HIking the Pacific Crest Trail

Thru Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail Blog – A Complete Guide (2021)

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Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail ranks as the single best experience I have had in my life. The 2660 mile (4286km) trail that runs from the Mexico Border to Canada.It traverses dry Californian deserts, high alpine mountains and wet rainforests. There is no other hike like it the entire world. For thru hikers in 2021 this guide should help with information needed to complete the hike.

Blogging and Thru Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

While hiking the Pacific Crest Trail I kept a daily journal. Below are all those entries. Each entry relates my experiences of the day both good and bad. Each entry also contains a selection of photos that I took on the that day. If you are planning on hiking the Pacific Crest Trail then you might find the posts of interest. If you never plan on Thru Hiking the PCT then you might get the feel for what it is like to spend 21 weeks hiking in nature.


Pacific Crest Trail Gear List

Every year thru hiking gear is better. When I hiked the PCT I used quality gear that lasted quite well. I was happy with most of my gear. In recent years I have updated my gear list and compiled a complete guide to the best gear for Thru Hiking. 

Pacific Crest Trail Gear List

You need to read about all the best gear available for Thru Hiking:
Best Lightweight Backpacks for 2021
Best Lightweight Tents for 2021
Best Lightweight Sleeping Bags and Quilts for 2021
Lightweight Sleeping Pads 2021
Lightweight Down Jackets 2021
My Current Lightweight Gear List


Resupply on the PCT

Click the link below for a Complete Guide to food and resupply on the PCT.

Resupply on the PCT


PCT Permits

Permits for PCT 2021 will be a little more difficult than usual. A decision on permits will not be made until January and maybe even cancelled for the whole year.

  • Apply for PCT permit. Check in January 2021 to see if permits will be available.
  • If you manage to get the permit then shrink it from A4 to a smaller size and laminate it. The size of a passport of A6 should be perfect.
  • Apply for a California Fire Permit to light an open fire in California. This includes the use of a hiking stove. When you get the permit you can also shrink it to A6 and laminate it. Even with the permit there may be Total Fire Bans, including the use of stoves.
  • Apply for a PCT Canadian Entry Permit.The PCT crosses the international border into Canada. There is no formal border here and no immigration here. Apply for a Canadian Entry permit prior to setting off on the trail. The application is quick and easy. Hikers with criminal convictions are usually refused entry, that includes driving drunk.

Pre Hike Information on the Pacific Crest Trail

The first thing any hiker will need to do is get hold of some quality maps. Halfmile PCT Maps and Guthook are the two best options for maps.

Pacific Crest Trail Southern Californian Desert


Pacific Crest Trail – The Sierra


Pacific Crest Trail – Northern California


Pacific Crest Trail – Oregon


Pacific Crest Trail – Washington

After the Pacific Crest Trail

Are you Interested in hiking other long distance thru hikes:
Te Araroa Trail
Continental Divide Trail

Appalachian Trail

Are you planning on hiking the Pacific Crest Trail? What are your biggest fears?
Leave me a message in the comments section below.

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  1. It’s just like yesterday that I’ve trekked Annapurna circuit. Not only we discovered the mountains like these, but we also experienced the way of living of its wonderful people. By visiting families, villages and charming sites we could feel ourselves immersing in the Nepali culture. I’d love to come back to discover more of this amazing country and its humble people. Would love to thank my guide who really has a good sense of the culture that is so present in Nepal. Trek was expertly organised and we felt looked after from beginning to end. Not only we discovered the mountains, but we also experienced the way of living of its wonderful people. I’ve been on a lot of excursions and have done a lot of travelling before but not more on hiking. Such a wonderful experience to remember. Hope you could try it also Brad.

  2. Good luck mate, I followed Carrot Quinn last year, certainly a winner of a walk. Funny thing is, I came here looking for bike electric charging info, the Sinewave seems the way to go.

    1. Thanks mate. And by the way I have been impressed by the Sinewave so far, highly recommended for charging from the dynohub. I’ll be back on the bike later this year.

    1. Thank you, I love this trail magic thing that I keep hearing about. Seems like a tight community looking after each other. Hopefully I’m there in September before the weather hits.

  3. Hey man, I dont envy you but I’m jealous. If you ever want to have a yarn about the AT I’m at the pool on the weekends, I’ll try to remember to keep some books there if you drop in. Enjoy

  4. Hey Brad,

    I think it is a wonderful decision. I can’t wait for the stories.
    I’ll keep my fingers crossed that everything will work out.
    Many greetings form Alice.

  5. You sure know how to dream big! Hope to see you in Portland or at least buy you a burger and a suds at Bridge of the Gods.

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