The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is 2663 miles (4286 km) long and was designated a United States National Scenic Trail in 1968. It's southern terminus is at the California/Mexico border and it's northern terminus is at the Washington/Canada border. It reaches a high elevation of 13,153 ft (4009 m) at Forester Pass and traverses 25 national forests, 7 national parks and 9 mountain ranges. Every year, backpackers from all over attempt to complete the trial in one continuous trip. It is estimated that about 180 out of 300 thru-hikers complete the trip each year.