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Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Pacific Crest Trail"
Includes ... Pacific Crest Trail ... Bridge of the Gods ... Mount Hood ... Barlow Pass ...
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Pacific Crest Trail, heading north, from Washington State Highway 14. Image taken May 20, 2011.


Pacific Crest Trail ...
The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650-mile national scenic trail that runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington. It crosses the Columbia River at Columbia River Mile (RM) 148, via the Bridge of the Gods. The trail is restriced to human and horse traffic only.

According to the U.S. Forest Service website (2017):

"The PCT is one of the original National Scenic Trails established by Congress in the 1968 National Trails System Act. It is administered by the US Forest Service. The Forest Service partners with the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, California State Parks, and the Pacific Crest Trail Association to provide effective management and protection of the trail."

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Pacific Crest Trail, heading north, toll booth at southern end of Bridge of the Gods. Image taken May 20, 2011.


"Fun facts" from the Pacific Crest Trail Association ...
The Pacific Crest Trail Association's Website (2009) lists a few "fun facts" about the Pacific Crest Trail.
  • The trail passes through 3 states - California, Oregon, and Washington.
  • The trail climbs nearly 60 major mountain passes and descends into 19 major canyons.
  • The trail passes more than 1,000 lakes and tarns.
  • The trail winds through 3 national monuments, 7 national parks, 24 national forests, and 33 federal wildernesses.
  • The trail continues for 9 miles into Canada, ending in Manning Provincial Park, British Columbia.
  • The trail crosses the San Andreas Fault 3 times.
  • More folks have climbed Mount Everest than have hiked the entire length of the Pacific Crest Trail.

Washington and Oregon ...
The Pacific Crest Trail goes north/south through Washington and Oregon and presents spectacular views of the Cascade Range Volcanoes.

The Oregon section of the Pacific Crest Trail presents spectacular views of many Cascade Range Volcanoes, with the highlight being traversing the base of Mount Hood.

"From near Siskiyou Summit (elev. 4,310?) in southern Oregon to the Washington border, this section is both the shortest and the easiest to hike or ride. Oregonís Cascade Range is a subdued volcanic landscape, with a gentle crest that is fairly constant in elevation. The highest point in Oregon is an unnamed saddle (elev. 7,560?) north of Mount Thielsen. Other volcanoes, including Mount McLoughlin, Mount Mazama (Crater Lake), Diamond Peak, the Three Sisters, Mount Washington, Three Fingered Jack, Mount Jefferson and Mount Hood, punctuate the skyline. The only major elevation change in Oregon is the 3,160 foot drop into the Columbia River Gorge crossing Interstate 84 and the Columbia River on the Bridge of the Gods (elev. 180?). [Pacific Crest Trail Association website, 2017]

The Washington section of the trail passes the spectacular volcanic peaks of Mount Adams, Mount Rainier, and further north, Glacier Peak.

"This section begins at the Bridge of the Gods (elev. 180?), on the Columbia River and ends at Monument 78 on the Canadian border (elev. 4,240?). An additional seven miles were added beyond the border by the Canadian government to provide access to Highway 3 in British Columbiaís Manning Provincial Park (elev. 3,800?)." [Pacific Crest Trail Association website, 2017]


Pacific Crest Trail

  • Washington Border ...
  • Bridge of the Gods ...
  • Mount Hood ...
  • Barlow Pass ...


Washington Border ...

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Pacific Crest Trail, heading north, from Washington State Highway 14. Image taken May 20, 2011.


Bridge of the Gods ...

Image, 2011, Pacific Crest Trail, click to enlarge
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Pacific Crest Trail, heading north, toll booth at southern end of Bridge of the Gods. Image taken May 20, 2011.
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Sign, Pacific Crest Trail, heading north, at toll booth at southern end of Bridge of the Gods. Image taken May 20, 2011.
Image, 2006, Crossing the Bridge of the Gods, click to enlarge
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Pacific Crest Trail, heading north, over the Bridge of the Gods. Image taken April 22, 2006.
Image, 2004, Bridge of the Gods, click to enlarge
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Bridge of the Gods, Cascade Locks. From the Oregon side, looking across the Columbia River at the toe of the Table Mountain Landslide. Image taken October 27, 2004.
Image, 2015, Crossing Bridge of the Gods, click to enlarge
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Welcome to Stevenson sign, crossing Bridge of the Gods, Washington side. Image taken March 30, 2015.


Mount Hood ...
(to come)

Image, 2009, Pacific Crest Trail, click to enlarge
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Pacific Crest Trail, heading north, Mount Hood, Oregon. Image taken August 16, 2009.
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Sign, Pacific Crest Trail, heading north, Mount Hood, Oregon. Image taken August 16, 2009.
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Sign, Pacific Crest Trail, heading north, Mount Hood, Oregon. Image taken August 16, 2009.
Image, 2010, Pacific Crest Trail, click to enlarge
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On the Pacific Crest Trail, Mount Hood, Oregon. Image taken July 17, 2010.


Barlow Pass ...
(to come)

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Sign, Pacific Crest Trail, Barlow Pass, Mount Hood, Oregon. Image taken August 14, 2012.
Image, 2013, Barlow Road and Pacific Crest Trail, click to enlarge
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Barlow Road Trail heading south, approaching the Pacific Crest Trail, Barlow Pass, Mount Hood, Oregon. Image taken October 22, 2013.
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Pacific Crest Trail at the Barlow Road Trail junction, Barlow Pass, Mount Hood, Oregon. Image taken October 22, 2013.


From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, ...
 




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*River Miles [RM] are approximate, in statute miles, and were determined from USGS topo maps, obtained from NOAA nautical charts, or obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website, 2003

Sources:    Pacific Crest Trail Association website, 2009;    U.S. Forest Service website, Pacific Crest Trail, 2017;   

All Lewis and Clark quotations from Gary Moulton editions of the Lewis and Clark Journals, University of Nebraska Press, all attempts have been made to type the quotations exactly as in the Moulton editions, however typing errors introduced by this web author cannot be ruled out; location interpretation from variety of sources, including this website author.
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