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The Westernmost trail in the infamous “Triple Crown” of hiking, the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) stretches from the US-Mexico border to the US-Canada border, running through California, Oregon and Washington. According to the 2013 statistics from the Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA) only 26% of hikers surveyed reported completing the trail. 

We've written extensively about the experiences of our pros and friends over the years, which is why we selected the southwest series as the recommended pack for this trail. If you are still researching and planning a trip, check out these posts we've found helpful:

From the AT to the PCT: Shifting Gear

Nine Tips for Success on the Pacific Crest Trail

A Hiker's Return to the PCT

The Mechanics and Advantage of a Long Walk: IBTAT Heads to the Pacific Crest Trail 


Choosing The Right Pack

Constructed with 100% waterproof Dyneema® Composite Fabrics, our ultralight Southwest packs are designed for function, durability, and efficiency – simple as that. Precisely what’s needed. And nothing more. The added abrasion protection of the Southwest’s Hardline pockets makes hiking through slot canyons or bouldering a snap. Also consider the length of your trips or how much you want to carry to pick your volume. Use the guide on our product page to select the right pack size. Go outside, venture forward, and have awesome experiences!