Pacific Crest Trail (Section #131)

Reading Peak to Prospect Peak
Located 17.9 miles from Chester, California (CA)
4 Stars
22,011 Steps 1  (10.1 mi)
Pacific Crest Trail: [ #001 - #257 ]


The Pacific Crest Trail (Section #131) has a maximum elevation of 6,729 ft (2,051 m), a minimum elevation of 5,876 ft (1,791 m), and an elevation range of 853 ft (260 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
22,01110.1 mi5,876 ft6,729 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
4.3 hrs106.31,276 ft817 ft
[ B to A ]
4.2 hrs68.1817 ft1,276 ft

What is the length of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #131?

The length of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #131 is 10.1 mi (16.3 km) or 22,011 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Pacific Crest Trail Section #131?

A person in good physical health can hike the Pacific Crest Trail Section #131 in 4.3 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 #131 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 Reading Peak to Prospect Peak 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: Manzanita Lake, CA
  2. North Topo Map: West Prospect Peak, CA
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Prospect Peak, CA
  4. West Topo Map: Lassen Peak, CA
  5. Topo Map: Reading Peak, CA
  6. East Topo Map: Mount Harkness, CA
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Mineral, CA
  8. South Topo Map: Childs Meadows, CA
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Stover Mountain, CA

Is there a Pacific Crest Trail map for Section #131?

Yes, and they're free! The Pacific Crest Trail Section #131 is located on the Reading Peak and Prospect Peak topo maps. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the maps.

KML Custom Maps

PCT131T.kmz is a free KML custom map of the Pacific Crest Trail Section #131 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.