[pct-l] Best 400 Mile Section for a Beginner

Jim & Jane Moody moodyjj at comcast.net
Wed Dec 3 19:16:22 CST 2014

Oregon would be a good 400 mi section - some neat views, much variety, no really steep terrain or dangerous stream crossings. The greatest threat might be wild fires in July & August. Keep a close eye (and ears) on fire situation and you'll be fine. 


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From: "Andrew Gerdes" <andgerdes at hotmail.com> 
To: pct-l at backcountry.net 
Sent: Sunday, November 30, 2014 8:38:23 PM 
Subject: [pct-l] Best 400 Mile Section for a Beginner 

Hi All, 

I have been reading the list now for a year or so and am planning my first hike along the PCT this summer. I wanted to gather some opinions on which section may be best to start with. I have from about mid July to mid August to complete my hike. My original plan was to cover most of Oregon by flying into Medford/Ashland and hiking from there to the Bridge of the Gods. From there it would be an easy jog to Portland where I could spend a couple days and fly back to the East coast. I would love to hear other options/opinions you all may have or if you think that is a good way to start. From my research the biggest obstacle in Oregon around that time may be Mosquitos? I have been slowly gathering my gear, researching, and looking forward to getting out there! Thanks all! 

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