If you are travelling 500 continuous miles or more in a single trip, you may apply for this permit. If your trip on the Pacific Crest Trail is less than 500 miles, and requires a permit, please apply for one from the local land management agency. Please read all of the permit specifics and requirements before submitting your application. Also, take a moment to review the PCT Leave No Trace guidelines. It is our shared passion that will keep the Pacific Crest Trail the high quality experience that it is.
Opening dates for the PCT long-distance permit:
Starting at or near the Mexican border (both thru-hikers and section hikers)
These permits are limited to 50 people per day. We will release these permits in two phases, so if you miss getting a permit in the first phase, you’ll have the opportunity to try again.
- On January 24 at 10:30 a.m. PST, 35 permits per day will become available.
- On February 13 at 10:30 a.m. PST, the remaining 15 permits per day will become available.
Starting elsewhere (Southbound thru-hikers and other section hike itineraries)
We’ll start accepting permit applications on February 13 at 10:30 a.m. PST.
Do not fill out the application more than once. Doing so may result in the cancellation of your application.
Permit application confirmation
Congratulations on submitting your application! Truly, we share your excitement for the Pacific Crest Trail.
You have applied for a PCT Long-distance permit. This screen is NOT your permit and you have not yet been issued one.
We will be sending you a series of emails. Soon, you should have one in your email inbox noting that your application was received. You might need to check your junk mail folder. Please mark emails from PCTA as “not junk”.
Once processed, you’ll receive another email with your permit as a PDF attachment. You’ll need to print it and carry a paper copy with you on the trail.
Travel safely and responsibly
Please take a moment to read the “Discover the Trail” section of our website. It’s full of important information about trip planning, safety and traveling lightly on the land.
As a long-distance hiker/horseback rider, you’ll be spending a large number of nights on the PCT and it’s very important for you to take extra steps to protect this special place. Please watch this video about Leave No Trace.