Ever since reading the book "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" by Cheryl Strayed, I've been fascinated by the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and have wondered again and again if I could hike it myself. I want to; there's no doubt of that. But there's also no doubt that it's quite an endeavor and something to take seriously. The trail is 2,650 miles long and covers radically different habitats as it winds up from Mexico all the way to Canada, by way of the entire West Coast of the United States.

While I sit at home wondering if I'm capable of it, many other adventurous, and seemingly tireless, souls have managed the hike, including Tyler Fox, who recorded his entire adventure and created this time lapse to both entice us and bring us back to our senses. If you want to hike the PCT, here's how to do it in just a few minutes.

"It took Fox 142 days to complete the trek going about 22 miles per day. Of course, different days call for different hikes, Fox's longest day was 43 miles and he had a few zero days sprinkled in to catch some much deserved rest," writes Gizmodo.

Among his final tallies about the trip, Fox includes:

  • Pairs of shoes used: 4
  • Total days: 142
  • Miles hiked: 2,500
  • Days camped: 97
  • Days camped alone: 22
  • Resupply stops: 39
  • Resupply boxes sent: 10
  • Times thrown up: 2
  • Hospital visits: 1

And with that, I'm still not 100 percent sure I'm ever going to actually hike the PCT. But what a dream to hold onto just. in. case.

Jaymi Heimbuch ( @jaymiheimbuch ) focuses on wildlife conservation and animal news from her home base in San Francisco.

Hike 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail in 6 minutes
Tyler Fox has created a video that brings you along for the adventure of hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.