11 Best Books About The Pacific Crest Trail Update 05/2022

Books About The Pacific Crest Trail

Preparing for a future thru-hike or just dreaming about someday crossing off the Pacific Crest Trail from your bucket list? We’ve found 11 books about the Pacific Crest Trail that we think you should add to your reading list. There are a lot of people who go hiking on the PCT every year. It runs 2650 miles from Mexico to Canada. The books about the Pacific Crest Trail that aren’t as well known as Wild by Cheryl Strayed will be right up your alley. Choose a few or read them all. Then, at least go for a day hike on the PCT this summer or start planning your next thru-hike!

Girl in the Woods: A Memoir

Girl in the Woods A Memoir

Girl in the Woods is based on the true story of Aspen Matis, who lived in the woods. In 2008, Aspen was about to start her freshman year of college when she was raped by someone else. Her family and school weren’t giving her the help she needed, which isn’t very unusual. That’s when she decided to go on a PCT thru-hike, which is when she decided to do it. To not run away from her problems, but to find the freedom and strength inside of herself. It was on the trail that Aspen learned to be herself, to heal, and even to fall in love. She walked 30 miles a day for 5 months. A Copy

Dances With Marmots – A Pacific Crest Trail Adventure

With George Spearing, the book Dances with Marmots shows a PCT thru-hike from his point of view. George took five months off from his job as a firefighter to go hiking and backpacking from Mexico to Canada. Even though he had never done any hiking or backpacking before, he did it anyway. As one reviewer said, “you won’t be sorry if you read this book.” A Copy

A Blistered Kind of Love: One Couple’s Trial by Trail

It’s two different perspectives on the Pacific Crest Trail in one book. This way, the reader gets a unique look at how a PCT thru-hike is seen by a husband and wife. They write chapters together, so the reader can see the PCT through the eyes of a husband and wife. The Ballards give useful advice on how to plan a thru-hike before you start. They recommend gear, food, and a reading list of books that can help you plan. If you and your partner want to go on a trip on the Pacific Crest Trail, this book is a must-read. A Copy

The Pacific Crest Trail

The Pacific Crest Trail is the best book on hiking the PCT from start to finish. Even though it was written before you were born and the trail has changed since 1984, many people still think it’s a good book for people who want to become thru-hikers. Even better, used copies can be bought for just $2. A Copy

The Pacific Crest Trail: Exploring America’s Wilderness Trail

The Pacific Crest Trail Exploring America's Wilderness Trail

The Pacific Crest Trail: Exploring America’s Wilderness Trail isn’t a memoir or personal account like the other books on this list. It’s a coffee table book written with the Pacific Crest Trail Association. People who love the outdoors would love to get this book. It has beautiful pictures of the trail and even a fold-out map of it. There is also a lot of information for people who just want to go for a day hike. A Copy

Halfway Home: The Story of a Father and Son Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

They go on a PCT hike with their father and son. Halfway Home is about their trip. In this book, you can find out how to hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail with your son or daughter. If you want to do it with your kids, this book is for you. It also gives a lot of advice on how to make your Pacific Crest thru-hike go well. A Copy

Skywalker: Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail

Besides the PCT, the author of Skywalker has written a lot of books about how he hiked the Appalachian Trail and the Camino De Santiago, too. When he hikes, he meets a lot of interesting people. One person’s trail name and how he made a mistake on the trail are all told in this book. A Copy

Journey On the Crest: Walking 2600 Miles from Mexico to Canada

You should watch Journey on the Crest, too. It’s another great movie from the 1980s. The author starts her Pacific Crest Trail hike with the knowledge that she has already walked the Appalachian Trail. There are a lot of unique things the PCT can throw at her. Both thru-hikers and people who want to be thru-hikers like Cindy’s account of her time on the PCT. It’s a good book to read. A Copy

Mile 445: Hitched in Her Hiking Boots

Mile 445 Hitched in Her Hiking Boots

A handsome hiker with the trail name “Big Spoon” comes across Claire’s path soon after she starts her thru-hike. Mile 445 and 30 days into the hike is when they say “I do.” It’s love at first sight, and they say “I do.” A Copy

Thru-Hiking Will Break Your Heart: An Adventure on the Pacific Crest Trail

In Thru-Hiking Will Break Your Heart, Carrot Quinn, who has been thru-hiking for a long time, talks about how heartbreaking it can be. You can go to her blog after you finish the book for more tips and information that can help you plan your thru-hike. Her writing is unique and fun. A Copy

Hikertrash: Life on the Pacific Crest Trail

The last thing on our list. It’s another book about a couple who hike the PCT. Erin and her husband, Carl, sold their house and started a new life of adventure. First, they traveled around the world, and then they decided to go through the Pacific Crest Trail, which is a long way. Leaving no trace, their gear list, trail recipes, and detailed maps are all in the book.

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