Pacific Crest Trail

The Pacific Crest Trail in North America is estimated to be 2650 miles (4267 kilometers) long, and takes 177 days* to complete when hiking at an average of 15 miles (25 kilometers) per day.

This trail is also referred to as the PCT, and the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail.

It is a linear trail, which means that to do a thru hike, you will have to start and end your hike in different places.

The Pacific Crest Trail has 2 terminuses. Most thruhikers choose to start their hike at the Southern Terminus in Campo, California, United States and end their hike at the Northern Terminus in Manning Park, Washington, United States.

A good day of the year to start this hike from the Southern Terminus is April 1.

The Pacific Crest Trail Association takes on the task of maintaining, improving, and advocating for the Pacific Crest Trail as its trail association.


NamePacific Crest Trail
Other Name(s)PCT, Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail
Length2650 miles (4267 kilometers)
ContinentNorth America
Far Out GuidePacific Crest Trail Map
Trail AssociationPacific Crest Trail Association
Terminus ASouthern Terminus, Campo, California, United States
Terminus BNorthern Terminus, Manning Park, Washington, United States

Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike Budget Calculator

Thru Hike Budget Calculator
Calculate how much it will cost to thru hike a trail.
2650 / 15 = 177 days to complete the hike
177 days * $35/day = $6195

Estimated Total Budget (USD): $8,195.00

Cade Rosche © 2022
*This data is estimated and should not be relied upon without further research. It is meant as a starting point for hike planning, not as the only information used to plan your thru hike.