2650 miles, or 4265 kilometres.
That’s the length of the Pacific Crest Trail. It’s a long hike from Campo, CA. on the Mexican border, to Manning Park, B.C. Here are a few more numbers that might give a better idea about what that distance means.
On April 24 I’ll be heading to Toronto for my flight to San Diego. The airport is 107km away from my home in Elmira. I could walk to Pearson Int’l, from here, to catch that flight and also walk back home and there again 19 more times.
The distance from Toronto to San Diego, California is 3487km and the flight time will be approximately 6 hours. Hiking the PCT back north to Canada will add an extra 778km and 4+ months of time, – and I’ll still be out in B.C.
For fun, I did a quick internet search and found that Reykjavik, Iceland (4205km) is pretty close to the trail’s length away from Toronto. Inuvik in the N.W.T. (4140km) was a close point within Canada. Vancouver is 3363km away and St. John’s Nfld. (2110km) is just about at the halfway point. *straight line distances*
Using the average length of a walking stride, for a 5’9″ male, it will take around 5.42 million steps to cover the distance of the trail.
Those numbers are all about horizontal distance. The difference in elevation to overcome, between the southern U.S. border and Canada, is just 307 meters. However, the total vertical gain for the trail is 149.2 kilometres, and the total descent comes to 148.9 kilometres. For reference, Mt. Everest is 8.85km above sea level, and the International Space Station is orbiting the earth at around 408km.
It’s interesting to take a look at these figures, but that’s not what this hike is really about. There will be numerous people out there to meet and share the adventure with, and there’s no way to assign a value to the experiences I’ll have and the memories to be made.
Thanks for coming along,