Welcome to PCT: Oregon
The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) stretches for 2,650 miles, from the California–Mexico border to the Washington–Canada border. In Oregon, the PCT runs for 455 miles from Donomore Pass to the Columbia River. Here, it traverses oak woodlands, old-growth forests, alpine environs and volcanic plateaus. People hike the PCT for a variety of reasons: as a vision quest, to challenge themselves, or just to escape into the wilderness for a while. The nice thing about the PCT in Oregon, is that it can be hiked by just about anyone.
PCT: Oregon is a news and information resource to assist you in planning your own journey on the PCT in the state of Oregon. This site is also designed to supplement the new guidebook, Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail: Oregon (click to order). Here, you will find resources to help you prepare for your own PCT Oregon hike. This includes trail conditions and information, trip planning suggestions, gear reviews, local contacts and other resources related to hiking the PCT. No matter whether you plan on hiking for a few days or a few weeks, you can have a great experience on the PCT in Oregon.
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Preparing for the PCT
The most important thing you can do to ensure a successful PCT hike is to be properly prepared. That means having the proper gear, knowing how to use it, and being prepared to encounter a variety of trail and weather conditions.
- Study the guidebook and trail maps to give you an idea of what the terrain is like, what kind of water access you’ll have, and where you will camp.
- Familiarize yourself with your gear so you know how it operates; leave instructions and packaging at home.
- Carry your Ten Essentials so you can be prepared for a variety of trail conditions and incidents.
- Follow good Leave No Trace practices when it comes to choosing campsites, cooking and storing food, and managing waste.
- Leave your hiking itinerary with a friend or family member, and have an exit plan in case of inclement weather or emergency.