The PCQ extends 3000 miles from the Mexican Border to the Northern Cascades, nearly to Canada. The route, while it does not literally follow the Pacific Crest Trail travels as close to the path as practical on legal roads and OHV trails. The journey extends through 20 National Forests almost continuously from border to border. The route is about 50% unpaved with the paved portion mostly over twisty Forest Service roads. It is a long and beautiful 3000 miles. The entire route includes nearly 500,000 feet of elevation change!
See trip report here: 15 Days on the Pacific Crest
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Day1: Campo to Crestline - 240 miles. Travels though the Cleveland N. F., Grapevine Canyon in the Anza Borrego Desert, into The San Bernardino N.F., along Seven Pines Rd and north to lake Arrowhead and into Crestline.
Day 2: Crestline to Tehachapi - 210 miles. From Cajon, heads west along the Angeles Crest; at Three Points turns off to Mt. Gleason, along ridge to Magic Mtn. and down towards Santa Clarita. Afternoon north to Lake Hughes; west along the Liebre Mtn. Ridgeline to Hwy 138; and north east along the Los Angeles Aqueduct, skirting the Mojave Desert to Tehachapi.
Day 3: Tehachapi to Three Rivers - 240 miles Dead-end through Keene ranch to the north; so take 58 to Caliente. North over the scenic Puite Mtns and down to Lake Isabella. Long trails through Sequoia N.F., then west toward Visalia due to no northerly trails into the National Park.
Day 4: Three Rivers to Fish Camp - 195 miles. Paved through Park. Dirt crossing Kings River entering Sierra N.F. to Shaver Lake then twisty, remote, paved Mammoth Rd. and dirt west to Fish Camp. Very scenic!
Day 5: Fish Camp to Big Trees - 190 miles. Forested, dusty dirt west around Yosemite to Briceburg crossing SR140 through Stanislaus N.F. Up a twisty climb and over narrow scenic trails to potholed, Old Yosemite Rd and crossing SR120 at Harden Flat. Forest Rd towards Cherry Lake. Dirt over Dodge Ridge to Pinecrest Lake crossing SR108. Fast gravel and dirt through Game Refuge to Boards Crossing and onto Hwy 4 at Big Trees State Park. Amazing elevation changes all day!
Day 6: Big Trees to Reno - 210 miles. Twisty, difficult to follow, fire roads through Eldorado N.F. to Hwy88 then forest roads north to Kyburz on US50. Icehouse to Wentworth Springs, beautiful French Meadows, Forest Hill Divide and a rocky road north to Soda Springs. I-80 to Reno.
Day 7: Reno to Gold Lake - 115 miles. Henness Pass Rd in Tahoe N.F. northwest towards Hwy 49 at Sierra City north on a treacherous climb up Sierra Buttes Rd. to Butcher Ranch, a some single-track and down a steep, rocky jeep road to Gold Lake OHV camp.
Day 8: Gold Lake to Old Station / Lassen N.P. - 220 miles. Hwy 89 to Plumas - Eureka State Park west through scenic Plumas N.F. fire roads to Quincy- La Porte Rd. From Quincy north to Lake Almanor, crossing Hwy 70. Hwy 89 north through Lassen N.P. and over lava bed trails to Old Station.
Day 9: Old Station to Coffee Creek - 215 miles. Beautiful lava road along Hat Creek Rd. through Lassen N.F. Then Hwy 89 northwest to McCloud. Numerous dead ends on the way due to private property closures. (Better route through southern half of Shasta N.F. needs work) From Dunsmuir through Castle Crags and into Trinity N.F. From there the fire road over the Trinity Alps dead ends at a remote wash-out. (Alternate route may be possible.) Backtrack 30 miles to Trinity river and then west over Ramshorn Summit to Hwy 3 and Coffee Creek. Needs help...
Day 10: Coffee Creek to Crater Lake - 290 miles. Hwy 3 north to Scott River Rd. then into Klamath N.F. on a fire Rd up Lake Mtn. Road ends at a pair of washouts. Alternate may be possible from Scott Bar. Backtrack to Hwy 96 to Horse Creek, north up to Siskiyou Ridge and east on a fantastic jeep road along the high ridge to Mt. Ashland. From Ashland northeast to Rouge River N.F. fire roads connecting to Hwy 62 into Crater Lake N.P.
Day 11: Crater Lake to Bend - 160 miles. Forest roads through Umqua N.F. to Crescent Lake and on to Mt. Bachelor. Hwy 46 into Bend. There is a trail from Todd Lake to Sisters. Closed due to snow. This was a short day.
Day 12: Bend to Hood River - 210 miles. Mckenzie Hwy west to Old Santiam Rd in Deschutes N.F. Sandy forest trails pass through Willamette N.F. over some whooped out quad trails and onto US 20.at junction with Hwy 22 following the Santiam River north into Mt. Hood N.F. on gravel roads. Lolo Pass Rd along the base of Mt. Hood into Hood River.
Day 13: Hood River to Roslyn - 220 miles. Cross the Columbia River to Willard into Gifford Pinchot N.F. To Gobblers Knob along Panther Creek north to the base of Mt. Adams and on to Packwood. US12 through Mt. Rainier N.P. From Greenwater over Tacoma Pass and a deep crossing at Cabin Creek into Easton taking I-90 towards Roslyn.
Day 14: Roslyn to Slate Peak - 225 miles. From Clu Elam Lake into Wenatchee N.F. crossing Teanaway Ridge to US97 north towards Chelan. Cooper Ridge tracks northward over a scenic series of fire roads ending at Hwy153. Then north on Hwy 20 to Winthrop. The final leg climbs through Harts Pass in Okanogan N.F. and onto the final destination at Slate Peak. Feels like the top of the world!
Do let me know if you get out to ride some of this. Enjoy!