Ben Hikes
Pacific Crest Trail

Pacific Crest Trail

Key Details

  • Where: Western United States
  • Start: Campo, Mexican Border (USA)
  • End: Manning Park, Canadian Border (Canada)
  • Dates: 02/05/2018 – 16/08/2018 (107 days)
  • Length: 2650 miles (4264km)

Trail Journal

I uploaded photos and kept daily notes in a Google Photos album (linked below). You can find more information there. At the bottom of this page are few highlights.

Overview map of the PCT (source)

Mileage Data

As a part of my trail journal, I noted down which “Mile” I was at by the end of the day. After my hike I put this daily cumulative total into a spreadsheet. From this I created a few interesting charts and calculated a few statistics, because who doesn’t honestly enjoy a bit of back-patting after working hard at something?


Some things changed over the trail, but by-and-large it stayed the same. I actually started out lighter and added in some luxuries along the way. Amongst these were: sleeping socks, an inflatable pillow and a tyvek groundsheet (before I was using polycryo, which is like an unstretchy cling-film).


  • Instagram worthy gear photo.
  • The start of the PCT (Southern Terminus)
  • One of the first days in the desert.
  • Typical desert hiking on the PCT.
  • Kearsarge Lakes
  • Approaching Muir Pass
  • Doing my homework for the next month.
  • Yosemite NP
  • Morning in the Sierras.
  • One of few road walks, Northern California.
  • One of the many volcanoes in Oregon.
  • My trusty TarpTent Protrail, somewhere in Northern Oregon.
  • Mt Jefferson, Oregon
  • The Knife's Edge in the Goat Rocks Wilderness
  • One of the final campsites in Northern Washington.
  • The End, Canadian border.