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Road Trippin' : Hiking the PCT

Road Trippin': Pacific Crest Trail (Trish Glose/KTVL)

MEDFORD, Ore. -- The Pacific Crest Trail runs from Mexico to Canada and thousands of hikers explore it every year. A section of it is in southern Oregon.

"I think what people don't realize is how close it is and how easy the access it," Michael Reinert says about the trail. Reinert is the store manager at the Ashland Outdoor Store. He says the trailheads are easy to find and hikers can hit the trail for a day hike, or even explore the PCT for a couple of days and stay in southern Oregon.

"The nice thing about the Pacific Crest Trail through our region specifically, unlike California where you're in the Sierras and you're going up and down, you can go through some serious elevation changes. Some days you might not get as many miles as you think because of all the climbing," Reinert said.

The sections in Oregon remain at a fairly constant elevation. He says the terrain isn't too difficult, especially in the snow.

"Snowshoes give you a whole lot of advantage," Reinert said about hiking in snowy conditions.

You can rent snow shoes at the Ashland Outdoor Store and purchase a sno-park permit.

Reinert says if you plan on hiking local sections of the PCT, make sure you're prepared for anything.

"Bring some warm clothing, but you don't need to dress super warm for the actual snow-shoeing, that's the trick. It's a very aerobic activity, so you can go to some really cool spots without wearing a lot. Just make sure you have a puffy jacket when you stop for a snack."

Find more information about the Pacific Crest Trail here.

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