Pacific Crest Trail - Near Eugene

The movie release of "Wild" starring Reese Witherspoon has cast a Hollywood spotlight on the 2,650 miles (4,265 km) Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT). This rugged trek traverses the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges connecting Mexico to Canada.

Whether you are inspired to thru-hike or dabble in sections, the Oregon region offers some of the most scenic portions of the trail. And though remote, it is easy to get a foot on the trail at three convenient trailheads just over an hour from Eugene.

Diamond Peak Wilderness by Bri Matthews


The Pacific Crest Trail runs east of Eugene along the border between Lane and Deschutes counties. It is a gorgeous stretch of moderate terrain featuring lush forest, open meadows, lava fields, snow-capped mountains and many lakes.

The trail meanders two designated Wilderness areas and skirts a third. Short sections can be undertaken in one to three days.


Use the Adventure Checklist to begin planning for day trips and overnights along the PCT. 


Hikers on the trail are expected to tread lightly, preserving the natural wilderness for all to enjoy. Please remember to follow Leave No Trace's seven principles

  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors

Please Stay on Trail sign by Stephen Hoshaw

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