20 Amazing Pacific Crest Trail Photos to Help You Get Through the Week

When it comes to our National Scenic Trails, the PCT undeniably lives up to this bland, yet telling title.  We asked you to help us prove it by submitting your favorite photos of the PCT for everyone to enjoy.  Here is the first installment.  Take a moment to soak it in.  Reminisce and dream about a past journey or a future adventure on the crest of the West.

Have a favorite PCT photo you want to share? Submit it here.

This photo was taken a few miles before Scissors Crossing. It was cool to see the storm clouds rolling in and slowly changing the color of the sky.

Courtney Kitzhoffer

Wanda Lake

Josue Sandoval

Josue Sandoval

Somewhere in Southern California.

Thomas Paschen

Thomas Paschen

Glacier Peak Boundary

Tyler Farr

Just north of Rock Pass in Washington, about 14 trail miles south of the Canadian border. My last morning on trail, and my favorite photo with the actual trail in the foreground.

Tyler Musty

In Evolution Valley on the JMT. Mosquitoes were brutal, but the scenery was magnificent.

– Jett Russell

Layered mountains in Washington. The evening was incredibly peaceful. I remember the birds with their prolonged tweets. It was truly epic while gazing into the distance after a really hard day of climbing.

Jett Russell

Mount Jefferson. I woke up early to the sound of coyotes in the distance and the first bit of sunshine after two rainy, windy days. The diorama of colors and sunshine in Jefferson Park brought tears to my eyes!

Chad Lubinski

Sandy River Crossing. Moments before this picture was captured, I brazenly stumbled across the log crossing at the Sandy and promptly fell in. Regardless, the low clouds lingering in the canyon above the rushing, glacier-fed water was a stunning dichotomy.

Chad Lubinski

Colors of the desert


Taken in the Sierra Nevada

Kristin Garrido


Kristin Garrido

This photo was taken between Campo and Mount Laguna, before flying back home to Canada because of COVID.

Kate Payette

Shot between Campo and Mount Laguna, before COVID ended my thru-hike.

Kate Payette

Lewis Bailey

Lewis Bailey

A hiker crosses Bighorn Plateau with Mount Whitney and Mount Muir in the background.

Owen Eigenbrot


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