Trail news

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

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

Check out our photo contest winners for 2017

Sudden Magnitude

“Sudden Magnitude,” by Brad Goldpaint—one of the 2017 Photo Contest Overall winners.

Spring is in the air. Thru-hikers are tending to early blisters and making their way north. Trees are budding in the Pacific Northwest and the Sierra snowpack is melting, albeit stubbornly. And we have a new batch of ... Read more

After 17 years, Kick Off leaves more than footprints

In PCT thru-hiker circles, it’s been a tradition going back longer than most of us can remember.

The Annual Day Zero Pacific Crest Trail Kick Off — ADZPCTKO, we’ll call it Kick Off for short — brought together new distance hikers with seasoned veterans who shared their wisdom about everything ... Read more

Photo by: Nathaniel Middleton