Crater Lake West to Pumice Desert East
Pacific Crest Trail Section #178

Located 33.3 miles from Chiloquin, Oregon

4 Stars
21,249 Steps 1  (10.0 mi)

The Pacific Crest Trail (Section #178) has a maximum elevation of 7,738 ft (2,359 m), a minimum elevation of 6,002 ft (1,829 m), and an elevation gain of 18,578 ft (5,663 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Pacific Crest Trail Section #178 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.


We survey thousands of miles of trails each year. The following metrics are based on the most accurate trail data; no crowdsourced data.

[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
21,24910.0 mi6,002 ft7,738 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
3.4 hrs0.318,578 ft34,248 ft
[ B to A ]
3.6 hrs0.734,248 ft18,578 ft

What is the length of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #178?

The length of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #178 is 10.0 mi (16.1 km) or 21,249 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Pacific Crest Trail Section #178?

A person in good physical health can hike the Pacific Crest Trail Section #178 in 3.4 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 3.6 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.

Crater Lake West to Pumice Desert East Topo Maps

Download free Crater Lake West to Pumice Desert East topo maps and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) topographic maps.

Adjoining 7.5 Minute Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Hamaker Butte, OR
  2. North Topo Map: Pumice Desert West, OR
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Pumice Desert East, OR
  4. West Topo Map: Thousand Springs, OR
  5. Topo Map: Crater Lake West, OR
  6. East Topo Map: Crater Lake East, OR
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Red Blanket Mountain, OR
  8. South Topo Map: Union Peak, OR
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Maklaks Crater, OR

Is there a Pacific Crest Trail map for Section #178?

Yes, and they're free! The Pacific Crest Trail Section #178 is located on the Crater Lake West and Pumice Desert East topo maps. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the maps.

KML Custom Maps

PCT178T.kmz is a free KML custom map of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #178 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 #178, 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 is the cumulative elevation gain.
  8. Loss is the cumulative elevation loss.

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