The Pacific Crest Trail is approximately 2,660 miles long. (No one has the “true” length, as it changes: year to year, new sections are added, old ones are dropped out, reroutes are instituted to get around fire closures and protected wildlife habitats, and other issues arise which alter its course.) To steal from the PCTA website description, “The trail crosses over 57 major mountain passes. It dips into 19 major canyons and ambles past more than 1,000 lakes and tarns. The PCT passes through three national monuments, five state park units, six national parks, seven BLM field offices, 25 national forest units and 48 federal wilderness areas.”
The trail is far too long, complex, and amazing to detail here. These links have much more information for those who are interested.
The Pacific Crest Trail Association—The organization that oversees the trail. A wealth of information about how much work goes into maintaining such a long stretch of footpath and what you will see along it can be found here. Feel free to donate—they can always use the help.
PCT Hiker Glossary—Hiker Scott Bryce put together this handy guide to the lingo they sling on the trail. Now you’ll know why “hiker trash” isn’t a bad thing to call someone, or why zero days are so coveted.
Wikipedia—The quick guide to the trail, with lots of links to information about the areas the trail passes through.
Muk Muk’s Journal—One of the best blogs I read last year. Muk Muk’s chronicle of her journey was funny, scary, inspiring, honest, and really helpful. Most of my site is modeled (or, rather, stolen) from her template.
Halfway Anywhere—Want some interesting statistics about hikers and their thoughts on the trail? Tyler’s blog is pretty fascinating, and this particular post collects a wealth of diagnostic data about the PCT class of 2013.