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Pacific Crest Trail: Shasta and Lassen [Castle Crags to Sierra Buttes]


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The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) mapped in the Shasta and Lassen Topographic Map Guide travels through lush forests growing in volcanic soil as the trail leaves the southern Cascade Range and enters the Sierra Nevada. Northern California's hiking season typically lasts from May to early November. Snow can remain at higher elevations until early to mid-June. The peak summer months can bring dangerous heat and infrequent sources of water; notably the infamous dry section of Hat Creek Rim. Highlights of this section include the Bucks Lake and Crags wilderness areas, McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial and Castle Crags state parks, and Lassen Volcanic National Park.

The PCT spans 2,650 miles from the Canadian border, through Washington, Oregon, and California to the southern terminus at 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.

Each PCT Topographic Map Guide includes detailed topographic maps at a scale of almost 1 inch = 1 mile. Each page is centered on the PCT and overlaps with the adjacent pages so there is little chance of getting lost.