Author Archives: Mark Larabee

About Mark Larabee

Mark Larabee is PCTA's Associate Director of Communications and Marketing. He is co-author of "The Pacific Crest Trail: Exploring America's Wilderness Trail" published in 2016. Formerly a reporter for The Oregonian newspaper in Portland, Ore., Larabee is a nationally recognized journalist, part of a team of reporters and editors who won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news. He hiked the PCT across Oregon for a 2005 series for the paper and has been with PCTA since 2010. He lives in Portland.

Billy Goat, the PCT Guru

An excerpt from the PCTA’s 2016 publication of  The Pacific Crest Trail, Exploring America’s Wilderness Trail.  The book is available on Amazon and in the PCTA online store.

By Mark Larabee and Barney Scout Mann

Since 2003, he has wandered the campground at Lake Morena County Park near Campo and ... Read more

Inyo National Forest closes segments of Rush Creek Trails; Reds Meadow Road remains closed

The U.S. Forest Service issued the following closure Thursday evening:

The Inyo National Forest, through a forest order, is closing segments of the Rush Creek Trail for public safety from June 30 through Sept. 1, 2017.

The wet winter of 2016-2017, with more than 180 percent of average annual precipitation ... Read more

Take action on National Monuments

Kyle Ignacio on Mount Baden Powell. Photo by Mara Geraldine Ignacio.

On April 26, President Donald Trump issued an executive order calling for a review of national monuments designated over the last 21 years. On May 5, the Department of the Interior released a list of 27 National Monuments under review and is seeking public comments on this process. Much of ... Read more

Many thanks to our Congressional supporters

When we join with other trail groups in February for our annual Hike the Hill visits with members of Congress and their staffs, one of the most important things we talk with them about is the Land and Water Conservation Fund and why it’s crucial to the National Trails System.... Read more

Check out our photo contest winners for 2017

Sudden Magnitude

“Sudden Magnitude,” by Brad Goldpaint—one of the 2017 Photo Contest Overall winners.

Spring is in the air. Thru-hikers are tending to early blisters and making their way north. Trees are budding in the Pacific Northwest and the Sierra snowpack is melting, albeit stubbornly. And we have a new batch of ... Read more

After 17 years, Kick Off leaves more than footprints

In PCT thru-hiker circles, it’s been a tradition going back longer than most of us can remember.

The Annual Day Zero Pacific Crest Trail Kick Off — ADZPCTKO, we’ll call it Kick Off for short — brought together new distance hikers with seasoned veterans who shared their wisdom about everything ... Read more

Photo by: Nathaniel Middleton