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Pacific Crest Trail Award
Pacific Crest Trail Awards
Contact your local Council High Adventure Team Coordinator for the latest awards available
Officially designated as the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, this long-distance hiking and equestrian trail closely aligned with the highest portion of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges east of the U.S. Pacific coast. The trail stretches over 2600 miles from Mexico to Canada, passing through the states of California, Oregon and Washington. Elevation change ranges from just above sea level at the Oregon-Washington border to 13,153 feet at Forester Pass in the Sierra Nevada. The route passes through 25 national forests and 7 national parks. Its midpoint is in Chester, California (near Mt. Lassen), where the Sierra and Cascade mountain ranges meet.
It was designated a National Scenic Trail in 1968, although it was not officially completed until 1993. The PCT was conceived by Clinton C. Clarke in 1932. It received official status under the National Trails System Act of 1968.
PCT Major Landmarks
PCT Backpacking Award Requirements
Each Participant must:
Trek Detour #1
BSA 50 Miler Award
Most historic trail routes also provide an opportunity to earn this coveted high adventure award. This journey can be done hiking or kayaking must cover 50 miles in 5 consecutive days.
Trek Detour #2
Trail Service Project
Currently a popular Eagle Service Project is the construction of a trailhead information kiosk. Park rangers love this type of project as they need a station to properly inform trail visitors as to trail conditions, publish park/trail rules & policies. A kiosk is needed at nearly every trail entry point.
Click Here to learn about BSA's new Hands Free Heimlich Manuevur!
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