Here is the secret to getting big easy miles when hiking the desert section of the Pacific Crest Trail( PCT). It’s amazing as you can get a 30 mile day in and still spend most of the day laying in the shade. Your pack will be light because after about 6:30 at night you don’t need much water. Your feet will feel great because they get a 5-6 hour rest in the middle of the day.
- Start hiking at 4-5am and hike until about 10-11am taking breaks as needed. Get your first 15 miles in.
- Find some shade and sleep. Be sure to sleep with your feet elevated.
- Get hiking by 4:00-5pm walk until 10-11pm. Get your next 15 miles in and then call it a night.
It you only want to do 20 mile days, well then, it will be really easy.
If you hike when it’s hot, you are going to need a ton of water and the trail will be brutal. If you hike when it is cool, it will be easy and you won’t need to carry much water.
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