Pumice Desert East to Mount Thielsen
Pacific Crest Trail Section #179

Located 40.4 miles from Chiloquin, Oregon

4 Stars
21,202 Steps 1  (10.0 mi)

The Pacific Crest Trail (Section #179) has a maximum elevation of 7,136 ft (2,175 m), a minimum elevation of 5,798 ft (1,767 m), and an elevation gain of 32,558 ft (9,924 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Pacific Crest Trail Section #179 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
21,20210.0 mi5,798 ft7,136 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
3.4 hrs0.232,558 ft19,226 ft
[ B to A ]
3.4 hrs0.219,226 ft32,558 ft

What is the length of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #179?

The length of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #179 is 10.0 mi (16.1 km) or 21,202 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Pacific Crest Trail Section #179?

A person in good physical health can hike the Pacific Crest Trail Section #179 in 3.4 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 3.4 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.

Pumice Desert East to Mount Thielsen Topo Maps

Download free Pumice Desert East to Mount Thielsen 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: Diamond Lake, OR
  2. North Topo Map: Mount Thielsen, OR
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Miller Lake, OR
  4. West Topo Map: Pumice Desert West, OR
  5. Topo Map: Pumice Desert East, OR
  6. East Topo Map: Welch Butte, OR
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Crater Lake West, OR
  8. South Topo Map: Crater Lake East, OR
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Pothole Butte, OR

Is there a Pacific Crest Trail map for Section #179?

Yes, and they're free! The Pacific Crest Trail Section #179 is located on the Pumice Desert East and Mount Thielsen topo maps. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the maps.

KML Custom Maps

PCT179T.kmz is a free KML custom map of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #179 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 #179, 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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