Epic Images of the Pacific Crest Trail in the ’70s Inspire Us to Get Lost in Nature

The Pacific Crest Trail, a 2,633 mile long hiking and equestrian trail, which passes through 25 national forests and seven national parks, has hosted a number of explorers, thru hikers, short-term campers and all around nature lovers over the years.

The PCT, as it’s commonly referred to, is one of those places that take your breath away and make you feel like you’re in a completely different world. For this and so many other reasons, the glorious PCT is a trail we’ve got jotted down on our bucket lists as one to conquer someday. Until then, we can like vicariously through the images and the writings of those who have done so themselves.

So when we found a compilation of images of the PCT from the 1970s on the blog site Une Collecte, we were thrilled to get lost in them. These magnificent photos, which were first published in National Geographic Society in 1975, capture the soul and spirit of the PCT in a way we’ve never seen before. These are the types of photos that make you want to put in your two-week’s notice and spend the rest of your life in nature.

Check out the astoundingly beautiful Pacific Crest Trail pictures above for yourself and if nothing else, you’ll at the very least have an itch to plan an epic hiking trip of your own.