Pacific Crest Trail Recreation Management Area

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Pacific Crest Trail Recreation Management Area

Oregon

(541) 618-2369

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Overview

The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is the jewel in the crown of America's scenic trails, spanning 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon, and Washington. It reveals the beauty of the desert, unfolds the glaciated expanses of the Sierra Nevada, and provides commanding vistas of volcanic peaks and glaciers in the Cascade Range. The trail also passes through historic mining sites and evidence of humanity's endless quest for natural resources. Thousands of hikers and equestrians enjoy this national treasure each year. Some only travel a few miles, while others complete every mile in a single season!

The history of the Pacific Crest Trail started when the route was first explored in the late 1930s by teams of young men from the YMCA. Once proven feasible, trail pioneers Clinton Clarke and Warren Rogers lobbied the federal government to secure a border-to-border trail corridor. They had to settle, however, for several disconnected trails along the crest of each state. Largely through the efforts of hikers and equestrians, the PCT was eventually designated one of the first scenic trails in the National Trails System authorized by Congress in 1968, and was dedicated in 1993.

The PCT has five distinct sections, each having unique climate, geology, flora, and fauna. These sections are: Southern California, Central California, Northern California, Oregon, and Washington.

BLM manages approximately 40 miles of the PCT. The Siskiyou/Cascades segment of the passes interesting attractions such as Pilot Rock, an ancient volcanic plug used as a landmark by pioneers. The trail also passes Hobart Peak and Hobart Lake, and crosses through some old-growth forests on BLM land.

Map of Pacific Crest Trail Rec. Management Area

Latitude, Longitude: 44.164475, -121.957855

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Activities

  • Camping

    Camping opportunities are available in the nearby Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument and other parks.

  • Hiking

    Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail is an adventure in its own right.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horses and stock may be brought along for a trip on the PCT.

Park Partners

Pacific Crest Trail Association

The Pacific Crest Trail Association is an excellent source of information for anyone planning a trip on the PCT.

(916) 285-1846

Directions

Driving

The easiest place to access the PCT in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is at the Greensprings Summit. From I-5, take exit 14 near Ashland and turn on Highway 66 toward Klamath Falls. Take Highway 66 for 17 miles to the Greensprings Summit. A trailhead and parking area are located at the summit. From there, follow the PCT six miles north to Hyatt Reservoir or south to Soda Mountain, Hobart Bluff, and Pilot Rock (12 miles).

Phone Numbers

Primary

(541) 618-2369