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Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail

Zigzagging 2,650 miles (4,265 kilometers) from Mexico to Canada, the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT) spans three states, crossing national monuments, national parks, national forests, Bureau of Land Management lands, federally designated wilderness, state and county parks, and tribal lands along the way. The trail’s lowest point is 140 feet above sea level at the Columbia River Gorge between Oregon and Washington; its highest is 13,200 feet at Forester Pass in California’s Sierra Nevada. The trail is designated for pedestrian and equestrian traffic; bicycles and motorized vehicles are not permitted.

Within 2-4 hours driving distance of San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Portland, and Seattle, the PCT is easily accessible and passes through magnificently untamed country. From yucca and cactus in southern California to alpine lichen in the Sierra Nevada, from lava flows in Oregon to glaciers in Washington, the PCT provides a unique opportunity to experience the diversity of terrain, flora, and fauna that characterizes the western United States.

For visitor permits or additional information, contact one of the following offices of the Cleveland National Forest:

Descanso Ranger District
3348 Alpine Blvd.
Alpine, CA 92001
(760) 445-6235 or
(760) 473-8824

Palomar Ranger District
332 S. Juniper St.
Suite 100 Escondido, CA 92025
(760) 745-2421 or
(760) 566-0130


Bureau of Land Management
El Centro Field Office
1661 S. 4th Street
El Centro CA 92243
Phone: (760) 337-4400
Fax: (760) 337-4490
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F
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