Stretching over 2600 miles from the Mexican to the Canadian border, the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) passes through some of the most breathtaking scenery in the U.S. Each year hundreds of hikers attempt to complete the entire trail while thousands of others take it in smaller sections. Also included in this section is the immensely popular John Muir Trail through the high Sierras and Yosemite National Park.
Pacific Crest Trail Overview Map
Pacific Coast Trail Scenic Trail Map. 1:1,700,000. National Geographic Maps.
This beautiful poster shows the entire length of the trail from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon, and Washington. A unique elevation profile highlights the trail's peaks and valleys, and an informative mileage chart shows the distance between key locations. Also highlighted on this map are passes, peaks, national forests, national parks, state parks, and Indian reservations. Additional points of interest include lodges and campgrounds near the trail.
Map #1. Southern California - the Mexican border to Big Bear Lake. 2004.
Map #2. The Transverse Ranges - Big Bear Lake to Tehachapi Pass. 2006.
Map #3. Southern Sierra Nevada - Tehachapi Pass to Le Conte Canyon. 2008.
Map #4. Central Sierra Nevada - Le Conte Canyon to Barker Pass. 2009.
Map #5. Northern Sierra - Barker Pass (Lake Tahoe) to Old Station, just north of Lassen National Monument. 2011.
Map #6. Klamath - Southern Cascades. 2012.
John Muir Trail Map Pack. 1:63,360. Tom Harrison Maps. 13 waterproof 6-color, shaded-relief topo maps show the popular Sierra Nevada trail (& Pacific Crest Trail) between Mt Whitney & Yosemite Valley: trails, miles between points, side (un-maintained) trails, campgrounds, pack stations, & High Sierra Camps. Each 8-1/2 x 11" map page covers about one day's hike along the Trail.
Sample of the maps Legend of the map. Index showing coverage of the maps in this pack
John Muir Trail Atlas. 1:63,360. National Geographic Maps.
National Geographic's Map Guide of the John Muir Trail is a pocket atlas which provides detailed topographic maps, interesting history, a waypoint table, information about resupply and bear safety, and key points of interest you will encounter along the trail. Formatted to meet your needs while navigating this breathtaking and remote trail, the maps within the guide are one-inch-equals-one-mile (1:63,360) making it easy to calculate distances.
Each map page has a trail profile that shows the elevation changes you will encounter. The John Muir Trail is highlighted and centered on each page so you can easily track your progress. The maps start at the northern terminus in Yosemite Valley and progress along the ridge of the Sierra Nevada, past Devils Postpile, and end at the highest point in the lower 48 on the top of Mount Whitney. Along the way you will pass through Yosemite National Park, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Devils Postpile National Monument, John Muir Wilderness, Kings Canyon National Park, and finally, Sequoia National Park and Mount Whitney.
Pocket atlas, sized 4.25 x 9.25 inches closed, 8.5 x 9.25 inches open.
Sample detail from the John Muir Trail map Sample detail from a text page of the John Muir Trail map
Pacific Crest Trail Hiking Guides
Pacific Crest Trail Data Book. Wilderness Press, 2005. Mileages, landmarks, facilities, resupply data, and essential trail information for the entire Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada.
Pacific Crest Trail Hiker's Companion. By Karen Berger and Daniel Smith. Countrymap Press. A narrative field guide to the unique plants, animals, history, and landscapes of the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail. For many people, the Pacific Crest 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. 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 the experiences of the journey. In addition, 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. Color photographs and illustrations, 20 maps.
Pacific Crest Trail - Oregon and Washington. Wilderness Press. From the California border to the Canadian border. By Jeffrey P. Schaffer and Andy Selters. Designed for thru hikers, section hikers, and day hikers it describes the official route, occasional alternate routes, side trips, and resupply points. The new edition contains a 9-page update, including the rerouted portion of the trail in Washington between Indian Pass and Miners Creek. 354 pages.
Mile-by-mile guidance for any PCT hiker
Two-color topographic maps showing every portion of the Oregon/Washington PCT
Trail history, including information on the region's natural history, geology, and ecology
Pre-hike information supplies, permits, and planning tips
Day & Section Hikes Pacific Crest Trail: Washington. Many hikers dream of walking the entire length of the famed Pacific Crest Trail (2,650 miles from Canada to Mexico). But time, jobs, and other obligations get in the way. This new guide makes it easy to explore the most memorable stretches of the route in Washington. While not intended for thru-hiking reference, the handy format and concise information makes this book a perfect companion for short trips on the PCT. Trips range from one day to multi-day adventures along the trail. Each trip is shown on a map and has an elevation profile, depicting all the ups and downs, with GPS coordinates given for trailheads. Includes a comprehensive ratings system (for scenery, trail condition, difficulty, and solitude), information on water sources, links to continuing trails, and other vital details. This title contains 30 trips in Washington.
Day & Overnight Hikes: Oregon's Pacific Crest Trail. Menasha Ridge Press. The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) winds for 460 miles along the crest of the Cascade Mountains in Oregon. From a high of 7,300 feet above sea level to a low of 200 feet, it traverses deep forest and mountain meadows, crosses whitewater streams and high-country-vistas, and visits countless lakes, including Crater Lake, one of the wonders of the United States. The PCT connects all these, yet it's within a few hours of more than 90 percent of Oregon's population. And while the PCT has a reputation as a hard-core wilderness experience, Oregon is considered the easiest, lowest-elevation section of the whole Trail.
Hikers of all attitudes and abilities can enjoy the Trail through Oregon. Each day and overnight hike contains four key elements to help readers plan and enjoy the perfect trip:
GPS-based trail maps
GPS-based elevation profiles
directions to the trailhead
Each trail description offers precise commentary on what to expect along the way and rates each hike for:
accessibility for children
Designed to fit easily into a back pocket, Day & Overnight Hikes: Oregon's Pacific Crest Trail leads hikers and backpackers to sites of exceptional beauty and solitude. So grab your boots and start hiking in the great outdoors.
Pacific Crest Trail - Northern California guide from Tuolumne Meadows to the Oregon Border. By Jeffrey P. Schaffer, Wilderness Press, 2003, reprinted with updates in 2005. This comprehensive guide provides in-depth coverage of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park to the Oregon border. Plan day hikes, weekend backpacks, or an extended thru-hike adventure with this indispensible guidebook.
Our PCT gurus supply maps, photos, resupply access routes, side trips, and updated trail data. Learn about rocks, plants, animals, and human history along the trail. Plan for, trouble-shoot, and enjoy your PCT adventure with this authoritative guide. Over 200 maps included. Softcover, 360 pages.
Day & Section Hikes Pacific Crest Trail: Northern California. Wilderness Press. Many hikers dream of walking the entire length of the famed Pacific Crest Trail (2,650 miles from Canada to Mexico). But time, jobs, and other obligations get in the way. This new guide makes it easy to explore the most memorable stretches of the route in Northern California. While not intended for thru-hiking reference, the handy format and concise information makes this book a perfect companion for short trips on the PCT. Trips range from one day to multi-day adventures along the trail. Each trip is shown on a map and has an elevation profile, depicting all the ups and downs, with GPS coordinates given for trailheads. Includes a comprehensive ratings system (for scenery, trail condition, difficulty, and solitude), information on water sources, links to continuing trails, and other vital details. This title contains 32 trips in Northern California.
Top Trails: Lake Tahoe. Wilderness Press. Top Trails Lake Tahoe explores the best trails for hiking and biking in the Tahoe area, including the north side's splendid backcountry, the lake's sedate western side, the picturesque and popular areas south of the lake, including Desolation Wilderness and D. L. Bliss and Emerald Bay state parks and the relatively undeveloped eastern side. Several hikes follow sections of the Tahoe Rim Trail and Pacific Crest Trail. Veteran author Mike White has selected the 50 best trips in the area, ranging in length from a mile-long stroll through a lush, lodgepole-lined meadow to a 19-mile trek on the Tahoe Rim Trail with excellent lake views. The second edition includes six new trails, including a hike among brilliant autumn colors in Hunter Creek canyon and a stroll to delightful picnic spots near turbulent 200-foot Cascade Falls.
Part of the award-winning Top Trails series, which features elevation profiles, detailed maps, driving directions, and innovative "don't get lost" trail milestones.
Winner of the Benjamin Franklin Award for travel guides.
Pacific Crest Trail - Southern California guide from the Mexican border to Tuolumne Meadows. By Jeffrey P. Schaffer et al., Wilderness Press. This comprehensive guide provides in-depth coverage of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mexican border to Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park. Plan day hikes, weekend backpacks, or an extended thru-hike adventure with this indispensible resource.
Our PCT gurus supply maps, photos, resupply access routes, side trips, and updated trail data. Learn about rocks, plants, animals, and human history along the trail. Plan for, trouble-shoot, and enjoy your PCT adventure with this authoritative guide. Over 200 maps included.
The John Muir Trail hiking guide. Cicerone Guides. The John Muir Trail (JMT) is one of the world's most spectacular treks and is North America's best known mid-distance walking trail. It runs for 216 miles through the high Sierra Nevada mountains of California, from Yosemite Valley to the summit of Mount Whitney (14, 496ft), the highest peak in the USA outside Alaska. The walking trail, which is named after the great 19th-century Scottish naturalist, conservationist and writer John Muir, is entirely through the unspoilt wilderness of the American West and passes through three national parks: Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks.
To walk the John Muir Trail successfully thorough planning is required. All you need to know to plan and prepare for your trip is contained within these pages, from obtaining trekking permits to buying trek food and forwarding food caches along the trail. Abundant advice is given on such topics as dealing with inquisitive bears, coping with altitude, negotiating river crossings, as well as tips on booking transport to and from the trailheads and on what equipment to take. In addition there is a detailed description of the flora and fauna of this remarkable region.
Overview map showing all of the John Muir Trail. Sample of the overview map for a specific hike.
Guide to the John Muir Trail. By Thomas Winnett & Kathy Morey, Wilderness Press, 3rd edition. The John Muir Trail passes through a land of 13,000-foot and 14,000-foot peaks, of soaring granite cliffs, of lakes literally by the thousands, of canyons 5000 feet deep. It is a land where established trails touch only a tiny portion of the total area, so that by leaving the Muir Trail you can find utter solitude. It is a land uncrossed by road for 140 miles from Sherman Pass to Tuolumne Meadows. And perhaps best of all, it is a land blessed with the mildest, sunniest climate of any major mountain range in the world.
This book is your guide to this wonderful mountain world. It describes the John Muir Trail from the top of Mt. Whitney to Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley, and vice versa, as well as the trail which leads to the Muir Trail's start/end on Mt. Whitney. It has a chapter of how to plan and prepare for your trek, maps of the whole trail, a profile that shows all the ups and downs, and full descriptions of access and egress routes along the way.