Pacific Crest Trail (Section #20)

San Jacinto Peak to White Water
Located 8.9 miles from Desert Hot Springs, California (CA)
4 Stars
21,332 Steps 1  (10.0 mi)
Pacific Crest Trail: [ #001 - #257 ]


The Pacific Crest Trail (Section #20) has a maximum elevation of 3,869 ft (1,179 m), a minimum elevation of 1,215 ft (370 m), and an elevation range of 2,654 ft (809 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
21,33210.0 mi1,215 ft3,869 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
3.4 hrs25.8310 ft2,631 ft
[ B to A ]
3.6 hrs219.22,631 ft310 ft

What is the length of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #20?

The length of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #20 is 10.0 mi (16.2 km) or 21,332 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Pacific Crest Trail Section #20?

A person in good physical health can hike the Pacific Crest Trail Section #20 in 3.4 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 3.6 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Pacific Crest Trail Section #20 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 San Jacinto Peak to White Water 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: Cabazon, CA
  2. North Topo Map: White Water, CA
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Desert Hot Springs, CA
  4. West Topo Map: Lake Fulmor, CA
  5. Topo Map: San Jacinto Peak, CA
  6. East Topo Map: Palm Springs, CA
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Blackburn Canyon, CA
  8. South Topo Map: Idyllwild, CA
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Palm View Peak, CA

Is there a Pacific Crest Trail map for Section #20?

Yes, and they're free! The Pacific Crest Trail Section #20 is located on the San Jacinto Peak and White Water topo maps. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the maps.

KML Custom Maps

PCT020T.kmz is a free KML custom map of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #20 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.