Trail advice

The joy of PCT section hiking

The achivement of a lifetime. Sitting at the northern terminus of the Pacific Crest Trail. Thinking about section-hiking? Do it!

By Tom Bache. This story originally appeared in our member magazine, the PCT Communicator. You too can receive the magazine. Join today.

Many stories about the Pacific Crest Trail experience focus on the thru-hiker. Of course, these are inspiring. But a thru-hike is only a dream for those (like me) ... Read more

Pack it in, pack it out

Photo of a rotting banana peel left outside on a stup

At this point, it’s become obvious that the PCTA has been sharing a great deal of information over the course of the last year regarding Leave No Trace principles and strategies for limiting your impacts upon the PCT and your fellow trail users.

As use of the PCT and the ... Read more

The case for being a trail mentor

By Arthur McMahon

Share your wilderness experience and knowledge with others. Inspire future generations of adventurers and grow the outdoor community. Lead friends on a day hike or motivate them to visit a national park by sharing your experience. Be a trail mentor.

My greatest mentor was my fiancée, Jill. ... Read more

The single biggest mistake made while preparing for a thru-hike

Photo by: Carly Moree

Hikers dedicate months, if not years, to readying themselves for their shot at thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. They dump thousands of dollars into state-of-the-art ultralight gear. They cook, dehydrate, pack and ship dozens of boxes full of food. They adopt strenuous workout regimens to ready their bodies for the ... Read more