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    Pacific Crest Trail from Panther Creek

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    10.8 km
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    489 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    This route guide takes you from Panther Creek Campground to the Pacific Crest Trail, offering an easy connector for those venturing further on the PCT. It can make for a decent day hike too, with a moss-covered forest serving as your setting. This trail is moderately difficult and not very well marked, so a downloaded GPS track is recommended.

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    Route Description for Pacific Crest Trail from Panther Creek

    This trail connects Panther Creek Campground and the Pacific Crest Trail, making it mostly used by day hikers at the campground and thru-hikers reconnecting with the PCT. The trail features a scenic mossy forest and a solid set of switchback turns.

    The trailhead for this connector isn’t very obvious and it’s not marked, so we recommend downloading your GPS track ahead of time to mitigate any challenges with navigation.

    The trail begins from the west side of the campground. Head across Panther Creek and hop right into the nine wide switchback turns that take you through the bull of the elevation gain. Enjoy the mossy forest as you climb, eventually traversing a ridge to a three-way junction. This is where the trail ends, so either retrace your steps or keep going to wherever you’re headed.

    Getting to the Pacific Crest Trail from Panther Creek Trailhead

    The trailhead for the PCT connector from Panther Creek is in Panther Creek Campground.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      Panther Creek Campground

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    • Pets allowed


    • Family friendly


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    • Route Type

      Out and back

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