Thousands of hikers pass each year through the gorgeous 2,653-mile trail known as the Pacific Crest Trail. From the Canadian-US border to the beginning of Mexico, there are countless natural wonders to discover in each region you encounter.
One of the most memorable areas of the Pacific Crest Trail is the Sierra Nevada, located in the eastern part of ?alifornia. This section of the hike is above 2,000 meters high, with crisp air and an abundance of streams and lakes.
Considering the altitude, the weather can change quickly and the temperature may rise and fall along with it, so while you’re enjoying the view make sure to come prepared.
Yosemite National Park
Located in Mariposa County, Yosemite is a stunning national park known for its waterfalls, vistas, valleys, and sequoias. The rich and fascinating history and the abundance of restaurants and lodging areas make entertainment a breeze.
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Home to multiple volcanoes, grand mountains, and rolling meadows, Lassen Volcanic National Park is a unique spot that has a bit of everything.
Here you will find four different types of volcanoes, including plug dome, composite, cinder cone, and shield. You’ll also get a close look at the hot volcanic steam peaking through. But don’t worry, you can cool off in the plentitude of clear lakes whenever you need to.
Known across the world, Mount Shasta sits at 4,322 meters and always takes the attention of hikers passing by. You can even catch your first glimpse of the mountain from 500 miles away.
This majestic volcano helps bring fresh water to the rivers, streams, and lakes in the surrounding area. In the winter, the mountain is capped with snow and makes an excellent spot for winter sport and adventure lovers.
Nestled within southern Oregon, Crater Lake offers a magnificent view for hikers. Formed nearly 7,700 years ago due to a volcanic eruption, it is known today as the deepest lake in the United States and an awe-inspiring view for artists and hikers alike.
Located an hour and a half just outside of Portland, Oregon, Mount Hood is an excellent spot for camping, fishing, and even skiing. Whether you’re a hiker passing through or looking to be cozy near a fire in a resort, this area is perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy the beauty of nature.
Columbia River Gorge
As travelers move between Washington and Oregon, they will move across the Columbia River Gorge and the Bridge of the Gods. This river canyon is 80 miles long and 4,000 feet deep and surrounded by breathtaking mountains.
Each hiker will get a magical sense of wonder as they step from one state to another in an unforgettable way.
Mount Rainier sits at 14,410 feet and is an unmissable part of the northwestern Cascade Range. This active volcano is surrounded by meadows filled with wildflowers and luscious forests and rivers. You can also find an abundance of diversity of wildlife to observe as you’re passing through.
This active volcano sometimes known as Koma Kulshan, is 10,781 feet high and located in the North Cascades of Washington. It also is home to one of the most thermally active craters, meaning you may even get a view of natural steam erosions as you pass by.
North Cascades National Park
Only a few hours from Seattle, Washington, the North Cascades National Park is covered in mountain peaks, alpine forests, and hundreds of glaciers. This spot is perfect for outdoor activities like hiking, biking, camping, and of course sightseeing.