In memory of June Mulford: PCT equestrian pioneer

June Mulford during an interview with Oregon Public Broadcasting. Photo by OPB.

It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of pioneering PCT equestrian, June Mulford.

June and her husband Don were the first to ride the entire length of the PCT in a single season. Their monumental 2,400-mile journey was completed in 1959, long before the PCT became the well maintained and well-travelled trail it is today.

June recalled their adventure in an Oregon Public Broadcasting episode in “Pacific Crest Trail: A Ride to Remember”, which includes original footage along with June’s storytelling.

June passed away in Vancouver, Washington on May 21, 2021. Thank you, June—for your contagious enthusiasm for the trail, for your boundless energy, and for the many ways you supported the trail and inspired trail users young and old. You’ll be greatly missed.

June and Don Mulford during their historic 1959 thru-ride of the PCT. Photo by June Mulford and PCTA.

Author: PCTA Staff

The mission of the Pacific Crest Trail Association is to protect, preserve and promote the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail as a world-class experience for hikers and equestrians, and for all the values provided by wild and scenic lands.