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20 Amazing Pacific Crest Trail Photos to Help You Get Through the Week

20 Amazing Pacific Crest Trail Photos to Help You Get Through the Week

When it comes to our National Scenic Trails, the PCT undeniably lives up to this bland, yet telling title.  We asked you to help us prove it by submitting your...

Jul 22, 2020 : Owen Eigenbrot
Backpacking in America as a Person of Color: Hikers Share Their Experiences

Backpacking in America as a Person of Color: Hikers Share Their Experiences

Just a couple miles past the Mason-Dixon line during his Appalachian Trail thru-hike, Daniel White, aka The Blackalachian, and a female hiking partner decided to camp at Pen Mar Park....

May 14, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Using Art to Stay Connected to Trails While Social Distancing

Using Art to Stay Connected to Trails While Social Distancing

"Every time I paint a picture from the PCT I absolutely feel connected to the trail.  I started painting the PCT to keep part of the feeling of the trail...

Apr 14, 2020 : Katie Kommer
What It’s Like for 2020 Thru-Hikers Canceling Their Plans Because of COVID-19

What It’s Like for 2020 Thru-Hikers Canceling Their Plans Because of COVID-19

Within the past week, every community, industry, age range, and recreation subset has been flipped upside down. Everything from dinner reservations to planning for the entirety of 2020 has gone...

Mar 19, 2020 : The Editors
13 Thru-Hiking Films to Keep You Sane While Quarantining During the Coronavirus Outbreak

13 Thru-Hiking Films to Keep You Sane While Quarantining During the Coronavirus Outbreak

You're doing the socially responsible thing, but you're going crazy. Hopping between the couch and bed might be nice for an afternoon or one lazy weekend, but after a few...

Mar 16, 2020 : Katie Kommer
The Trek’s PCT Bloggers You Should Be Following on Instagram

The Trek’s PCT Bloggers You Should Be Following on Instagram

Each new thru-hiking season, The Trek enlists a squad of hiker trash to share their stories with us as they crush trail miles between Mexico and Canada. We have selected...

Mar 14, 2020 : Andrew Murphy
When Hiking a Long-Distance Trail Is the Road to Recovery

When Hiking a Long-Distance Trail Is the Road to Recovery

While serving in Iraq in the early 2000s, Will Robinson was rummaging through a box of books when he found an unlikely distraction: A guide to hiking the Pacific Crest...

Jan 9, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Wisdom from 2019 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. I)

Wisdom from 2019 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers (Pt. I)

We're interviewing two PCT thru-hikers who talked to us about packing out boxes of wine, high snow years, and shamanic demon urine rituals (yep).

Nov 20, 2019 : Samantha Olthof
Congrats to These 2019 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers: August 1 – 28

Congrats to These 2019 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hikers: August 1 – 28

Congratulations to all of the incredible 2019 finishers out there! Whether it is your first thru, or you've added another notch to your long-distance-backpacking belt, your accomplishment deserves to

Sep 4, 2019 : Rachel S
Pacific Crest Trail Section Profile: Northern California

Pacific Crest Trail Section Profile: Northern California

The Sierra have sloped away as hikers head into Northern California and enter the next mountain range on the PCT: the Cascades. Unlike the sharp granite peaks of the Sierra...

Jul 23, 2019 : Samantha Olthof