The southern california section ends where the trail crosses highway 178 at walker pass elev 5246 the mountains of this section are bounded by faults that have been active in recent geologic time animals in this section include lizards rodents snakes coyotes and cougars hummingbirds can be seen darting about gathering nectar. Day and section hiking central california the pacific crest trail through the famed sierra nevada is one of the premier trail experiences in the world this is mostly the case in southern california and pockets of far northern california and central oregon. There arent many paths that stoke dreams like the pacific crest trail on its more than 2600 mile journey from mexico to canada the pct crosses some of the wests most gorgeous landscapes from the parched deserts of southern california to the rain and snow drenched peaks of the north cascades. The pacific crest trail officially designated as the pacific crest national scenic trail pct is a long distance hiking and equestrian trail closely aligned with the highest portion of the sierra nevada and cascade mountain ranges which lie 100 to 150 miles 160 to 240 km east of the us pacific coast the trails southern terminus is on the us border with mexico just south of campo . Hiking the pacific crest trail southern california is written by shawnte salabert a a freelance writer with a taste for wild spaces her work has appeared in backpacker alpinist outside online adventure journal modern hiker rei co op journal land people and other outlets
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