Pacific Crest Trail | Desert Hiking Tips, Skills, Advice & Hacks


The first 700 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) go through the desert environment of Southern California. This hot, dry, and challenging section can be a difficult start to the trail for hikers unaccustomed to desert hiking.

I go over some tips and tricks I learned during my 2017 thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. Use these hacks to improve your skills and hopefully you will really come to enjoy desert hiking.

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5 comments

  • Great info and very practical and doable. Thanks

  • Great tips I will definitely put them to use I’m going to be hiking the Pacific crest Trail starting March 30 and love if you follow my journey. I subscribed to your channel I was hoping maybe you would subscribe to mine

  • Thanks for doing this, very helpful. I am starting my AZT thru hike in 12 days. I have shared it with the AZT 2018 class. This information is very timely since most people are starting their thru hike now thru mid March.

    My plan was to start hiking around an hour before sunrise. Then take a few hours break in the middle of the day. Then hike to a hour before sunset.

    I have my own channel if you would like to view it. I did the AT and Long Trail last year. Doing the AZT and CT this year. Maybe the PCT in 2019.

  • What did you say you do with toilet paper? I didn't catch that. Great video.

  • Very, very good! Do more instructional videos! You are helping folks. "He who knows naught, knows not that he knows naught"

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