I asked my library to purchase this new PCT hiking guide I wanted to check out: “The Pacific Crest Trail–from Mexico to Canada on foot” by Brian Johnson aka Ancient Brit. He’s hiked the PCT 3 times.
It’s a small book of 350 glossy pages wrapped in a sturdy vinyl cover measuring 7″ x 4 1/2″ , weighing less than a pound, and costing less than 20 bucks. I think it’s just what was needed.
The first 90 pages covers prep, equipment, planning, what the hiking is like, resupplying, permits, getting to trail, everything. The next 229 pages are maps, data, resupply info, trail angel info, water caches, alternate routes, elevation profiles, town info, birds and plants you are likely to see, interesting facts about the sites you pass, inspiring quotes, this book has it all. The final 20 pages are appendixes covering useful websites, books written by PCT hikers, sample hiking schedules and more.
The maps aren’t topo maps and they wouldn’t help much if you got off trail, but here’s the thing: the book cost 18.95 16.47 from Amazon and covers the whole trail.