The majestic Pacific Crest Trail traverses 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada and passes more than 1,000 lakes and towns, descends 19 canyons, and climbs nearly 60 major mountain passes. It crosses meadows, forests, deserts, and glacier-flaked mountains. Parts of it are in California, Oregon, and Washington. There are many ways to enjoy this trail, from a simple short stroll to a planned hiking and camping adventure. The sights are incredible, featuring the flora and fauna of this forested mountainous area.
Most hikers take about five months to complete the entire trail but there are plenty of lovely day-use options if you’re looking for a small piece of the epic trail. The Pacific Crest Trail crosses I-5 north of Redding and you can access it in several places in Northern California such as McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park and Castle Crags State Park.