PCTA receives generous support from many corporate partners. Not only do they support us with philanthropic gifts, partners share our mission with their customers, volunteer their time, and give in-kind gifts to support our programs. An example of a meaningful partnership is our relationship with Coyote Camp Fireline Chow. In addition to a cash donation, they have also donated yummy food to our backcountry volunteers.
Coyote Camp provided a supply of breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for a crew of twelve volunteers for one week of trail maintenance work in the backcountry. This summer, volunteers from the North 350 Blades will use these supplies as they set out for their first backcountry response project in northern Washington.
Rather than establishing a base camp, backcountry … Read more
Deep in the William O. Douglas Wilderness in Washington, the Pacific Crest Trail crosses the Bumping River near Goodwin Meadows. The bridge there washed out years ago, and hikers were using a log to cross the rapid water, while stock riders had to navigate the river.
Our partners, the Back Country Horsemen of Washington, Lewis County Chapter, approached the U.S. Forest Service about replacing the bridge, no small feat in wilderness. The 45-foot-long span was completed last year.
It took seven BCHW packers 25 loads to haul all the tools, food, rigging and building materials to the work site. The job took a month and another 27 loads to haul in the bridge decking materials. And 20 more loads were needed to get the tools … Read more
After a series of late February storms, precipitation along the Southern California sections of the Pacific Crest Trail is 52% of normal for the year, based on National Weather Service Data from four locations near the PCT. This compares to 57% of normal for this time last year.
In many areas the rainfall totals for the last few days of February exceeded the combined totals of the previous four months.
|Big Bear Fire Station
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This page collects fire restrictions for the Pacific Crest Trail in California. While we try to track this information, we still ask that you contact the local agencies for up-to-date regulations. Seasonal restrictions generally ban campfires, restrict smoking and certain types of stoves, even with a campfire permit.
We’ll be updating this page regularly and will create similar pages for Oregon and Washington. Seasonal restrictions come online as each land jurisdiction determines that conditions require them. The language varies between jurisdictions and is not always as clear as it could be. Fire risk is extreme due to the current drought. We expect most of the agencies below to publish restrictions as the year progresses.
Please be fire safe!
- The restrictions are not PCT specific,
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PCTA goes through a financial audit every year. We are subject to a more in-depth audit because of the level of federal funding we receive. As part of the audit process, auditors test to make sure we comply with government standards. We are happy to report there were no audit finds or questioned costs with respect to our management of federal funds. Find our past external audits on our financials, reports and plans page. This latest audit will be posted online before our next Annual Meeting on April 12th.… Read more
Another season in the woods: how/why I got paid to spend a summer on the PCT and how volunteering changed my life (or can change your life.)
In my 17 years of working on trails, I’ve had one conversation more than any other. That conversation begins:
“Oh, so you’re like a ranger?”
I always find myself a bit baffled that somebody would confuse me with a ranger. Trail workers, after all, are a much different animal. Trail work entails all the walking of a ranger, but none of the interpretive talk or dashing uniform complete with polished brass, campaign hat and daily shaving requirements. In short, it’s all the sunshine, hikes with heavy packs, and hard work in remote, obscure locations you could ever hope … Read more
Long-time PCTA organizer, leader and trail maintainer Paul Martin Smith died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, following complications from cancer. He was 64.
Paul, PCTA’s 2009 Regional Trail Maintainer of the Year, led the Mid-Oregon Volunteers for many years. A PCTA volunteer since 2006, he was highly recognized for his unselfish service to the trail and the association and his expertise as a certified crosscut sawyer and trail builder. He put in 5,906 volunteer hours with PCTA in seven years.
According to PCTA Regional Representative Dana Hendricks, who worked closely with Paul, he organized the mid-Oregon region’s volunteers into a tight working group. Not only did Paul reorganize the trail sections from Windigo Pass to the northern boundary of Jefferson Park, he helped bring on eight … Read more