America’s Pacific Crest Trail is a 4279km hiking trail running the entire western length of the US, from Mexico to Canada. The hike traverses pristine wilderness through California, Oregon and Washington, including 7 National Parks and 25 National Forests.
There is a very small window of time to hike through all three states in the one season. Start too early and the snow makes the High Sierra unpassable. Start too late and the desert in Southern California is baking hot and water too scarce. Walk too slowly and the snow in Northern Washington becomes dangerously unpredictable.
Carrying all my essentials on my back, I walked an average of 190km per week, detouring to small towns to resupply food and equipment.
2017 was a year of record snow and record fire, resulting in a many disruptions and trail closures. I returned to the trail in 2018 to complete the miles I’d missed… and did another few hundred just for fun!