The Pacific Crest Trail:
Exploring America's Wilderness Trail

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By Mark Larabee and Barney Scout Mann

The first illustrated book by the Pacific Crest Trail Association, this is the third book in Rizzoli New York's bestselling trail series. It follows the 2013 National Outdoor Book Award Winner, The Appalachian Trail, and New York Times bestseller America's Great Hiking Trails. With a forward by Wild author Cheryl Strayed, Larabee and Mann spin out the saga of the Pacific Crest Trail, interspersing the story with rarely seen archival photos, maps and stunning contemporary photography. Readers experience the trail as if their feet were striding the path--making their own 2,650-mile journey from the Mexican border to the Canadian border through California, Oregon, and Washington. Hikers from all over the world are drawn to this trail to experience true American wilderness and to challenge themselves—whether for two miles or two thousand. The only illustrated book officially published with the Pacific Crest Trail Association., it comes with an official trail map folded into an inside pocket. Rizzoli says: "This photo- and information-packed book is an inspirational bucket list for everyone who wants to get out on the trail--from day-hiker to thru-hiker." 

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INTRODUCTION

By Cheryl Strayed

I first heard of the Pacific Crest Trail in December of 1994, after a guidebook to the California section of the trail at an REI outside of Minneapolis caught my eye. I was waiting in line to pay for my purchase when I picked up the book and scanned its cover. I was only killing time. I wasn’t trying to change my life. At approximately 2650 miles long, the paragraph on the back of the book informed me, the PCT is a wilderness trail that runs the entire length of California, Oregon and Washington, along the spine of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges.

Imagine that, I thought in astonishment before setting the book back onto the shelf and leaving the store.

 

Scout's Journal

Pacific Crest Trail McDonald’s Saved

August 19, 2016

You wouldn’t think you’d see the words Pacific Crest Trail and McDonald’s in the same sentence. But there’s one on the PCT.

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