The First Person to Hike the Pacific Crest Trail?

Pacific Crest TrailWho was the first person to thru-hike the Pacific Crest Trail?

In 1970, a 17 year old boy from the midwest named Eric Ryback decided to hike the 2,650 mile trail from Canada to Mexico by himself!

There is some controversy as to whether or not he completed it without hitching a few rides from strangers along the way, but regardless, he wrote a very interesting book about his journey!

Check out the Hiking Lady book review of The High Adventure of Eric Ryback.


  1. Sounds interesting and inspiring. I’m curious on how the book ended so I’m going to have search online for it and take some time to read it. Thanks for writing about it.

  2. Patty says:

    I have read the book and enjoyed it, but was a little disappointed there there was not more written about his experience with the southern deserts in California.

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