Opening Statement

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach
~Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Monday, February 6, 2017

Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Rough Hiking Plan

Chinook Pass at Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Here is my (very) rough hiking plan.  In short:

  • Starting on April 1, 2017 at the Mexican border, hiking north to Kennedy Meadows
  • then skipping ahead to Dunsmuir, CA and hiking south back to Kennedy Meadows
  • then going back up to Dunsmuir and hiking north to Canada, arriving at the end of September
You could call this a spin or blender hike since it involves two changes of direction.  The reason for hiking south form Dunsmuir is to reduce the amount of hiking through deep snow and on snow slopes, as this kind of hiking can be dicey with problem knees.  I may have to adjust the route and schedule further due to above-normal snow levels this year.

Photo Credit:  David Fulmer via Flickr (cc) link:


  1. Kevin, God bless for the trip. I am looking forward to tracking your progress. Maybe we can come out to meet you as you go by.

    1. Thanks Jim. If your schedule works out, it would be great to see you on the trail or at a town stop.