Memorial for Ed “MendoRider” Anderson

It is with a heavy heart that we share news of the passing of Ed “MendoRider” Anderson, of Agua Dulce, Calif. Ed had a life-long passion for adventure, starting with a 1957 thru-hike of the John Muir Trail. Over four years, Ed rode the entire PCT on his two much loved horses, Primo and Neekalos.

Ed’s advice was sought by countless long-distance PCT riders. He was the primary contributor to our equestrian pages and spent countless hours helping others safely plan their rides. When people needed to talk to an expert, they talked to MendoRider. He was profiled in our summer 2013 issue of the PCT Communicator. We’ve posted the article, More than 46,000 miles on horseback.. and counting, so that more people may know about this remarkable friend of the trail.

Memorial service

Join in the celebration of Ed’s life. The PCT community is invited to attend his memorial service.

The celebration will be held at Le Chene, 12625 Sierra Hwy., Santa Clarita, Calif. on Sunday, August 25th, 2013 at 2pm. Click here for a map.

In lieu of flowers, Ed’s family asks that donations be made to the PCTA in Ed’s memory. You can do so via our memorial donation page, by check or by calling 916-285-1846.

Ed "MendoRider" Anderson at the northern terminus of the PCT with his horse Primo.

Ed “MendoRider” Anderson at the northern terminus of the PCT with his horse Primo.


Author: Jack "Found" Haskel

As the Trail Information Manager, Jack works to connect people to the PCT. He's involved with a wide variety of projects that help the trail, the trail's users and the community that surrounds the experience. He has thru-hiked (Pacific Crest Trail in 2006; Colorado Trail in 2008; Continental Divide Trail in 2010) and is an obsessed weekend warrior.