Pacific Crest Trail Section #242

Located 28.1 miles from Gold Bar, Washington (WA)

4 Stars
21,304 Steps 1  (10.0 mi)
Pacific Crest Trail: [ #001 - #257 ]

The Pacific Crest Trail (Section #242) has a maximum elevation of 5,684 ft (1,732 m), a minimum elevation of 4,175 ft (1,272 m), and an elevation gain of 25,333 ft (7,721 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Pacific Crest Trail Section #242 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.


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
21,30410.0 mi4,175 ft5,684 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
3.5 hrs0.225,333 ft24,997 ft
[ B to A ]
3.5 hrs0.124,997 ft25,333 ft

What is the length of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #242?

The length of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #242 is 10.0 mi (16.2 km) or 21,304 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Pacific Crest Trail Section #242?

A person in good physical health can hike the Pacific Crest Trail Section #242 in 3.5 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 3.5 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.

Benchmark Mountain to Poe Mountain Topo Maps

Download free Benchmark Mountain to Poe Mountain topo maps 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: Sloan Peak, WA
  2. North Topo Map: Glacier Peak West, WA
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Glacier Peak East, WA
  4. West Topo Map: Blanca Lake, WA
  5. Topo Map: Benchmark Mountain, WA
  6. East Topo Map: Poe Mountain, WA
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Evergreen Mountain, WA
  8. South Topo Map: Captain Point, WA
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Labyrinth Mountain, WA

Is there a Pacific Crest Trail map for Section #242?

Yes, and they're free! The Pacific Crest Trail Section #242 is located on the Benchmark Mountain and Poe Mountain topo maps. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the maps.

KML Custom Maps

PCT242T.kmz is a free KML custom map of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #242 that you can download and view in Google Maps®, Google Earth® and Garmin® handheld GPS devices including the eTrex®, Colorado and Montana series.

Local Weather Forecast

Check the weather forecast; this weather forecast covers the Pacific Crest Trail Section #242, provided by the National Weather Service. (


  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 sum of distance on the trail where angles to the horizontal is between 30 and 50 degrees (the angle of a stairway) divided by ten, 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.

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