Celebrating 50 years of the PCT
as a National Scenic Trail.

Get published by PCTA

You’ve got a fantastic story, beautiful photos, a video, song or piece of art. We’ve got a huge audience of passionate Pacific Crest Trail lovers. Let’s connect the two.

We’re looking for meaningful stories that enlighten us, remind us of why this trail is valuable and what it brings to the world. The best of the best get published. Give back to trail by sharing your experience and insight through PCTA.

Chris Pickering donated this photo of his friend Cap'n Crunch. And he wrote this great caption, "This is Cap'n Crunch. He epitomizes the thru hiker in my opinion. Even swamped in mosquitos, he was still grinning ear to ear. We thru hiked the A.T. in 2012 not getting a chance to meet, only hearing of one another. And here, on the other side of the country in the middle of the forest surrounded by trees as thick as cars we were reunited much like a family would be. The thru hiking community is a tight knit group of people who are passionate about living and the relationships they make along the way. Our goal is not to run away, rather we are sprinting towards a lifestyle of exploration and the unknown. Why live in one place? There is far too much to see, learn, and experience to sit in one place for too long. Therefore, we hike."

Chris Pickering donated this photo and he wrote this great caption, “This is Cap’n Crunch. He epitomizes the thru-hiker in my opinion. Even swamped by mosquitos, he was still grinning ear to ear. We thru-hiked the A.T. in 2012 not getting a chance to meet, only hearing of one another. And here, on the other side of the country in the middle of the forest surrounded by trees as thick as cars we were reunited much like a family would be. The thru-hiking community is a tight-knit group of people who are passionate about living and the relationships they make along the way. Our goal is not to run away, rather we are sprinting towards a lifestyle of exploration and the unknown. Why live in one place? There is far too much to see, learn, and experience to sit in one place for too long. Therefore, we hike.”

Here’s what we’re looking for

  • Words – New insights, emotional perspectives, untold stories.
  • Videos Files that we can upload to our Facebook or Youtube channels. Exceptional wildlife moments. Fantastic stories. Well edited and shot.
  • Photography – Stunning pictures that we can use online and in print to help protect and promote the trail. Good composition, lighting, focus is a given. How does your photography capture the essence of the PCT?
  • Music – Sing a song, fiddle a tune. Share a file with us and let’s share it with the world.
  • Paintings, quilts, cakes, and more – This community’s creativity knows no limits. We’re constantly amazed by what you come up with. Have something? Let’s see it!

How to get published

Email Scott Wilkinson ([email protected]) and Mark Larabee ([email protected]) with your project or idea. If you have photography donations, upload them here. We can’t publish all ideas that come our way, so ask before you spend a lot of time working on something.

Remember, we run an annual photo contest. If you’d like to be entered in the contest, you should submit directly through that system as well.

If you have a large collection of photos you’d like to donate, email Scott Wilkinson for more on how best to get them to us.

PCT hiker hitchhiking

Donating your art is an act of trail magic. The PCT relies on your donations. Be the voice of the trail. Thank you! Photo by Chris Pickering

And wait, there’s more

Right now, we’re especially in need of some photos of:

  1. The Class of 2018 hiking across southern California.
  2. Hikers and trail town business employees interacting.
  3. The rainbow of the trail: photos showing the increasingly diverse and inclusive PCT community.
  4. Faces of people!
  5. Official PCT trail signs.
  6. Leave no trace issues.
  7. Kids having fun on the trail (with and without their parents in the photo)
  8. Day hikers
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