The Pacific Crest Trail was designated as one of the first National Scenic Trails back in 1968. It traverses the “high road” from Mexico to Canada, connecting six of North America’s seven eco-zones. The trail is well-known among serious backpackers and thru-hikers; however, the new guide book "Day & Section Hikes Pacific Crest Trail: Southern California" will attempt to broaden this audience, making segments of the trail more accessible for shorter day or weekend hikes.
The book focuses primarily on the Southern California section. It uses maps and elevation graphs generated from GPS data actually taken by the author to provide all the information necessary for planning a trip. Author David Money Harris teaches Engineering at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA. He is also the coauthor of Afoot, Afield Inland Empire and San Bernardino Mountain Trails.