The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) stretches approximately 2650 miles through the United States reaching from California to Oregon and Washington. The trail begins at California's border with Mexico near the small, remote town of Campo and ending at Washington's border with Canadian border which is actually very remote and miles from any towns.
During their journey, thru hikers experience the beautiful high deserts of southern California, the deep desert of the Mojave, the glaciated and snowy High Sierras, the volcanic peaks of the Cascades, and the mossy temperate rain forests of the Pacific Northwest — nearly every iconic landscape in the Western United States.
This will be one of the easiest, but hardest, things you will attempt in your life. Similar to other long trails the Pacific Crest Trail, or PCT, is pretty remote and unlike the Appalachian Trail is further from access to cities. This means you need to be very prepared and overly familiar with your gear and how to use it in good and bad times, never leave unprepared as the trail can be unrelenting.
The Pacific Crest Trail climbs through nearly 60 major mountain passes while it also descends into 19 major canyons. The beautiful trails pass more than 1,000 lakes and tarns, 3 national monuments, 7 national parks, 24 national forests, and travels through 33 federally mandated wildernesses. - PCT Facts