Pacific Crest Trail (Section #256)

Pasayten Peak to Castle Peak
Located 41.5 miles from Winthrop, Washington (WA)
4 Stars
21,364 Steps 1  (10.0 mi)
Pacific Crest Trail: [ #001 - #257 ]


The Pacific Crest Trail (Section #256) has a maximum elevation of 7,113 ft (2,168 m), a minimum elevation of 5,725 ft (1,745 m), and an elevation range of 1,388 ft (423 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
21,36410.0 mi5,725 ft7,113 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
3.6 hrs147.21,766 ft1,583 ft
[ B to A ]
3.7 hrs131.91,583 ft1,766 ft

What is the length of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #256?

The length of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #256 is 10.0 mi (16.1 km) or 21,364 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Pacific Crest Trail Section #256?

A person in good physical health can hike the Pacific Crest Trail Section #256 in 3.6 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 3.7 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Pacific Crest Trail Section #256 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 Pasayten Peak to 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: Castle Peak, WA
  2. North Topo Map: Frosty Creek, WA
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Tatoosh Buttes, WA
  4. West Topo Map: Shull Mountain, WA
  5. Topo Map: Pasayten Peak, WA
  6. East Topo Map: Mount Lago, WA
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Azurite Peak, WA
  8. South Topo Map: Slate Peak, WA
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Robinson Mountain, WA

Is there a Pacific Crest Trail map for Section #256?

Yes, and they're free! The Pacific Crest Trail Section #256 is located on the Pasayten Peak and Castle Peak topo maps. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the maps.

KML Custom Maps

PCT256T.kmz is a free KML custom map of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #256 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.