Pacific Crest Trail: Section G (Southern Sierra Nevada)

Section G of the Pacific Crest Trail introduces hikers to the Sierra Nevada, one of the worlds most magnificent alpine ranges. Starting at 5,000 feet at Walker Pass, the trail climbs over 8,451-foot Owens Peak, the keystone summit of the area and the first of the great granite castles of … Continue reading…

Pacific Crest Trail: Sections E & F (Mojave Desert & Piute Mountains)

Section E, starting in Agua Dulce and ending at Tehachapi Pass, is arguably the least popular of the southern PCT sections. It climbs up and over the 6,700-foot Sierra Pelona (“Bald Mountains”) but then drops from the crest to the floor of the Mojave Desert. Apparently the government was not … Continue reading…

Pacific Crest Trail: Section D (San Gabriel Mountains)

Section D constitutes a full 120-mile traverse of the San Gabriel Mountains, which make up the northern Los Angeles skyline. This range is rugged, standing above 10,000 feet and featuring a handful of high snowy peaks. Activity of the San Andreas Fault is pushing these mountains up at a rate … Continue reading…

Pacific Crest Trail: Section C (San Bernardino Mountains)

Section C is essentially a diagonal traverse of the San Bernardino mountains. With snowy peaks standing over 11,000 feet tall, this is the highest range in southern California. From Cabazon the trail climbs 6,000 vertical feet up Mission Canyon to the Coon Creek Jumpoff, a spectacular cliff set thousands of … Continue reading…

Pacific Crest Trail: Section B (San Jacinto Mountains)

Section B extends approximately 100 miles from Warner Springs north to Cabazon, a small community located at the notoriously windy San Gorgonio Pass. Starting in the low desert, the trail climbs up and over three small mountains (Bucksnort, Table and Lookout) before starting its grand traverse of the San Jacinto … Continue reading…

Pacific Crest Trail: Section A (Laguna Mountains)

Section A starts at the Mexican border near Campo and winds through the low yet rugged Laguna Mountains. At mile 20 the Lake Morena Campground hosts the annual PCT Kickoff Party. Once across the interstate-8 the trail climbs 3,000 vertical feet into the serene pine forests of the Laguna Mountains. … Continue reading…