Discovering the Pacific Crest Trail

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Ready for your next adventure? If you’ve booked vacation leave but you’re not sure where to go, we’ve got an idea. Even if chilling out by the pool might be your usual style, a trip to the mountains could offer so much more. 

With the travel industry adapting to a surge in bookings for outdoor experiences, the Pacific Crest Trail could be perfect for your next ‘big’ destination. In this guide, we’ll introduce you to this incredible National Scenic Trail.

What is the Pacific Crest Trail?

This magnificent trail is a long-distance hiking and equestrian trail covering some of the most naturally beautiful, breathtaking land from Mexico all the way through to Canada, ending on the border in British Colombia. 

With the highest point on the trail reaching over 4,000 metres, it’s not one for the faint-hearted, but makes for the adventure vacation of a lifetime. Lofty peaks, deep, deciduous forests, and undisturbed lakes make it truly diverse.

Is it difficult?

The difficulty of hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail depends on a few factors. These include the terrain in the area you’re heading to, the weather conditions, and your levels of experience and fitness. 

You might want to consider a little training or buying extra equipment, including walking poles, if you’re heading out for one of your first adventures. Research the local weather and water accessibility before heading out, too.

With a recent report by the Outdoor Industry Association finding that just over half of the US population participated in outdoor activities in 2020, it’s time to boost those numbers and make a positive difference to your own health.

What should I pack in my bag?

The equipment you’ll need depends on how long you plan to hike for. Serious adventurers might want to commit to completing the whole 2,650-mile trail, but for a short tip, let’s stick to the basics.

A strong and sturdy backpack with water, snacks, emergency supplies, a first-aid kit and a portable phone charger is a great place to start. Plus, don’t forget a map and a compass!

If you’re planning to hike and camp over a few days or a couple of weeks, the Pacific Crest Trail Association website offers helpful information on backcountry basics to help ensure your safety and self-sufficiency on the trails.

What else do I need to know before I go?

Both Canada and the USA are slowly easing restrictions, but it’s still a good idea to keep in check with the latest updates on traveling to Canada during Covid-19 to make sure you’re prepared.

Overall, any point on the Pacific Crest Trail makes an awesome place to head out on your first adventure vacation – trust us, it’s worth it!

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