Pacific Crest Trail (Section #257)

Castle Peak
Located 45.6 miles from Winthrop, Washington (WA)
4 Stars
10,138 Steps 1  (4.8 mi)
Pacific Crest Trail: [ #001 - #257 ]


The Pacific Crest Trail (Section #257) has a maximum elevation of 5,909 ft (1,801 m), a minimum elevation of 4,433 ft (1,351 m), and an elevation range of 1,476 ft (450 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
10,1384.8 mi4,433 ft5,909 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
1.6 hrs0.00 ft1,476 ft
[ B to A ]
1.7 hrs123.01,476 ft0 ft

What is the length of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #257?

The length of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #257 is 4.8 mi (7.7 km) or 10,138 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Pacific Crest Trail Section #257?

A person in good physical health can hike the Pacific Crest Trail Section #257 in 1.6 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 1.7 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Pacific Crest Trail Section #257 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 Castle Peak 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: Skagit Peak OE N, WA
  2. North Topo Map: Castle Peak OE N, WA
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Frosty Creek OE N, WA
  4. West Topo Map: Skagit Peak, WA
  5. Topo Map: Castle Peak, WA
  6. East Topo Map: Frosty Creek, WA
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Jack Mountain, WA
  8. South Topo Map: Shull Mountain, WA
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Pasayten Peak, WA

Is there a Pacific Crest Trail map for Section #257?

Yes, and it's free! The Pacific Crest Trail Section #257 is located on the Castle Peak topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.

KML Custom Maps

PCT257T.kmz is a free KML custom map of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #257 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.