To physically prepare for my PCT hike I started running five to ten miles at least three or four times a week, and I also attempt to hike the Manitou Incline at least once a week. The Incline is an abandoned cog railroad line that literally runs straight up the side of a mountain on the edge of Manitou Springs, Colorado. The old line is only three quarters of a mile long, but it gains a dramatic 2,000 feet of elevation.
Why did I choose to hike the Pacific Crest Trail? Well, I’m pretty sure the trail chose me. Some people dream for years about thru-hiking the PCT before they make the leap and commit to the trail. A year ago The Trail wasn’t even on my radar.