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"Pacific Crest Trail"
Includes ... Pacific Crest Trail ... Bridge of the Gods ...
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Pacific Crest Trail, heading north, from Washington State Highway 14. Image taken May 20, 2011.


Pacific Crest Trail ...
The Pacific Crest Trail is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. It crosses the Columbia River at Columbia River Mile (RM) 148, via the Bridge of the Gods. The trail is restriced to human and horse traffic only.

Pacific Crest Trail, Bridge of the Gods ...

Image, 2011, Pacific Crest Trail, click to enlarge
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Pacific Crest Trail, heading south, toll booth at southern end of Bridge of the Gods. Image taken May 20, 2011.
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Sign, Pacific Crest Trail, heading south, at toll booth at southern end of Bridge of the Gods. Image taken May 20, 2011.
Image, 2006, Crossing the Bridge of the Gods, click to enlarge
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Pacific Crest Trail, heading south, over the Bridge of the Gods. Image taken April 22, 2006.


"Fun facts" from the Pacific Crest Trail Association ...
The Pacific Crest Trail Association's Website (2009) lists a few "fun facts" about the Pacific Crest Trail.
  • The trail passes through 3 states - California, Oregon, and Washington.
  • The trail climbs nearly 60 major mountain passes and descends into 19 major canyons.
  • The trail passes more than 1,000 lakes and tarns.
  • The trail winds through 3 national monuments, 7 national parks, 24 national forests, and 33 federal wildernesses.
  • The trail continues for 9 miles into Canada, ending in Manning Provincial Park, British Columbia.
  • The trail crosses the San Andreas Fault 3 times.
  • More folks have climbed Mount Everest than have hiked the entire length of the Pacific Crest Trail.

The Oregon section of the Pacific Crest Trail is the shortest section, and also the easiest to hike, with the Cascade Crest being fairly constant in elevation. The only major elevation change in Oregon is the 3,160-foot drop into the Columbia River Gorge to cross the Columbia River at the Bridge of the Gods.

The Washington section of the trail passes the spectacular volcanic peaks of Mount Adams, Mount Rainier, and further north, Glacier Peak.



From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, ...
 




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*River Miles [RM] are approximate, in statute miles, and were determined from USGS topo maps, obtained from NOAA nautical charts, or obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website, 2003

Sources: Pacific Crest Trail Association website, 2009.

All Lewis and Clark quotations from Gary Moulton editions of the Lewis and Clark Journals, University of Nebraska Press, all attempts have been made to type the quotations exactly as in the Moulton editions, however typing errors introduced by this web author cannot be ruled out; location interpretation from variety of sources, including this website author.
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