The Pacific Crest Trail was designated as one of the first National Scenic Trails way back in 1968. As it traverses the "high road" from Mexico to Canada, incredible views are not only commonplace but also uniquely diverse, because the trail connects six of North America's seven eco-zones. The PCT's familiar, well-worn path is a special place for hikers from all walks of life on walks of all lengths and for all reasons.
Instead of guiding you through the arduous task of hiking the entire PCT, the goal of this book is to help you plan trips that incorporate hiking on the PCT in Southern California, whether you have just an afternoon to spare or you want to escape for the entire weekend.
Carefully edited maps and elevation graphs generated with GPS data collected by the author on the trail will help make your trip a success. This cargo-pocket guide offers author-tested advice to help you make the most of your time away from civilization, however long (or short) that stretch may be.
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David Money Harris has been roaming the California mountains since he was but a wee tot in his father's backpack. Later, he fell in love with the Sierra Nevada on Boy Scout backpacking trips and as a leader in the Sierra Club's Peak Climbing Section. During the past twelve years, he has been exploring the amazingly diverse mountains of Southern California. For much of the past six years, his own three sons have been riding along on these adventures.
David teaches Engineering at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA. He is also the coauthor of Afoot and Afield Inland Empire and San Bernardino Mountain Trails.
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