Ok, so there’s a definite pattern along the PCT….it’s all amazing. As I’m reading through the guide books and creating these pages I often wonder how many times I can get away with more or less saying “this section is amazing, you have to come hike it with me”. The more I read and research the more I believe the entire trail will be amazing and hiking any part of it will be an epic experience. And if you are having trouble deciding (because they all seem so amazing) just take a blind stab at it and if your finger happens to land on this section you won’t be disappointed.
The plan is to hike this section straight through this section taking us 7.5 days as there are no resupply points or any easily accessable entry or exit points along the way so this is one section that you would have to join me for the entire way and if you are looking for an extended adventure this choice would be perfect.
From The Guide Book
Pacific Crest Trail by Wilderness Press
Because this is the longest section and because it has the greatest elevation change, it is the most diverse. It starts near the west end of the Bridge of the Gods, which at 180 feet elevation is one of the lowest points on the PCT (the lowest point – 140 feet – is met just one mile southwest from the start point of this section). Near this section’s end, the PCT climbs to 7080 feet elevation – it’s second-highest elevation in Washington – before it traverses the upper part of Packwood Glacier.
Between these two extremes, you pass through several environments. After starting in a lush, damp Columbian River forest, you climb usually viewless slopes; wind past an extensive, recent lava flow; traverse a lake speckled, glaciated lava plateau; and climb to a subalpine forest. The trail then circles a major, periodically active volcano, Mt. Adams; traverses high on the walls of deep, glaciated canyons; and finally climbs up to an alpine landscape at Packwood Glacier. Along Washinton’s section H, then, you pass through all of the landforms and vegetation belts that you see along the PCT from central Oregono trail’s end in southern British Columbia.