PCTA Blog

Navigating snowy sections of the PCT

This article by Mike Zawaski originally appeared in the Winter 2013 edition of the PCT Communicator magazine. It has been edited again, and we are republishing it because we think the information is relevant to today’s conditions in the PCT high country. Please be safe out there.

If it has ... Read more

Trail community gathers for PCTA’s 2017 annual meeting

The Pacific Crest Trail Association celebrated a record-setting 2016 on Saturday as members, donors, volunteers, board members, staff and agency and business partners gathered in Sacramento, Calif. for its annual meeting and open house.

More than 120 people attended the event at the PCTA’s headquarters, where Board Chair John Crawford ... 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

Rainy day on the trail? Here’s what you should do

female hiker backpacking in the rain

If you’re hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, there’s no doubt you’ll run into some wet weather. And nothing puts a damper on a backpacking trip like being (and staying) wet. Rain, mist, snow or even just high humidity can make some days on the PCT soggy and even a little ... Read more

Our dead and dying forests

Dead and dying trees on forest lands in California, August 2016. The gray trees have been dead longer than the orange trees as they've lost their needles already. Courtesy of U.S. Forest Service, Region 5

“I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues.” — Dr. Suess

We are experiencing a new environment, one defined by change and loss.

Our forests are dying. Visit the oak trees at Burnt Rancheria Campground near the Pacific ... Read more

Photo by: Nathaniel Middleton