Pacific Crest Trail (Section #79)

Split Mountain to North Palisade
Located 22.7 miles from Bishop, California (CA)
4 Stars
21,626 Steps 1  (10.1 mi)
Pacific Crest Trail: [ #001 - #257 ]


The Pacific Crest Trail (Section #79) has a maximum elevation of 12,124 ft (3,695 m), a minimum elevation of 8,833 ft (2,692 m), and an elevation range of 3,291 ft (1,003 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
21,62610.1 mi8,833 ft12,124 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
3.6 hrs84.21,011 ft3,099 ft
[ B to A ]
4.2 hrs258.23,099 ft1,011 ft

What is the length of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #79?

The length of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #79 is 10.1 mi (16.2 km) or 21,626 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Pacific Crest Trail Section #79?

A person in good physical health can hike the Pacific Crest Trail Section #79 in 3.6 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 4.2 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Pacific Crest Trail Section #79 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 Split Mountain to North Palisade 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: Mount Thompson, CA
  2. North Topo Map: Coyote Flat, CA
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Big Pine, CA
  4. West Topo Map: North Palisade, CA
  5. Topo Map: Split Mountain, CA
  6. East Topo Map: Fish Springs, CA
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Marion Peak, CA
  8. South Topo Map: Mount Pinchot, CA
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Aberdeen, CA

Is there a Pacific Crest Trail map for Section #79?

Yes, and they're free! The Pacific Crest Trail Section #79 is located on the Split Mountain and North Palisade topo maps. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the maps.

KML Custom Maps

PCT079T.kmz is a free KML custom map of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #79 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.