Onion Valley to Dogwood Peak
Pacific Crest Trail Section #120

Located 30.1 miles from Portola, California

4 Stars
21,435 Steps 1  (10.1 mi)

The Pacific Crest Trail (Section #120) has a maximum elevation of 6,044 ft (1,842 m), a minimum elevation of 3,187 ft (971 m), and an elevation gain of 12,926 ft (3,940 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Pacific Crest Trail Section #120 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
21,43510.1 mi3,187 ft6,044 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
3.5 hrs0.212,926 ft39,804 ft
[ B to A ]
3.8 hrs2.139,804 ft12,926 ft

What is the length of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #120?

The length of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #120 is 10.1 mi (16.2 km) or 21,435 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Pacific Crest Trail Section #120?

A person in good physical health can hike the Pacific Crest Trail Section #120 in 3.5 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 3.8 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.

Onion Valley to Dogwood Peak Topo Maps

Download free Onion Valley to Dogwood Peak 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: Meadow Valley, CA
  2. North Topo Map: Quincy, CA
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Spring Garden, CA
  4. West Topo Map: Dogwood Peak, CA
  5. Topo Map: Onion Valley, CA
  6. East Topo Map: Blue Nose Mountain, CA
  7. Southwest Topo Map: American House, CA
  8. South Topo Map: La Porte, CA
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Mount Fillmore, CA

Is there a Pacific Crest Trail map for Section #120?

Yes, and they're free! The Pacific Crest Trail Section #120 is located on the Onion Valley and Dogwood Peak topo maps. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the maps.

KML Custom Maps

PCT120T.kmz is a free KML custom map of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #120 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 #120, provided by the National Weather Service. (weather.gov)



  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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