Author Archives: PCTA Staff

About 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.

A sense of place

Trail volunteers work on a dirt trail with trees and rocks in the background

By Southern Sierra Regional Trail Stewardship Coordinator Michelle DiMeglio

Trail work facilitates a unique connection to the land.  We’re not just caring for the trail, we also benefit from spending time in that place, in stewarding a section of this 2-foot wide, 2650 mile long footpath.

How often do you ... Read more

The Diversity of the Desert

A photo of a scrub jay perched on a dead branch

By Michelle Daneri. Michelle is our Southern California Regional Trail Stewardship Coordinator. She is an avid naturalist, who spends free time camping, surfing, and bird watching all over Southern California.

Having worked in the outdoor industry for eight years, I’ve been fortunate to befriend my fair share of thru-hikers. One ... Read more

2022 PCTA Annual Membership Meeting is a Joyful Reunion

The PCTA’s 2022 Annual Membership Meeting was held in-person for first time since 2019—on a beautiful late-April Saturday afternoon outdoors behind the PCTA office in Sacramento, California. Everyone present talked about how different and satisfying it felt to be meeting in person again!

New board chair Kevin Bacon satisfied ... Read more

In Memory of Pete Fish, Legendary PCTA Volunteer

We’re deeply saddened to report that after a battle with Lymphoma, legendary PCTA volunteer Pete Fish passed away on March 26. He was 90. He is survived by his wife, Joyce, three children, and four grandchildren.

The Pacific Crest Trail was a “second career” for Pete. After retiring from ... Read more

Moving Forward and Embracing Change

A message from Rick Thalhammer, Chair of the PCTA Board of Directors.

The Pacific Crest Trail Association enters 2022 in an exciting and dynamic time, and the organization is embracing some exciting changes. At our quarterly board of directors meeting on January 29th, 2022, PCTA’s board made some key decisions ... Read more

Ten 2021 Volunteer Program accomplishments to celebrate!

By Hazel Platt, Volunteer Engagement Associate

Volunteers accomplished a lot of amazing things throughout 2021! In December, we got together with some of our crew leaders to talk about some of the projects we can all be proud of.

1. No Serious Incidents

Safety is our number one priority! Working ... Read more