PCTA Blog

Lassen Rural Bus adds service to the PCT

We’re thrilled to share that Lassen Rural Bus has expanded and now stops right on the Pacific Crest Trail. As strong believers in transit to trails, the immense value of rural buses, and small-town America, we extend our appreciation to everyone involved and encourage you to ride the bus!... Read more

Magnificent Five-Needle Pines: Join a PCT Community Science Project

By Michael Kauffmann

Western North America’s five-needle pines are, in my opinion, among the most beautiful living creatures on Earth. They are also major contributors to the unique high-elevation aesthetic of the Pacific Crest Trail. A pine tree is a kind of conifer, and five-needle pines along the trail include ... Read more

Share Your Voice for PCTA’s New Strategic Plan

The Pacific Crest Trail Association is happy to share the first public draft of our new Strategic Plan. This has been PCTA’s longest, largest, and most community involved planning process we’ve ever undertaken—and we’re not done engaging with the PCT community. Below are links to download and read the ... Read more

Canada PCT Entry Permit program has restarted

We’re thrilled to announce that the Canada PCT Entry Permit program has restarted! After being paused since 2020, Canada Border Services Agency, PCTA, and the U.S. Forest Service worked together to restart it. We thank everyone involved for restarting this special program and facilitating it on an ongoing basis—crossing into ... Read more

Those seeds clinging to your hiking socks may be from invasive plants

Here’s how to avoid spreading them to new locations

By Megan Dolman PhD candidate in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, Boise State University

[This article was originally published in The Conversation.]

With spring settling in across the U.S. and days lengthening, many people are ready to spend more time outside. But ... Read more