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The Pacific Crest Trail

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  • Pictures
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  • Good overview of the trail
  • Contains useful address'
  • Good info for European hikers too

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The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail runs for 2650 miles from the Mexican border to Canada through the mountains of California, Oregon and Washington. This book contains a complete set of detailed maps and route description divided into 101 sections. With information for planning a short hike or a thru'-hike. This is a very detailed guide by a man who has thru hiked the PCT 3 times. There are many pictures illustrations and maps.Filled with useful information.Broken into convenient sections.Includes schedules for hikes of different durations.Brian Johnson - Brian is an inveterate walker, having completed the PCT three times, backpacked round the coast of Britain, hiked from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean across the Pyrenees and also completed all the Scottish Munros in a single summer. A retired physics and sports teacher, he is also a keen cyclist and canoeist and has led groups climbing and hiking in Britain, the Alps, the Pyrenees and California..Author - Brian Johnson.Binding - Paperback - laminated.Pages -384.Publisher - Cicerone Press Limited.Year - 2010.ISBN - 9781852845889..

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Timecheck on November 17, 2010
Color: Paperback
This glossy paper, full color little book published by Cicerone is certainly a value for the money, and it covers the basics. The first 90 pages are on planning and do a good job of it. The body of the book is about 340 pages of maps, trail description notes and resupply points. There are about 10 pages of appendices, most with hypothetical schedules, but also other sources of information. The body is broken into parts, a part for example being from Agua Dulce to Kennedy Meadows. Each part starts with a chart of the mileages within the part and the resupply information. The book is 4 1/2 x 7 in and weighs 14 ounces - fits in a pocket but sort of heavy.

My reservation is with the lack of sufficient elevation information on the maps. They are strip maps of the route and do not contain contour lines. A knowledgeable hiker could use them as the only navigational reference assuming no snow covered terrain, but I would want my own set of topographic maps along, with utm (gps) coordinates. For the great majority of the trail, the route is obvious, but every few days you will encounter an unmarked junction, and every few weeks, one that requires nontrivial effort to make the right choice.

The maps contain a wealth of information in numbered notes. The author does have some gps coordinates in the notes. The maps include an elevation profile. There are elevations for the major high points along the trail, and each strip map has at least one spot marked with the cumulative mileage from Mexico. The schedules in the appendices include daily miles. Good maps are now readily available online, and can be printed out. The author lists these sites in Appendix B.

A note for Europeans. The author mentions in Documentation Requirements that a full U.S.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Fritz R. Ward VINE VOICE on January 26, 2011
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For a long time, the only guidebooks to the Pacific Crest Trail were the 2 (and then 3) volume set produced by Wilderness Press. They are classics of hiking literature, but increasingly some thru hikers have complained about these guides. Long on natural and local history, they seemed to almost provide too much information. Various attempts have since been made to condense what hikers need into a smaller and more user friendly format. This book by British hiker Brian Johnson is part of the new paradigm for distance hiking guidebooks.

Johnson's book is, understandably, addressed as much to European hikers as Americans. (Cicerone is a UK press.) The first appendix, for example, explains the English system of measurements to those Englishmen who no longer use it. But most of the book will be useful to all hikers. The first 90 pages deal with planning and a big part of the focus is on mental preparation. Since a significant number of hikers quit after the first 100 miles this emphasis is an important one. Most guidebooks in the past focused only on physical preparation and gear. These topics are not neglected, but as Johnson rightly notes, there really is not a lot of physical preparation one can make for long distance backpacking besides long distance backpacking. The traditional gym workouts simply do not prepare muscles for the types of use they see on a trail. Johnson is also to be commended for describing hiking and hikers as they are, not as they ideally should be. Yes, you should treat all water sources. Few do, and so Johnson rightly suggests strategies for mitigating risk. He also reminds prospective hikers that trail angels are in fact volunteers, and while their help should be appreciated, it should not be relied upon or expected.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By crow on March 20, 2011
Color: Paperback
It's a small book of 350 glossy pages wrapped in a sturdy vinyl cover measuring 7" x 4 1/2" , weighing less than a pound, and costing less than 20 bucks. I think it's just what was needed.

The first 90 pages covers prep, equipment, planning, what the hiking is like, resupplying, permits, getting to trail-- everything. The next 229 pages are maps, data, resupply info, trail angel info, water caches, alternate routes, elevation profiles, town info, birds and plants you are likely to see, interesting facts about the sites you pass, inspiring quotes; this book has it all. The final 20 pages are appendixes covering useful websites, books written by PCT hikers, sample hiking schedules and more.

The maps aren't topo maps and they wouldn't help much if you got off trail, but for the weight, size, convenience, and price it would be hard to beat.

I've thru-hiked the PCT three times and section hiked 2300 miles of it a 4th time. Next time I hike it I think I'll start the trail with this book minus the prep and planning pages and a gps loaded with the topos and Halfmile's( waypoints and tracks for the whole PCT and be free of having to receive any navigational aids along the way. Mail drops can get lost or delayed making you chose between waiting around in town or hiking on without any navigational aids.

If you want good topo maps of the Pacific Crest Trail you can download them for free at
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hugh on February 12, 2014
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The information in this guide is extremely useful and compact, and I would bring it along with me too...if it wasn't so heavy. Great to bring along for anyone not taking an ultralight approach. Otherwise it is on the heavy side.
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