Pacific Crest Trail (Section #196)

Marion Lake to Mount Jefferson
Located 12.0 miles from Idanha, Oregon (OR)
4 Stars
23,413 Steps 1  (10.3 mi)
Pacific Crest Trail: [ #001 - #257 ]


The Pacific Crest Trail (Section #196) has a maximum elevation of 6,496 ft (1,980 m), a minimum elevation of 4,419 ft (1,347 m), and an elevation range of 2,077 ft (633 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
23,41310.3 mi4,419 ft6,496 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
5.3 hrs16.9203 ft2,218 ft
[ B to A ]
6.0 hrs184.82,218 ft203 ft

What is the length of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #196?

The length of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #196 is 10.3 mi (16.6 km) or 23,413 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Pacific Crest Trail Section #196?

A person in good physical health can hike the Pacific Crest Trail Section #196 in 5.3 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 6.0 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Pacific Crest Trail Section #196 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 Marion Lake to Mount Jefferson 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: Mount Bruno, OR
  2. North Topo Map: Mount Jefferson, OR
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Lionshead, OR
  4. West Topo Map: Marion Forks, OR
  5. Topo Map: Marion Lake, OR
  6. East Topo Map: Candle Creek, OR
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Santiam Junction, OR
  8. South Topo Map: Three Fingered Jack, OR
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Black Butte, OR

Is there a Pacific Crest Trail map for Section #196?

Yes, and they're free! The Pacific Crest Trail Section #196 is located on the Marion Lake and Mount Jefferson topo maps. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the maps.

KML Custom Maps

PCT196T.kmz is a free KML custom map of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #196 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.