Pacific Crest Trail Hiking
Primary Activities: Backpacking, camping, wilderness living skills
Nights:11 wilderness, 2 Camp Augusta
Have you ever dreamt of going on an epic journey? Great adventure holds more than we can imagine, and through challenge and adversity we learn more about ourselves than we can in class or using a computer. If you are ready to undertake a beautiful journey through the Sierra Nevada come along on our Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) hike and each footstep will land on new ground as we hike south through the Desolation Wilderness, skirting around towering Sierra peaks and camping near magical alpine lakes.
On the trail we will be fueled by nutritious natural & organic food; solid breakfasts, lots of snacks, tasty lunches, and hot suppers as delicious as any you might have from the kitchens of Camp Augusta (if you are new to camp, know that we have great food!) As we hike through wilderness areas we won’t see any sign of humans, except our lone trail and other hikers. We might even encounter a legendary through-hiker: brave souls who spend many months hiking the PCT from Mexico to Canada.
Our Journey begins when we are dropped off at Barker Pass and hike south, easing our legs into the journey and camping after just a few miles of hiking. The next day we pass Lost Corner Mountain as we enter into the Desolation Wilderness. We might have time to scramble up Phipps Peak before camping at Velma Lake. From there we continue on through rugged country and approach elevations of 10,000 feet as we cross a majestic pass overlooking Half Moon Lake. We might camp on the shore of Gilmore Lake, nested in the arms of the mountains. The next morning we will pass hanging lakes, granite cliffs, and the hundreds of little islands decorating the surface of magical Lake Aloha. The final day takes us to Echo Lake where we will have hiked 30 miles and been on the trail for 5 days. A counselor from Camp Augusta will be waiting for us, ready to take us back to camp for the closing campfire and a chance to tell stories from our travels.
Experience: Adventure – This is an advanced trip for folks who have done a Classic or Explore trip, or have other backpacking experience. If you have spent time in the wilderness and want more, this can be a great trip for you!
Endurance: 2 - We will be doing a lot of hiking with significant elevation gain and loss. At the start of the journey our packs will be heavy with food and we won’t be used to being active at 7000 feet. This rugged journey will make us stronger and if you haven’t back packed before you may want to look at our Sierra Nevada Alpine or Lassen National Park, trips for an enjoyable adventure.
Recommended Age: 15 - 17*
*Age ranges can be flexible depending on experience and development