PCTA Blog

The Diversity of the Desert

A photo of a scrub jay perched on a dead branch

By Michelle Daneri. Michelle is the 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 8 years, I’ve been fortunate to befriend my fair share of thruhikers. 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

Two Parents Call for Safety Preparation as Thru-Hiking Season Nears

By Doug Laher and Sally Fowler

The PCT is challenging and passes through more miles of designated Wilderness than any other National Scenic Trail. The trail, and wilderness itself, exists in part as a rare place to meet untamed nature and experience great physical challenge and accomplishment. Self-reliance is one ... Read more