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Learn About the Pacific Crest Trail
The following resources will help you find more information about the Pacific Crest Trail, including more detailed trail descriptions than we are able to provide on this web site.
The Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA) is a wonderful organization that strives to raise awareness for the protection, improvement, and maintenance of the PCT. They have great information on their web site, and if you are inspired by the idea of a National Scenic Trail that stretches from Mexico to Canada, the PCTA could certainly use your support in working for the well-being of the trail.
The following book is good for brief descriptions of each trail segment:
Berger, Karen and Daniel R. Smith. 2000.The Pacific Crest Trail:
A Hiker’s Companion
The 3-volume Wilderness Press guidebook series is excellent and VERY detailed...
Here are the citations for each volume:
Volume 1: Schifrin, Ben, Jeffrey Schaffer, Thomas Winnett and Ruby Johnson Jenkins.
2003. Southern California Pacific Crest Trail: From the Mexican Border to
Volume 2: Schaffer, Jeffrey P.. 2003. Northern California Pacific Crest Trail:
From Tuolumne Meadows to the Oregon Border. Berkeley, CA: Wilderness Press.
Volume 3: Schaffer, Jeffrey P. and Andy Selters. 2000. The Pacific Crest Trail:
Oregon and Washington . Berkeley, CA: Wilderness Press.
During our ski traverse of the High Sierra in California, we will be leaving the PCT for a time in order to travel a route closer to the actual crest of the Sierra Nevada range. These ski tours along the Sierra crest are described in this book:
Moynier, John. 1999. Backcountry Skiing California's High Sierra. Globe Pequot Press.
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