Backpackers hiking pacific crest trail

Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

July 15, 2019

The Pacific Crest Trail is one of hiking’s most spectacular trips.  Covering two countries, Mexico and the U.S. and three states: California, Oregon and Washington, the trail is 2,650 miles of pristine wilderness.  The trail is divided into sections, and each section is approximately 90 miles long.

Pacific Crest Trail Sign

Serious hikers have covered the entire trail in under two months.  Most people take considerably longer.  If you are looking at making the trip, you need to be ready.  This means being in top physical shape as well as having all of the gear you need.  We are going to look at a portion of what you need to tackle the PCT.


A tent and sleeping bag should go without saying.  The enemy of a hiker is weight.  Two or three pounds over a day’s journey can make a difference, so plan as light as you realistically can.  The weather on the PCT can change.  The temperatures can range in the 100’s to snow.  Plan your gear around the time you are going to be on the trail.  There are places to stay along the trail, so keep that in mind also.

tents at camp site


First and foremost, layered clothing is necessary.  Mornings may be cool, and the afternoons may warm up nicely.  Again, consider when.  Light, long sleeve shirts are always best and have a jacket too.  Pants that can unzip into shorts are a great idea as well.  Two things that you cannot have enough of are thick socks and underwear.  Pack more than you think you need of both.  Trust us on that.

Outside of clothes, bring sunglasses, polarized are the best bet, sunscreen, a headlamp, large, floppy hat and a first aid kit.  The first aid kit should have the essentials, including plenty of bandaids and moleskin for blisters.

Hiking boots should have plenty of ankle support and breathe.  Pack a pair of sneakers or sandals for the stops along the way.

You may encounter plenty of fresh water around you, but the safety of that fresh water is in question.  A water filter and iodine tablets will keep your water safe to drink.  Boiling water is an option if you have the time and resources.

Cash and your debit card are also needed.  Some stops may not take debit or credit, so have some cash.  Keep smaller bills if you can as well.

two hikers hiking


Hiking is an intensive exercise.  Your body is going to use lots of calories on the trip.  Leave the heavy foods like cheeseburgers for the stops or post trip.  Pack high carbohydrate snacks, proteins and electrolyte powders.  You can refresh supplies at the stops, so pack the amount you think you will need between stops.



You will take in some of the most breath-taking sights to be seen on the West Coast of the U.S.  You will need your iPhone for pictures and video as well as a way to check in once and a while.  Charging your iPhone is certainly possible at the stops, but along the trail is a different story.  An iPhone 8 battery case will help maintain your battery on the trip.  Zohmo’s charging cases are light and durable – perfect for the hiker hitting the PCT.  Zohmo has the best iPhone 8 battery case available and it's the thinnest iPhone 8 battery case yet. Zohmo also carries battery cases for the iPhone 6 all the way to the iPhone XR.


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