Trail advice

Through Hiking

The PCTA is sponsoring Crystal’s Footprints for Change Hike for Justice this summer on the Pacific Crest Trail portion of the Great Western Loop. Crystal is sharing her experience to encourage members of the PCT community to become more aware and more mindful of ourselves. We hope that you respect ... Read more

Imagining the PCT in a changed climate

Editor’s note: The following article by Julio Araujo appeared in our Communicator magazine in 2017. We thought it was prescient, as aspects of the scenario the author predicted three years ago are happening now. On May 4, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) officially shifted the baseline for “normal” ... Read more

Be Prepared for Trail Closures on the PCT in 2021

We’re only a week away from the beginning of the 2021 PCT long-distance hiking season. Soon, people will start their long-distance journeys from the PCT’s Southern Terminus in Campo, California. And while it’s an exciting time for aspiring section and thru hikers, it’s just as important as ever to take ... Read more

Doug Laher’s call for safety in memory of his son Trevor

Nothing matters more than your safe return from the PCT. Be prepared. Please take the trail’s dangers seriously. Understand and manage the risks so you can get out safely. We’re so grateful to Doug for turning his tragedy into a lesson for us all.

A son’s newfound passion for hiking... Read more