The Pacific Crest Trail: A Hiker's Companion

The Pacific Crest Trail: A Hiker's Companion

by Karen Berger, Daniel R. Smith
     
 

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This book begins where basic trail guides and maps leave off. For each section of the trail, the authors describe the route in detail and recommend the best day hikes and short backpacks from each trailhead. They describe the plants and animals hikers will see, tell stories about local history, explain plate tectonics, and in a thousand other ways enrich your…  See more details below

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This book begins where basic trail guides and maps leave off. For each section of the trail, the authors describe the route in detail and recommend the best day hikes and short backpacks from each trailhead. They describe the plants and animals hikers will see, tell stories about local history, explain plate tectonics, and in a thousand other ways enrich your experience of the journey. For many people, the Pacific Crest Trail is the ultimate long-distance hiking trail. Beginning in the dry valleys of southern California, it follows the crest of the snow-capped Sierras and ends in the ancient forests of Washington’s Cascades. Along the way, national treasures such as Yosemite, Crater Lake, and Mount Rainier make this trail one of the premier hiking destinations in the world. But hiking is about much more than getting from A to B. Berger and Smith draw on their tremendous experience—together they have logged more than 12,000 miles on the PCT—to give tested advice to long-distance hikers on trip planning, gear and safety, seasonal considerations, trailheads and resupplies, permits, and much more.

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Designed for everyone from the weekender to the through-hiker, this guide to the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail aims to help the user safely navigate the most famous trail in the West. The authors, with some 12,000 Pacific Crest miles between them, share their knowledge on the trail's strengths (with interpretive sections on flora, fauna, and local history) and how to avoid its less enjoyable aspects (crowds and bears). The book is split into 18 sections covering specific stretches of the trail, each beginning with a map, followed by a description of the hike, including the best season to visit, and possible re-supply stations for those hiking longer stretches. The book assumes some knowledge of backpacking, so there is little discussion concerning gear or other basics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781581572124
Publisher:
Countryman Press, The
Publication date:
04/21/2014
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
109,020
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Karen Berger, author of the best-selling Hiking and Backpacking: A Trailside Guide, has hiked over 15,000 miles, including the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, and the Continental Divide Trail.

Daniel R Smith is professor of history and political science at Iona College.

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