Go Deeper Into The Backcountry
National Geographic Trails Illustrated Maps
The Oregon North Topographic Map Guide follows the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) as it passes through a land of contrasts. After crossing the Columbia River, the trail quickly climbs out of the Columbia River Gorge and settles into a pattern of skirting the enormous cone-shaped stratovolcanoes of the central Cascades. Some, like Mount Hood, are glacier-covered, others like Three Fingered Jack, have craggy tops carved by now melted glaciers. This section of the PCT primarily traverses remote forests with much of the travel in wilderness areas. Highlights of this section include the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and the Mark O. Hatfield, Mount Hood, Mount Jefferson, Mount Washington, and Three Sisters wilderness areas. The PCT spans 2,650 miles from the Canadian border, through Washington, Oregon, and California to the southern terminus on the Mexican border. The famous trail crosses some of the most wild and scenic landscapes of the western U.S., including six national parks, 25 national forests, 48 wilderness areas, the volcanic Cascade Range of the Pacific Northwest, the snowcapped Sierra Nevada, and the Mojave and Sonoran deserts.