Hart Pass

North Cascade National Park section of the PCT in northern Washington is arguably the most rugged, but with enough sweat, the stunning views of the rocky Cascade Mountains are well worth the effort. Much of the area that PCT traverses in northern Washington is inaccessible without a few days of hiking, but close to theRead More

Chinook Pass

Distant Mount Rainier is shrouded in clouds, close to Chinook Pass | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane Every mile of the PCT Washington side is filled with lush rainforest, rocky heights of alpine terrain and great views of the Pacific Northwest’s defining landmarks. Not much of the Washington PCT is easily accessible for daytime hikes, butRead More

Eagle Creek Alternate

Spectacular Tunnel Falls at Eagle Creek Alternate | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane The Northern Oregon Eagle Creek Trail is another alternative route that departs from the official PCT. This is not only a common excursion for most travelers, but one of the most popular places in Oregon to see a high concentration of water feature.WhileRead More

Paradise Park via Timberline Lodge

Mount Good from the PCT near Timberline Lodge and Paradise Park | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane While many sections of the PCT may be claimed to be the most scenic, the portion of the trail that departs from the historic WPA Timberline Lodge in Northern Oregon is shaping up to be not only one ofRead More

Editor’s Pick Crater Lake Rome Alternative

View from the gammon Trail of Crater Lake and Sorcerer’s Island | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane While the official PCT takes a route that extends west of the ancient caldera that is known as Crater Lake, Crater Lake Rim Vanguard is a highly acclaimed and promising departure from the original route, from which more PCTRead More

Lower castle rocks

Spectacular Castle Crags from Northern California PCT | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane After the PCT drops out of the highlands of Central California, breathtaking views and scenery can still be found at every turn. Even more so when tourists are in the vicinity of Crags Castle State Park and nearby Mount Shasta, Granite spiers andRead More

Carson Pass

Just 30 miles south of Lake Tahoe, along Highway 88, and 55 miles north of PCT Sonora Pass, the Carson Pass is a great hiking destination. It’s not just the stunning forest and alpine lakes found throughout the region, but the varied array of adventure options that make it great for anyone looking to hikeRead More

Sonora’s Pass

From the car park at the Sonora Pass (Highway 108), tourists have plenty of opportunities to explore, but for the greatest views and most spectacular scenery, it is worth hike five miles south of PCT from the parking lot. The trail begins with an ascent and eventually flattens out as you progress along the flankRead More

Tuolumne Meadows

Diving Dinner on the Shores of Tuolumn Falls | Photo Copyright: Brad Lane While Yosemite National Park marks some of the busiest spots you can find on the PCT, there is a reason why this national park is so popular. For a glimpse of the high-altitude splendor that Yosemite is, you can hop on theRead More