Poe Mountain to Glacier Peak West
Pacific Crest Trail Section #243

Located 29.1 miles from Gold Bar, Washington

4 Stars
21,472 Steps 1  (10.0 mi)

The Pacific Crest Trail (Section #243) has a maximum elevation of 6,504 ft (1,982 m), a minimum elevation of 4,030 ft (1,228 m), and an elevation gain of 22,464 ft (6,847 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Pacific Crest Trail Section #243 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
21,47210.0 mi4,030 ft6,504 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
3.5 hrs0.022,464 ft27,053 ft
[ B to A ]
3.9 hrs1.327,053 ft22,464 ft

What is the length of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #243?

The length of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #243 is 10.0 mi (16.2 km) or 21,472 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Pacific Crest Trail Section #243?

A person in good physical health can hike the Pacific Crest Trail Section #243 in 3.5 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 3.9 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.

Poe Mountain to Glacier Peak West Topo Maps

Download free Poe Mountain to Glacier Peak West 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: Glacier Peak West, WA
  2. North Topo Map: Glacier Peak East, WA
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Clark Mountain, WA
  4. West Topo Map: Benchmark Mountain, WA
  5. Topo Map: Poe Mountain, WA
  6. East Topo Map: Mount David, WA
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Captain Point, WA
  8. South Topo Map: Labyrinth Mountain, WA
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Mount Howard, WA

Is there a Pacific Crest Trail map for Section #243?

Yes, and they're free! The Pacific Crest Trail Section #243 is located on the Poe Mountain and Glacier Peak West topo maps. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the maps.

KML Custom Maps

PCT243T.kmz is a free KML custom map of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #243 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 #243, 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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