This beautifully illustrated book, officially published with the Pacific Crest Trail Association and now in a pocket-sized gift and souvenir format, highlights this legendary footpath with more than 170 spectacular contemporary images taken by the foremost hiking photographer in America. Readers can experience the trail as if their boots were on the path - passing by the trail blazes, taking in the surrounding wilderness at scenic overlooks, meeting other hikers at lean-tos or shelters, and freezing at the sight of bear, elk, or other majestic wildlife.
Designated as one of the first two national scenic trails in 1968, the Pacific Crest Trail is a continuous footpath of more than 2,650 miles - from the Mexican to the Canadian border. It is often called the "wilderness trail" because roughly half of it runs through federal wilderness - 25 national forests, six national parks, five state parks, three national monuments, and 48 federal wilderness areas. The trail symbolises everything there is to love - and protect - in the western United States. This book is perfect for anyone interested in conservation, outdoor recreation, or American history, or for those who dream of one day becoming thru-hikers themselves.