From the time the PCT leaves the Mexican border, until it reaches Canada, it has traveled 2,650 miles through 24 national forests, 37 wilderness areas, and 7 national parks. In Pacific Crest Trail: Northern Cali-fornia, you'll meet up with the PCT in Yosemite National Park's Tuolumne Meadows, then hike, climb, descend, and switchback your way to the Oregon border. You'll discover rivers, peaks, forests, meadows, fascinating geological formations, and other natural wonders. You'll pass through Emigrant, Desolation, and Marble Mountain wildernesses; Trinity Alps and Lassen National Park; and, you'll see Lake Tahoe, Burney Falls, Mt. Shasta, and Castle Crags. This book helps you locate the PCT and side-trips, find water sources, and access resupply routes. Jeffrey P. Schaffer also describes the rich geological and natural history of these mountains. Information on camping, permits, and the best seasons to go is provided along with updated maps.
About the Author
Jordan Summers has had more fun sleeping on rock, snow, and dirt than any one person should be allowed.
From 2007 until 2009, Jordan hiked approximately 1,300 miles to research and write Five Star Trails: Lake Tahoe, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Sacramento, and Easy Hikes Close to Home: Sacramento .
In 2009, Jordan solo-hiked 1,100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the California-Mexico border to Echo Lake Dam before an injury brought his hike to a close. But only a couple of years passed, and more books completed, before Jordan resumed his hike in 2012 and walked into Manning Provincial Park.
In 2015 and 2016, Jordan hiked the John Muir Trail for another second edition, Day and Section Hikes on the John Muir Trail, with Kathleen Dodge-Doherty and edited the Desolation Wilderness map. In 2016, Jordan hiked the PCT from Cottonwood Meadow (south of Mount Whitney) to Wapanitia Pass (south of Mount Hood) before weather changed his plans for hiking through Washington. That's the goal of his 2017 summer hike. When the snow softens, we'll see his tracks moving north.
Jordan is an alumnus of the National Outdoor Leadership School's Wilderness Outdoor Educator program, a Leave No Trace Trainer, and a NOLS-Wilderness Medicine Institute certified Wilderness First Responder. All of this helps him to pursue his passionhelping hikers of all abilities to get out there, have a great time, leave no trace, and come home safely.
Jordan lives in the Sacramento suburb of Elk Grove, California. He is active as a volunteer for the Tahoe Rim Trail Association and the Pacific Crest Trail Association.
Table of Contents
|About this Book||xi|
|Chapter 1||The PCT, Its History and Use||1|
|Chapter 2||Planning Your PCT Hike||7|
|Trekking Days or Weeks versus Trekking Months||7|
|Organizations Relevant to the Pacific Crest Trail||10|
|Mailing Tips (including post offices along or near route)||14|
|Federal Government Agencies (with south-to-north listing)||15|
|Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail--Dayhiking/Backpacking||18|
|Animal and Plant Problems on the PCT||23|
|High Altitude Problems||32|
|Chapter 3||PCT Natural History||33|
|Plant Communities of California's Pacific Crest Trail||51|
|Chapter 4||Using This Guide||59|
|Our Route Description||59|
|Following the Trail||62|
|California PCT Mileage Table||64|
|Section I||Tuolumne Meadows to Sonora Pass||66|
|Section J||Sonora Pass to Echo Lake Resort||90|
|Section K||Echo Lake Resort to Interstate 80||117|
|Section L||Interstate 80 to Highway 49||140|
|Section M||Highway 49 to Highway 70||156|
|Section N||Highway 70 to Burney Falls||188|
|Section O||Burney Falls to Castle Crags||230|
|Section P||Castle Crags to Etna Summit||256|
|Section Q||Etna Summit to Seiad Valley||292|
|Section R||Seiad Valley to Interstate 5 in Oregon||314|
|Recommended Reading and Source Books||340|