Pacific Crest Trail (Section #42)

Acton to Agua Dulce
Located 13.1 miles from Santa Clarita, California (CA)
4 Stars
21,628 Steps 1  (10.1 mi)
Pacific Crest Trail: [ #001 - #257 ]


The Pacific Crest Trail (Section #42) has a maximum elevation of 5,580 ft (1,701 m), a minimum elevation of 2,322 ft (708 m), and an elevation range of 3,258 ft (993 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
21,62810.1 mi2,322 ft5,580 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
3.6 hrs10.8130 ft3,260 ft
[ B to A ]
4.2 hrs271.73,260 ft130 ft

What is the length of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #42?

The length of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #42 is 10.1 mi (16.2 km) or 21,628 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Pacific Crest Trail Section #42?

A person in good physical health can hike the Pacific Crest Trail Section #42 in 3.6 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 4.2 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Pacific Crest Trail Section #42 while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.

Topo Maps

Download the free Acton to Agua Dulce topo map and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) topographic maps. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Sleepy Valley, CA
  2. North Topo Map: Ritter Ridge, CA
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Palmdale, CA
  4. West Topo Map: Agua Dulce, CA
  5. Topo Map: Acton, CA
  6. East Topo Map: Pacifico Mountain, CA
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Sunland, CA
  8. South Topo Map: Condor Peak, CA
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Chilao Flat, CA

Is there a Pacific Crest Trail map for Section #42?

Yes, and they're free! The Pacific Crest Trail Section #42 is located on the Acton and Agua Dulce topo maps. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the maps.

KML Custom Maps

PCT042T.kmz is a free KML custom map of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #42 that you can download and view in Google Maps®, Google Earth® and Garmin® handheld GPS devices including the eTrex®, Colorado and Montana series.


  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.