Pacific Crest Trail (Section #123)

Bucks Lake
Located 23.0 miles from Chester, California (CA)
4 Stars
21,291 Steps 1  (10.0 mi)
Pacific Crest Trail: [ #001 - #257 ]


The Pacific Crest Trail (Section #123) has a maximum elevation of 7,002 ft (2,134 m), a minimum elevation of 6,173 ft (1,882 m), and an elevation range of 829 ft (253 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
21,29110.0 mi6,173 ft7,002 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
3.5 hrs69.0828 ft766 ft
[ B to A ]
3.5 hrs63.8766 ft828 ft

What is the length of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #123?

The length of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #123 is 10.0 mi (16.1 km) or 21,291 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Pacific Crest Trail Section #123?

A person in good physical health can hike the Pacific Crest Trail Section #123 in 3.5 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 3.5 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Pacific Crest Trail Section #123 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 Bucks Lake 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: Belden, CA
  2. North Topo Map: Caribou, CA
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Twain, CA
  4. West Topo Map: Storrie, CA
  5. Topo Map: Bucks Lake, CA
  6. East Topo Map: Meadow Valley, CA
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Soapstone Hill, CA
  8. South Topo Map: Haskins Valley, CA
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Dogwood Peak, CA

Is there a Pacific Crest Trail map for Section #123?

Yes, and it's free! The Pacific Crest Trail Section #123 is located on the Bucks Lake topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.

KML Custom Maps

PCT123T.kmz is a free KML custom map of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #123 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.