Tower Peak to Pickel Meadow
Pacific Crest Trail Section #97

Located 44.0 miles from Groveland, California

4 Stars
21,594 Steps 1  (10.1 mi)

The Pacific Crest Trail (Section #97) has a maximum elevation of 9,905 ft (3,019 m), a minimum elevation of 8,519 ft (2,597 m), and an elevation gain of 23,366 ft (7,122 m) in the [ A to B ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the Pacific Crest Trail Section #97 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
21,59410.1 mi8,519 ft9,905 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
3.9 hrs2.123,366 ft22,283 ft
[ B to A ]
3.7 hrs0.422,283 ft23,366 ft

What is the length of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #97?

The length of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #97 is 10.1 mi (16.2 km) or 21,594 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Pacific Crest Trail Section #97?

A person in good physical health can hike the Pacific Crest Trail Section #97 in 3.9 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 3.7 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.

Tower Peak to Pickel Meadow Topo Maps

Download free Tower Peak to Pickel Meadow 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: Sonora Pass, CA
  2. North Topo Map: Pickel Meadow, CA
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Fales Hot Springs, CA
  4. West Topo Map: Emigrant Lake, CA
  5. Topo Map: Tower Peak, CA
  6. East Topo Map: Buckeye Ridge, CA
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Tiltill Mountain, CA
  8. South Topo Map: Piute Mountain, CA
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Matterhorn Peak, CA

Is there a Pacific Crest Trail map for Section #97?

Yes, and they're free! The Pacific Crest Trail Section #97 is located on the Tower Peak and Pickel Meadow topo maps. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the maps.

KML Custom Maps

PCT097T.kmz is a free KML custom map of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #97 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 #97, provided by the National Weather Service. (



  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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