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PCT Week 8: Entering the Sierra

PCT Week 8: Entering the Sierra

Off to Kennedy Meadows It is finally time, I’m headed towards the Sierra. I have been looking forward to this section since I started my journey and Kennedy Meadows South...

Jun 17, 2022 : Thomas Allie
How to Get to the PCT Southern Terminus

How to Get to the PCT Southern Terminus

Getting to the PCT Southern Terminus from San Diego is not hard to do, either by public transit or by using established trail angels in the San Diego area.

Apr 28, 2022 : Penina Satlow
7 Reasons to Section Hike the PCT (Instead of Thru-Hiking)

7 Reasons to Section Hike the PCT (Instead of Thru-Hiking)

The Pacific Crest Trail has grown in popularity in the past decade. Some attribute this to the popularity of Wild (both the 2012 book and the 2014 movie). Some say it's because...

Mar 29, 2022 : Penina Satlow
How to Hike the PCT on a Budget

How to Hike the PCT on a Budget

Hey there, I’m Zebra. I thru-hiked the PCT NOBO in 2017 and SOBO in 2018. And I am going to give you all my tips and tricks of how to...

Mar 16, 2022 : Jenn Wall
9 Mistakes I Made on my PCT LASH (Spoiler: Everything Still Turned Out OK)

9 Mistakes I Made on my PCT LASH (Spoiler: Everything Still Turned Out OK)

No hiker does everything perfectly. Last summer, I hiked over 500 miles of the PCT in the desert and the Sierra Nevada. Before my hike, there were plenty of popular...

Feb 9, 2022 : Penina Satlow
How to Navigate the Sierra in a High Snow Year

How to Navigate the Sierra in a High Snow Year

Hi, I'm Zebra. I thru-hiked the PCT in 2017— which just so happened to be a high snow year on the PCT, with the snowpack in the Sierra 200% above...

Feb 1, 2022 : Jenn Wall
The PCT Thru-Hike Checklist: 29 Things To Do Before You Start

The PCT Thru-Hike Checklist: 29 Things To Do Before You Start

Getting ready for a thru-hike is a daunting process. Unplugging from the stress of day-to-day life for a multi-month trek sounds incredible, but first, you have to actually get to...

Nov 18, 2021 : Kelly Floro
After This Year’s Fire Season, Is a Southbound PCT Thru-Hike Still Possible?

After This Year’s Fire Season, Is a Southbound PCT Thru-Hike Still Possible?

Let's not beat around the (burning) bush: wildfire season in the west is starting earlier every year, and it's lasting longer. It has become increasingly common to see hikers wearing...

Oct 13, 2021 : J. Taylor Bell
How To Score a PCT Long-distance Permit

How To Score a PCT Long-distance Permit

It's that time of year again. The Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA) will open the PCT Long-distance Permit application on Tuesday, November 9th at 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time. In the...

Oct 7, 2021 : Kelly Floro
The Beginner’s Guide To Desert Hiking

The Beginner’s Guide To Desert Hiking

Hooray! Your first desert vacation is booked and on the calendar. As you begin prepping your boots and letting dreams of red rocks fill your head, it’s important to start...

Jul 20, 2021 : Colleen Goldhorn