1. you must prepare the appropriate gear for six different ecozones (forests, deserts, etc.);
2. the elevation ranges from just above sea level to 13,153 ft, i.e. mountains are common;
3. and it takes a long time to finish—at 2,654 miles, the PCT is one of the longest American trails, even longer than the renowned Appalachian Trail.
Of course, these extremes are also what makes the PCT so beautiful and worth hiking. The following photos of amazing vistas and scenic views can make you want to stop everything, fly to California, and spend five months thru-hiking the PCT like a wilderness junkie.