leave no trace

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

Meet the 2016 Crest Runners

The Crest Runners stand at the Southern Terminus of the Pacific Crest Trail. They work for Cleveland National Forest.

The Cleveland National Forest is hosting two Crest Runners for the first 100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in Southern California. This is the second year of the 12-week Crest Runner program based in the Descanso Ranger District in Alpine.

Jules Fijolek and Brandon Norris are U.S. Forest Service ... Read more

PCT advice: plan ahead and prepare

Staying in the center of the trail, even when it's wet, helps keep trailside wildflowers vibrant once they bloom later in the year. By planning ahead and preparing, you might choose to hike in boots when it's wet, or delaying your trip. Photo by Andrew Geweke.

The first principle of Leave No Trace is to plan ahead and prepare which, when done thoroughly, can help ensure a safe and enjoyable trip into the backcountry that also minimizes your potential to damage sensitive landscapes and ecosystems.

When planning for a backcountry adventure, one of the first things ... Read more