Get out and day hike on the Pacific Crest Trail

It’s officially Spring and if you’re like us, you’ve had enough screen time. Here’s our little nudge to get out on the trail.

Sure, the PCT is epic backpacking—whether for a weekend or for months. But if you live close enough, lace up and head out for the day.

Right now, it’s prime dayhiking conditions if you live in Southern California. Elsewhere, look to the low-elevation sections in places like Burney Falls, Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, or the Columbia River Gorge. It’s still snowy on most of the trail so be sure to bring your skis, snowshoes, or traction if the conditions warrant it.

Take a look at our interactive map to look for ideas and nearby trailheads, or give us a call at 916-285-1846 to talk through options. Dial it in and invite some friends along. If you can’t go this weekend, plan ahead and put something on the calendar. Dry trail will be there soon, so get ready to take advantage of it.

Did you know that you can volunteer for a day on the PCT? We’d love to sign you up.

Here’s some inspiration for you.

Photo by Maria Geraldine Suguitan-Ignacio

[Above] “In this photo is me, Maria Geraldine and my son, Saul. We were lucky to have hiked PCT the day before the big snowfall that caused the closure of the roads leading to this trail. We had so much fun! We hiked and played with snow. This trail we love brings out the kid in us. And the best part is creating lifetime memories with your loved ones!”

Photo by Michele Kirkey-Garcia

[Above] “Here I am, Michele Kirkey-Garcia walking with Lina (4 legs). The picture was taken by my husband, Fernando Garcia, walking with Moses (also 4 legs) near Eagle Rock. Thinking about some people we recently lost. Came to go hike to that rock, and have a picnic. Which we did and enjoyed our day.”

Photo by Brenda Lucero

[Above] “I dropped my kids at Woodward at Boreal ski area [near Donner Summit, CA] and was thrilled to be at the PCT. I’d wanted to hike it for years so was happy just to be on it for a day. Lupita loved the first half-mile but then had to be carried. I swam in the alpine lake on the way. It was a heavenly day.”


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.