It turns out that the PCT Instagram community is just the best

We’re @pctassociation

Thyra Bessette, PCT class of 2013, does just a wonderful job poking into her phone and managing an Instagram page for PCTA. Eye-popping Pacific Crest Trail photos stream in from people doing neat things in beautiful places. Follow along on the #PacificCrestTrail hashtag (you can see it at

Thyra Bessette, PCTA's oh-so-wonderful Instagram lead, on the Bridge of the Gods during her PCT thru-hike.

Thyra Bessette, PCTA’s oh-so-wonderful Instagram lead, on the Bridge of the Gods during her PCT thru-hike.

In celebration of our booming success (we’ll probably pass 7,000 followers today), I asked Thyra to pull a few of her favorite photos. Here she goes:

“Approximately 8 months ago, I was given the opportunity to manage the PCTA’s instagram account.  It could not be more fun.

The PCTA’s Instagram community is truly amazing. We’ve gone from 1,000 Instagram followers to 7,000 in just a matter of months and the support is only growing. PCT lovers from all over have shared countless photos via our #PCTig hashtag, as well as through our PCTA Photo Contest, and they have been funny, heart warming, educational, inspiring, and beautiful. It has been a “Wild” ride (pun intended) and it has been rewarding to share the fantastic photos that you all take. It has also been really special to see the support our community has for the trail. The highlight of this task has been being able to educate people about safe and responsible wilderness travel — and ultimately spreading word about protecting the trail we all love.

Follow us @pctassociation”

Some special photos from the Pacific Crest Trail Instagram

Snow melt in Washington | Sometimes you are simply blown away by the natural wonders on the trail. Photo by: @homagetothe

A photo posted by PCTAssociation (@pctassociation) on

The #PCT passes through a fragile desert ecosystem. Because of the scarcity of water, vegetation and organic soils, desert landscapes at the Southern Terminus are particularly susceptible to damage and are slow to recover. | 2014 thru-hiker, “Patches” @patchesthru to choose desert camp sites that provided a view of both the sunset and sunrise each day… and was able to do so by carrying extra water, so that she was not solely limited to the over-populated water source campsites. This is a great strategy, not only in terms of finding prime camp sites with a little more solitude, but also to help protect the trail. Traveling lightly, such as spreading out and not gathering or camping in large groups, allows all of us to act on behalf of the places and wildlife that inspire us. A photo posted by PCTAssociation (@pctassociation) on

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.