Covid-19 Update: Enjoy the PCT Safely in 2021

Sunset and snowshoe tracks along the PCT in winter. Photo by Alex Gaber.

As we leave 2020 behind and look forward, we’re hopeful that 2021 will be a better year for all of us. Even while the Covid-19 pandemic continues, getting outdoors is good for our spirit and health. We encourage everyone to spend time on the Pacific Crest Trail—and do so in a way that minimizes risk to ourselves and to others.

To help, we’ve published guidance for visiting the PCT during the pandemic. Please read it. We encourage you to limit your PCT travel to short trips in your home region that do not require resupply. There are countless amazing weekend or week-long trips along the PCT. By staying local, you reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission. Staying close to home and not mixing with others is crucial to decreasing COVID-19 transmissions, hospitalizations and deaths.

And remember: PCT travel is non-essential. Please comply with local, state, and federal guidelines and laws.

Winter can be a spectacular time of year to enjoy the PCT, particularly when the trail and surrounding mountains are blanketed in snow (see the photo above!). Cross-country and backcountry skiing and snowshoeing are all rewarding activities on the PCT in winter if done safely. You can learn more in our blog post about winter recreation.

With Your Support, Our Work for the PCT Goes On

Despite the pandemic and with your support, the PCTA has continued championing the trail:

PCT Long-Distance Permits for 2021 are Being Issued

The USDA Forest Service decided to issue long-distance permits for the 2021 Pacific Crest Trail season. For more details, read our blog post.

Thanks Again For Your Support!

Thanks to all of you again for your continued support—and we hope you remain safe and healthy. Spring and summer are on their way!


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