creek Trail Junction. You can also choose to cut the hike short by starting from ‘Rim village.’ The trail goes on for about 6 miles and offers spectacular views of Crater Lake and its clear sapphire waters. Crater Lake is truly one of the highlights of PCT and you shouldn’t miss out on it!

 

3. Eagle Creek Alternate

Eagle Creek Alternate

Eagle Creek Alternate is an alternate route for the popular Eagle Creek Trail. It starts from the PCT and is a common deviation for many hikers. Almost 98% of PCT hikers are known to take this trail. It is one of the most popular spots in the state of Oregon. On the trail, you get to see many beautiful waterfalls. As you progress further, you reach the Punch Bowl Falls which is a destination in itself. Then there are the Tunnel Falls, which allow you to trek right under a waterfall coming out of a tunnel.

 

2. Chinook Pass

Chinook Pass

The Washington part of the PCT is covered with high terrain and lush rainforest. Not much of the region is easily accessible to hikers though. However, there is the Chinook Pass located at the junction of PCT and Highway 410. You can easily reach this pass by car and start hiking from there. There is ample parking space available for vehicles. If you head north from the pass, then you get to see the Sheep Lake – a beautiful lake surrounded with jagged edges. If you go southward, you get to see lakes like the Anderson Lake and Dewey Lake. Chinook Pass serves as the eastern border to the Mount Rainier National Park so you can turn your hike into an endless one.

 

1. Harts Pass

Harts Pass

Harts Pass is one of the most adventurous trails of the region. The drive to the pass itself can prove to be a huge challenge. The access to the pass is narrow, with a cliff on one side. The Pass is located at a height of 6000 feet. The good thing is that you don’t have to climb too high when you begin. From the pass, you can head toward other passes like Rainy Pass or toward locations like Manning Park. The trail is covered with some of the most dramatic peaks found in Washington State. The pass runs for about 33 miles with the highest point being at 7635 feet.

Originally posted 2017-06-20 06:18:24.

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