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Not for the average hiker, there is a long-stretching trail through America’s west coast that stretches from the Canadian border all the way down to Mexico.

The PCT, or Pacific Crest Trail, was completed in 1993 and spans an impressive 4,265 kilometres from Canada to Mexico.  It is one of North America’s most challenging trails that showcases the multiple landscapes and wilderness of the west coast.

The Pacific Crest Trail runs through Washington, Oregon, and California.  Highlights include seven national parks, 57 major mountain passes, 19 major canyons, and over 1,000 lakes.

“It reveals the beauty of the desert, unfolds the glaciated expanses of the Sierra Nevada, travels deep forests, and provides commanding vistas of volcanic peaks in the Cascade Range. The trail symbolizes everything there is to love-and protect-in the Western United States,” says the official PCT Association website.

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The trail is divided into many manageable sections, but every year there are plenty of hikers setting out to complete the whole journey.  The full path can take four to six months to complete and takes months of planning and preparation.  The epic adventure is probably well worth it.