Pacific Crest Trail

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Trail Stats: 2,650 miles // Level: Easy to Most Difficult

The Pacific Crest Trail was started in 1926 and spans 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, travels through deep forests, and provides commanding vistas of volcanic peaks in the Cascade Range. The trail symbolizes everything there is to love— and protect— in the Western United States. Untold thousands of hikers and equestrians enjoy this international treasure each year. Some only travel a few miles, while others complete every mile in a single season.

The movie, Wild, which is a story about a young woman hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, ends when Cheryl Strayed reaches the beautiful, iconic Bridge of the Gods in Cascade Locks, Oregon. As the PCT has gained popularity, more and more people have gotten interested in day hikes on the Pacific Crest Trail. Below are three relatively easy day hikes for those wanting to explore.

Skamania County PCT Trails include:

Gillette Lake

Trout Creek

Dry Creek Falls/Herman Creek Pinnacles

Gillette Lake Washington
Resting at Gillette Lake (photographer: Micheal Drewry)
Leave No Trace
  • #1 | Plan ahead and prepare
  • #2 | Travel and camp on durable surfaces
  • #3 | Dispose of waste properly
  • #4 | Leave what you find
  • #5 | Minimize campfire impacts
  • #6 | Respect Wildlife
  • #7 | Be considerate of others