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Continued from Traversing Trails: Introduction to the Pacific Crest Trail
Contrary to popular opinion among those who have yet to complete the PCT, conquering the hike does not come cheap. Trail-goers typically spend about $6,000 to trek the whole way, but for inexperienced hikers purchasing everything for the first time, the cost can easily exceed $10,000. These expenses can be broken down into several categories that will help you plan more accurately.
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Estimated cost: $2,000 to $4,000
Estimated cost: $2,600 at $1 per mile, or approximately $20 per day.
Estimated cost: Approximately $75 per day.
If you already have many of these essential supplies and are financially prepared to take on the challenge, the rest of the experience depends on patience and determination. Look out for next week’s addition where we cover the necessary permits for the trail.
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