The Trail Can Unite Us

The Pacific Crest Trail at Rock Pass, Washington. Photo by Andy Porter.

June 3, 2020

Like so many, we are heartbroken by recent events that have highlighted the systemic racial injustice that continues to divide our country.

Thank you to those of you who have reached out to us about this issue. Our silence until now in no way reflects a lack of compassion or support for social justice and inclusion. We are committed to discussing this within our community and determined to take meaningful steps toward change. We want to hear from more of you—particularly those affected by injustice—about the intersection of this issue with the Pacific Crest Trail, access to the outdoors and beyond.

We believe that everyone should feel safe and welcome wherever they go and that includes the PCT.

In the PCT community, we all share a unique bond in the trail and the opportunities it can provide to all people—the ability to connect with nature, to grow as individuals and to heal. The trail is also where we connect with one another and come together over our common love for what it gives us. The trail can unite us.

We welcome your thoughts. Email us at [email protected].

With compassion and hope,

Liz Bergeron
Executive Director and CEO

Author: Liz Bergeron

Liz Bergeron has served as the Executive Director and CEO of the Pacific Crest Trail Association since 2001. When she’s not working diligently to protect, preserve and promote the PCT, you may find her taking long walks in her neighborhood, day hiking on a local trail or introducing new hikers to the PCT.