Pacific Crest Trail (Section #21)

White Water to Catclaw Flat
Located 7.5 miles from Desert Hot Springs, California (CA)
4 Stars
21,498 Steps 1  (10.1 mi)
Pacific Crest Trail: [ #001 - #257 ]


The Pacific Crest Trail (Section #21) has a maximum elevation of 3,219 ft (981 m), a minimum elevation of 1,553 ft (473 m), and an elevation range of 1,666 ft (508 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
21,49810.1 mi1,553 ft3,219 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
3.8 hrs175.22,103 ft849 ft
[ B to A ]
3.6 hrs70.8849 ft2,103 ft

What is the length of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #21?

The length of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #21 is 10.1 mi (16.2 km) or 21,498 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Pacific Crest Trail Section #21?

A person in good physical health can hike the Pacific Crest Trail Section #21 in 3.8 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 #21 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 White Water to Catclaw Flat 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: San Gorgonio Mountain, CA
  2. North Topo Map: Catclaw Flat, CA
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Morongo Valley, CA
  4. West Topo Map: Cabazon, CA
  5. Topo Map: White Water, CA
  6. East Topo Map: Desert Hot Springs, CA
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Lake Fulmor, CA
  8. South Topo Map: San Jacinto Peak, CA
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Palm Springs, CA

Is there a Pacific Crest Trail map for Section #21?

Yes, and they're free! The Pacific Crest Trail Section #21 is located on the White Water and Catclaw Flat topo maps. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the maps.

KML Custom Maps

PCT021T.kmz is a free KML custom map of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #21 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.