The Land and Water Conservation Fund is a critical tool for protecting the PCT. Unfortunately, the fund is threatened. Take a listen to this beautiful song from some New Mexico advocates. The locations featured are in their state, but the list is long for the PCT as well. Read more on our trail protection page.
When people decide to volunteer for the PCTA, it’s not just about giving back to the trail. For many of us, it’s about being a part of the amazing community of stewards. Heidi Brill, a PCTA Technical Advisor, shares with us a peek into what it means to be a part of a trail crew family.
As any ol’ trail hound can attest to, a trail crew is a unique family that typically begins as a group of strangers and over the course of days, weeks and months evolves into a tightly knit weave of independent characters bonded by sweat, successes, strange smells, bad jokes, long car rides and FOOD! And in that we have our family.
So when our service to the trail overlaps … Read more
Thirty percent of you are reading this on a mobile device. Today, we’ve joined the leading edge of web design with the release of our new “responsive” template. You’ll find the site readable without the usual pinching, zooming and panning.
Our blog and the extensive content that we launched last February are still here and the navigation is the same. Beyond the new theme, we’ve cleaned up the homepage and we’re testing a new feature called The Journalist (it’s in beta). It will grow into a one-stop-shop for trail journals (geek speak: it’s an RSS aggregator).
Big thanks to Ryan for making this happen. He’s overdue for a pizza and a beer.
The first bestseller about the Pacific Crest Trail, The High Adventure of Eric Ryback, was published in 1971. It sold 300,000 copies in seven printings and was translated into Finnish, Japanese and Braille. The most recent bestseller, Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, is being made into a movie after almost two years on bookstore shelves. But there was a third PCT bestseller. And just like the other two, it changed the author’s life. Read the full article.… Read more
“Two Bar Betty” Wheeler’s report about our summer’s work in the Goat Rocks appears in the winter issue of the PCT Communicator magazine. We didn’t have space to include these pictures in the magazine, but they’re too glorious not to share.… Read more
The U.S. Forest Service has upheld its 1988 order closing the Pacific Crest Trail to mountain biking. In a Nov. 25 letter to the Pacific Crest Trail Association, Regional Forester Randy Moore states that the order is consistent with legislation, regulations, directives, the recommendations of the PCT Advisory Council and the PCT Comprehensive Management Plan.
“In order to continue to protect the trail as a resource and to provide a safe and unique recreation experience for the primary users – hikers and equestrians – the continuance of Regional Order 88-4 is needed,” Moore wrote.
Meanwhile, a national partnership of trail leaders, recreation advocates and federal land managers has opened a dialogue on how, when and where mountain bike use fits into the National Trails … Read more
We’ve seen Black Friday, Cyber Monday and a long, wonderful season on the trail. Today help us offset that by participating in #GivingTuesday. This is a national day for donating to the causes that you love.
Your donations make an impact. We’re challenging you to play a part. Send us into the holidays with laces tied tight. Thanks for your support. Donate right now. It’s easy.… Read more
Send in your stories from this year. Rodger Dodger will edit them into a book.
PCT Class of ’13,
Want to help me create a PCT ’13 book? Hopefully you are all having fun reminiscing while getting photos/videos to Red Beard for the class video. So I thought now would be a good time to ask if you were interested in going old school, and getting out your pen and paper and telling a story about your trip.
Which story? You know the one. It’s the first story you think of when someone asks about your hike. If you are Anish or Zen Master, perhaps it’s the story about how you shattered the speed record of the PCT. Or if you are EZ Rider, … Read more
On journeys long and short, hikers and horseback riders pass through many of America’s wilderness crown jewels along the Pacific Crest Trail.
But the trail is about more than mountains and geography. It’s about people and the idea that we, as a society, can preserve our most wild and beautiful places so that future generations can see what we have seen and feel what we have felt. The Pacific Crest Trail Association is singularly focused on keeping this path wild and open for future generations.
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