The Pacific Crest Trail

About the Pacific Crest Trail
Photo courtesy of the Pacific Crest Trail Association
Picture Perfect

View of Whitewater Canyon and the San Jacinto Mountains from a ridge in the San Gorgonio Wilderness located further south on the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail.

One Pathway Through it All

Zigzagging 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada, the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT) spans three states, crossing national monuments, national parks, national forests, Bureau of Land Management land, federally designated wilderness areas, state and county parks, and tribal lands.

Photo courtesy of Tehachapi Wind Museum
Trail Etiquette

In this area, much of the PCT is located on easements through privately-owned active ranch land. Please respect easement boundaries and be sure to close and re-chain all gates after passage.

Along the way, it ascends more than 50 major mountain passes and skirts the shores of innumerable bodies of water. Diversity is a hallmark of the PCT. In all, the PCT encompasses the greatest elevation range of any national scenic trail. The PCT passes through magnificently untamed country. From yucca and cactus in southern California to alpine lichen in the Sierra Nevada; from lava flows in Oregon to glaciers in Washington; the PCT provides a unique opportunity to experience the range of terrain, flora, and fauna that characterizes the western United States.

The PCT is not simply a footpath from Mexico to Canada; it is a trail that connects landscapes, communities, and people. Each year thousands of people from all over the world and from all walks of life embark on PCT journeys. These journeys may last a few hours, a few days, or a few months.

Pioneers of the Wind

Pioneers of The Wind

Why Tehachapi Pass?

Why Tehachapi Pass?

Hike a Mile or Two-Thousand

Hike a Mile or Two-Thousand

Download PDF leaflets:

Here you can view or download pdf leaflets for print of Pacific Crest Trail exhibit.

Map of Pacific Crest Trail

Download the Trail Guide

Tehachapi Wind Museum Leaflet

Download the PCT Exhibit panels

Come visit the exhibit.

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