Your Guide to Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Trail Angels

If you are section or thru-hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in 2019 (or know someone who is), you’ll want to read, bookmark, or print this story to note some trail angels that confirmed they will be angeling in 2019.

These trail angels want you to visit them and/or reach out for any support you may need during your hike.

Who We Contacted

The Trek surveyed well-known trail angels, some met by the writer on her thru-hike and others listed in online resources (e.g., Facebook’s PCT Trail Angel page, Facebook’s Pacific Crest Trail Angels page, and trailangellist.org). 

We sent a survey to 84 trail angels and we heard back from 34 trail angels in these responses who confirmed they are angeling in 2019. (See a condensed version of the list below with location and contact info, at the end of this article).

Trail angels Donna and Jeff Saufley run Hiker Heaven, a stop at Agua Dulce (mile 454) where hikers can sleep, stock up on water, do laundry, send mail, resupply in town, repair/sew broken gear. and even get rides to REI.

A List of Confirmed Angels for 2019

This list includes helpful information for hikers (and loved ones) to meet and utilize these trail angels throughout a thru-hike or section hike on the PCT in 2019.

This list is not to be the definitive or exhaustive list of all the PCT’s trail angels–that would be impossible and would spoil some surprises along the trail.

It does include information that these angels shared directly with us, including their location (state, mile marker, trail town), the type of trail angeling they provide (housing/camping, food, receiving packages, stocking water caches, rides to trail, etc.), contact info (email, phone number), and other interesting information (number of years as trail angel, personal history as a trail angel).

*If you are a PCT trail angel who would still like to be included in the list, you can still do so by completing the survey here.

Barney “Scout” and Sandy “Frodo” Mann are two of the PCT’s most well-known, longtime, and generous trail angels. After their own PCT thru-hike, they began opening their home (pictured) in San Diego, CA, to host, feed, and drive hikers to the trailhead in Campo, CA, to start their northbound (NOBO) hikes.

Forms of Trail Angeling on the PCT

Trail angels on the PCT provide countless forms of trail magic and generosity for hikers, including offering their yards and homes for camping/bunking, rides to and from the trailhead, food, shelter or respite from the elements, receiving resupply boxes, leaving trail magic at a trailhead, stocking water caches in the desert, or even allowing you to fill up on water at their home.The latter is one of the most necessary, thankless, and anonymous gestures of trail magic on the PCT.

Water caches like this one are stocked by trail angels–many whom hikers never see or meet– at several points in the Southern California section of the PCT (700 miles). The desert is dry and scarce for natural water sources and trail angels are vital for stocking water caches and offering their homes or businesses as places where hikers can fill up on water (for free). Trail angels helping with water in the desert are a lifeline to hikers.

Finding Trail Angels Not on the List

In addition to this list, The Trek encourages hikers to utilize resources like Facebook groups, the comments feature in the Guthook app, trailangellist.org, hiker blogs, word of mouth, and even signs and posted in trail towns.

There are so many ways to find trail angels on the PCT when you need or want to find them. Keeping your ears and eyes open and asking around will help, too!

Aside from these trail angels, hikers are guaranteed to meet trail angels on the PCT not listed here.

Many angels don’t plan on being trail angels until they meet a section or thru-hiker and learn of the opportunity (a ride, hosting a hiker at their home, offering a home cooked meal, stocking a water cache, etc.). You can read more guidance from the Pacific Crest Trail Association’s (PCTA) on their page on trail angels and trail magic.

For new angels, we encourage hikers to help them understand how to be known by other hikers should they want to be (e.g., adding their name to online lists mentioned above,  in Guthook’s comments feature, or placing a flyer in town).

Mama Bear (center), her husband (left), and Ice (right) are longtime PCT trail angels who provide trail magic under I-10 near mile 209.5, set up camp chairs and offer food, water, baby wipes and “other things hikers like” at different times during the hiking season. Mama Bear also offers each hiker a “hug from Mama Bear,” as she did to me in 2017.

A Call to Aspiring Trail Angels

Anyone can be a trail angel for a day, a season, or longer. No application. No prerequisites.

If you are a hiker (not thru-hiking this season), a loved one of a hiker, a non-hiker, you too, can be a trail angel this season or anytime in the future for the PCT or any trail. Trail angeling is an opportunity to give back, find connection with great people, and be a part of something meaningful if even just for the cost of a case of soda or a ride to town.

If you are not near the PCT, we encourage you to feel empowered and invited to provide an act of trail magic or trail angeling at some point if the opportunity arises. It just might change your life and another hiker’s.

The relationship between hikers and trail angels keeps a tradition of friendship, magic, and karma alive. Trail angels often say the act is one that rewards the giver as much as the receiver. And hikers often say it is the thing that restores their faith in humanity.

The Trek’s 2019 PCT Trail Angel survey, websites mentioned in this piece or any resource in PCT trail towns (e.g., gear outfitters, trailhead sign boards, libraries, bars, restaurants, churches, post office) are easy ways to advertise a trail angel, too, with a basic flyer. Trail towns like Wrightwood, CA, and Bend, OR, even maintain flyers at the trailhead and in town listing lots of trail angels in town.

If nothing else, smile when you meet a hiker and ask, “How can I help you?” These are magic words to a hiker. You will make their day, maybe even their hike, and you’ll get to know another part of the PCT and the community around it.

Dr. Jana “Cinnabun” Mulvaney (blue tank top) is a trail angel who stocks 300 to 1,000 liters of water at a cache in Southern California. She will support hikers anywhere between miles 600 and 704 during the season should they need anything.

Angels with A Long History

The Trek’s list, below, includes many longtime, legendary trail angels (Scout and Frodo, the Saufleys, the Andersons, Jerry Dinsmore and Ravensong) on the PCT who bookend the southern and northern stretches of the PCT.

These iconic angels are cornerstones of the PCT, a network and tradition of trail angels and ongoing fountains of generosity for hundreds of hikers each season. Their support is especially important because Southern California and Northern Washington are mentally arduous and physically dangerous due to weather and water while also being critical times on a thru-hiker’s journey—the beginning and the end points of the trail.

Please Note: The Trek considers all trail angels as legends. In this piece we know we miss the ability to describe all of them here. Please excuse us for not being able to do so

Trail angels Donna and Jeff Saufley run Hiker Heaven, a stop at Agua Dulce (mile 454) where hikers can camp in their yard, stock up on water, hang out, do laundry, send and receive mail, resupply in town, repair/sew broken gear, and even get rides to REI. Not pictured are their large patio area and garage for hanging out, and an indoor area for showering, relaxing, playing music and watching movies.

Legendary, Longtime PCT Angels

In southern California, Barney “Frodo” and Sandy “Scout” Mann typically host upward of 1,000 hikers in San Diego between March and May for the start of their hike; Donna and Jeff Saufley of Hiker Heaven host up to 50 hikers per day between March and June; Terrie and Joe Anderson of Casa de Luna in Southern California  usually see hikers the day before (for SOBOs) or day after (NOBOs) for the Saufleys and allow camping in their forested backyard, serve a taco salad dinner, a pancake breakfast and provide lots of laughter each night.

The Manns, the Saufleys and the Andersons told us that the next two years (2020 being the last) will be their final years as trail angels in order “…to make room for new angels,” said Donna Saufley.

In Washington state, Jerry (and until recently, his late wife, Andrea) Dinsmore host hikers with a bunkhouse known as “Hiker Haven.”  Jerry said he and Andrea got involved as angels after he retired and they moved back to his childhood town. He said he missed seeing people and telling stories. They opened their place to hikers from all over the world, hosting barbecues, and sharing trail stories. He says, “We love this community.”

Carolyn “Ravensong” Burkhart is a legend herself as the first known woman to solo thru-hike the trail in 1976. She gives back by hosting hikers at her home and an adjacent building known as Ravensong’s Roost  where hikers can camp outside under the stars or stay indoors.

Carolyn “Ravensong” Burkhart (white shirt) is the first woman known to solo thru-hike the PCT in 1976. She is a trail angel in Mazama, WA, at her home that she calls Ravensong’s Roost. She invites hikers to stop by, stay overnight either inside the Hiker’s Hut, pictured, adjacent to her home or “camp out back under the stars and among the ponderosa pine trees.”

A Mom-Like Reminder: Say “Thank You”

A major force behind the warmth and friendship on the PCT is trail angels. Their acts and personalities inject kindness, selflessness and generosity onto the trail and a lasting impression that hikers then put back into the world.

The majority of the PCT’s angels and those we heard from do so for free and simply out of the kindness of their hearts. Many spend large sums of their own money, gas, and time to support hikers.

Similar to Leave No Trace (LNT) or any best practice on trail, The Trek encourages hikers to stay grateful and gracious to trail angels before, during, and after your hike.

We suggest taking pictures to remember the faces of trail angels you meet–you will be glad to have photos for memories, stories and maybe to send a “thank you” postcard at the end of your hike. Collecting their names and contact info is a helpful way to keep in touch.

Trail angels often say they love getting postcards or hearing from hikers after their hikes are complete. Sometimes hikers even establish lasting connections with trail angels or develop a chance to pay-it-forward.

Doug Anderson, a retired choral teacher (kneeling) is a longtime trail angel in Trout Lake, WA, on the PCT who does one of the most vital and common forms of angeling: shuttling hikers to and from the trail. Like many trail angels, I found his name on a list of trail angels in the Trout Lake Grocery.

The Trail Angels

The trail angels we heard from are below in a condensed version of this master list here (link includes more details from each angel).

California

San Diego / Campo (Mile 0 NOBO)

Scout and Frodo

How to contact[email protected] OR Scout & Frodo website 

Service(s)Providing house/camping in our backyard/host at southern terminus; pack shakedowns; dinner/breakfast provided; rides from San Diego Airport to our home in San Diego and to southern terminus trailhead in Campo; accepts packages by mail (see here for address).

Dates in service: 3/22/19 – 5/17/19

Larry “Commander” and Cathy “Shiver”

How to contact: [email protected]

Service(s): Rides from San Diego Airport or to hiker’s hotel; rides to southern terminus in Campo. Also provides rides within the San Diego area, pack shakedowns or hiker chats over beers at local breweries.

Dates in service: 3/2/19 – 12/23/19

 

Julian (Mile 77 NOBO)

Stingray

How to contact[email protected]

Service(s): Set up chairs, shade structure, provide food/drinks/first aid/supplies; accept packages by mail (see here for address).

Dates in service: 3/30/19 -/ 06/30/19

 

Idyllwild (Mile 179.4 NOBO)

Tilly

How to contact: [email protected] OR 760-601-5472

Service(s): Provide housing; allow hikers to stay or camp, use showers. As a fellow traveler, Westfalia van owner and camping enthusiast I enjoy helping the hikers.

Dates in service: 3/1/19 – 5/15/19

 

Big Bear Lake/Big Bear City (Mile 266 NOBO)

Big Bear Hostel

How to contact:  [email protected] OR 909-866-8900

Service(s): Hostel hosting 500-1000 hikers per year. Providing rides to and from to trailhead each morning. We are a commercial lodge open all year but cater to PCT hikers during peak season (April – mid-June).

Dates in service: 4/1/19 – 6/15/19

 

Big Bear City (Mile 266 NOBO)

Papa Smurf and Mountain Momma

How to contact: [email protected] OR 909-800-7028 OR 909-800-7029

Service(s): Provide camping at our house/property.

Dates in service: 3/1/19 – 12/1/2019

 

Marianne “Silver Dream Genie” Lins

How to contact: [email protected] OR 310-597-6363

Service(s): I have a huge yard available for camping and a car for rides. Up to 6 hikers can also reserve our cabin.

Dates in service: 4/23/19 – 9/1/2019

 

Wrightwood (Mile 369 NOBO)

Angel Elizabeth

How to contact[email protected] OR 760-617-6458

Service(s):  Rides from bottom of Mount Baden Powell/Inspiration Point to Wrightwood town post office/hardware store. Helps hikers also find lodging and resupply locations in town. Assists day, section and thru-hikers.

Dates in service: 3/1/19 – 10/10/2019

2Pack & Turtle Down

How to contact[email protected] OR 951-616-8771

Service(s): Providing housing in town for hikers to stay overnight.

Dates in service: 5/7/2019 – 7/7/2019

 

Agua Dulce (Mile 454.4 NOBO)

The Saufleys (Donna & Jeff) of “Hiker Heaven”

How to contactHiker Heaven website [email protected] OR 661-402-5000

Service(s): Provide camping at our house/property; rides to town for resupply; laundry, gear repair, receive mail/resupply boxes; large area for hikers to relax, socialize, play music, camp and stay for a night or two.

Dates in service: 3/1/19 – 6/30/2019

 

Green Valley (Mile 478.6 NOBO)

Terrie & Joe Anderson of “Casa de Luna”

How to contact[email protected] OR 661-270-0155 OR Casa de Luna Facebook page 

Service(s): Provide camping at our house/property; taco salad dinner and pancake breakfast; large area for hikers to relax, socialize, play music, camp and stay for a night or two.

Dates in service: 3/1/19 – 6/30/2019

 

Tehachapi (Mile 566 NOBO)

Frances Riggs

How to contact[email protected] OR 661-823-4501

Service(s): Provide occasional camping at my house/property (including meals, laundry, private bath for two), transportation and small yard for camping. Hosting is for women or committed couple only, depending on advance notice by email.

 

Rachel Newkirk

How to contact[email protected]

Service(s): Passing on kindness from strangers, that I received, when I was a weary traveler.

Dates in service: 4/10/19 – 9/30/2019

 

Kathryn Stuckey

How to contact[email protected] OR 661-822-5464

Service(s): Provide rides to/from trail.

Dates in service: 4/1/19 – 10/31/2019

 

John and Liz Miller

How to contact[email protected] OR 661-212-2071

Service(s): Provide rides to/from trail.

Dates in service: 3/1/19 – 12/1/2019

 

Walker Pass/Lake Isabella/Ridgecrest (Mile 650 NOBO)

April “Alzheimers” Turner 

How to contact[email protected] OR 760-780-5174

Service(s): My kids and I love the hiker community and volunteering to help. We host hikers for the night and want to make a positive difference in the lives of the hikers we meet.

Dates in service: 3/1/2019 – 11/30/2019

 

Kennedy Meadows South (Mile 704 NOBO)

Dr. Jana “Cinnabun” Mulvaney

How to contact: [email protected] OR 310-529-8627 

Service(s): Stock water caches; rides or other support for hikers in need between Tehachapi (NOBO mile 560) and Kennedy Meadows South (NOBO mile 704).

Dates in service: 3/15/2019 – 12/1/2019

 

Lone Pine (Mile 745 NOBO)

Reggie at Hidden Valley Ranch

How to contact: [email protected] OR 760-876-5679

Service(s): Camping on lawn, BBQ, patio, warm solar shower, flush toilet, sink for laundry and dishes. Rides available to/from Horseshoe Meadow occasionally. No charges, donations accepted to defray propane costs.

Dates in service: 3/15/2019 – 12/1/2019

 

Bishop/Independence (Mile 750 NOBO)

Debra “Debi” M Rochester 

How to contact:  [email protected] OR 206-305-6104

Service(s): Provide rides to/from trail.

Dates in service: All season

 

Kennedy Meadows North/Sonora Pass (Mile 1016 NOBO)

Hippie Stix

How to contact: [email protected] OR 209-206-0368

Service(s):  Rides to and from Kennedy Meadows North. I also hand out my HIPPIE STIX GRANOLA BARS to ALL hikers I meet; provide food, drinks and powdered drink packs to all hikers I meet or in need. Also provide some medical and first aid for hikers who need it.

Dates in service: 5/4/2019 – 12/1/2019

 

Markleeville/Ebebetts Pass (Mile 1025 NOBO)

Maurice Costales

How to contact: [email protected] OR 707-249-5568

Service(s):  Trail Magic; feed hikers and provide rides/camp chairs to relax during trail magic.

Dates in service: 7/4/2019 (Fourth of July)

 

Auburn (Mile 1045 NOBO)

Mage 

How to contact[email protected] OR 916-205-3925 OR Limit Situation Trail Magic Facebook page

Service(s):  Feeding hikers. We have options for herbivores, carnivores, gluten free and vegan hikers. We have a crew that sets up BBQs, pizza ovens and hot gourmet food in the middle of nowhere. Look for us! Our Goal is to create some “space” for hikers by offering solace in a comforting environment, fresh, nutritious food and cold drinks. We do not accept donations from hikers but always welcome it through families, outside individuals and companies.

Dates in service: 6/15/2019 – 7/15/2019

 

Ebbetts Pass/Lake Tahoe (Mile 1046 NOBO)

Juniper

How to contact: [email protected]

Service(s):  Food, medical assistance if needed and rides to and from town and trail. I hike through around Fourth of July, when many PCT hikers come through our area, and hand out fresh strawberries, tangerines and slices of cheese and crackers. My brother David Odell was one of the first people to thru-hike the PCT. He later hiked the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) and Appalachian Trail (AT), too.

Dates in service: 7/1/2019 – 7/14/2019

 

Placerville (Mile 1100 NOBO)

Paul England

How to contact[email protected] OR 530-409-6885 (cell)

Service(s): Provide rides to/from trail — ranging south to Ebbetts Pass (mile 1046 NOBO) and north to Donner Pass. I also allow hikers to stay/camp overnight at my home in Placerville; accept packages by mail (see here for address).

Dates in service: 5/1/2019 – 10/1/2019

 

Truckee (Mile 1153 NOBO)

Kelley Murphy

How to contact: [email protected]

Service(s): Filling hiker boxes, some rides, helping with logistics by saving offers, names, other angels and sharing the info.

Dates in service: 5/1/2019 – 10/1/2019

Quincy/Chester (Mile 1317 NOBO)

Neoma “Winddancer” Wisdom

How to contact[email protected] OR 559-202-9530

Service(s): Hiker feed on trail. My husband and I camp out on the weekends on trail that we can and bring food to ring enough food for a small army of hikers; spent the night and serve dinner and breakfast to hikers.

Dates in service: 6/25/2019 – 7/25/2019

 

California-wide (Miles 0-700 NOBO)

Devilfish

How to contact[email protected] OR 703-473-5452

Service(s):  Follow the NOBO herd giving rides and stocking water caches as necessary, jumping up from Southern California (Socal) to Oregon around July 4th, continuing as circumstances dictate (e.g. wildfire season).

Dates in service: 3/20/2019 – 9/3/2019

 

Oregon

Ashland (Mile 1718 NOBO)

Scrappy

How to contact[email protected]

Service(s): Allow hikers to stay/camp overnight up to 2 nights at my home in downtown Ashland. Showers, laundry available and walking distance to post office and grocery.

Dates in service: 6/1/2019 – 9/30/2019

 

Bend (Mile 1950 NOBO)

Liana Ottaviano

How to contact: [email protected] OR 541-390-7859

Service(s): Provide camping at my house/property and showers, laundry (with loaner clothing), rides around town, sometimes beer and snacks, and have a hiker box – 2 night maximum with 6-8 people capacity.

Dates in service: 6/15/2019 – 9/30/2019 (excluding 7/24/2019 – 8/8/2019)

 

Ken “Legendary” Schmitz

How to contact: [email protected] OR 949-637-0960

Service(s): We provide rides to and from the trailhead and home cooked meals and gatherings. We love the spirit of the hikers and the trail (Ohana). We’re here to serve!!! We would love to feed you a GREAT meal!!!

Dates in service: 3/30/2019 – end of season

Sisters (Mile 1990/2000.9 NOBO)

Lou “York” Blanchard

How to contact[email protected] OR 503-703-2614

Service(s): Provide ride to/from Santiam Pass. Offer food,water & soda. Allow hikers to stay/camp overnight and shower. Beds available for limited number of hikers.

Dates in service: 5/1/2019 – 11/30/2019

Fred Trummel

How to contact[email protected] OR 503-509-9353

Service(s): Provide rides to/from trailhead, accept packages by mail (see here for address), laundry service. Occasional hot food and cold refreshments at trailhead. Will post on trail angel Facebook page the dates when I will do hiker feed trail magic. Also, bilingual and speaks fluent German. Text or Facebook messenger for assistance.

Dates in service: 5/15/2019 – 10/5/2019

 

Cascade Locks (Mile 2040 NOBO)

Kolya “Smiles” Shubert 

How to contact: [email protected] OR 404-955-5361

Service(s): Allow hikers to stay/camp overnight; provide rides to/from trailhead; accept packages by mail (see here for address). I do any and everything for the hikers.

Dates in service: 3/1/2019 – 1/1/2020

Anywhere in Oregon

Forrest “Madd Baker” Lemke

How to contact[email protected] OR 206-331-9638

Service(s): Provide rides to/from trailhead; mostly provide food and drink and rides sometimes, as needed. I’m a full time RVer and move north with the bubble roughly from Bend, OR to Rainy Pass, WA over 2 months.

Dates in service: 7/21/2019 – 9/28/2019

Washington

Chinook Pass and Greenwater (Mile 2324 NOBO)

Valerie and Jeff “Splash & Feed Sack” Coleman

How to contact[email protected]

Service(s): Provide rides to/from trailhead. Regularly stock a cooler with food and drinks at the cabin at Government Meadow

Dates in service: 6/1/2019 – 9/30/2019

 

Mazama/Winthrop (Mile 2,597 OR 2,630 NOBO)

Kit/Carolyn “Ravensong” Burkhart (1st woman to thru-hike the PCT)

How to contact: [email protected] OR 509-996-3228 (landline) Ravensong’s Roost website OR Ravensong’s Facebook page 

Service(s): Allow hikers to visit or stay/camp overnight at the end of their NOBO journey or the start of their SOBO journey. PCT and Pacific Northwest Trail (PNT) hikers can stay overnight inside at the Hiker’s Hut, too, or camp outside. The “Roost” is a free (but donations are appreciated, to help pay for a enhancements to the facilities including a washer dryer for hikers) place to camp or stay indoors, retreat from rough weather or wildfires and to learn alternate routes to help you safely complete your journey, if need be. The Mazama Store is next door with baked goods and homemade soup along with Goat’s Beard Mountain Supply offering hiking and mountaineering gear and accepting resupply packages (Goat’s Bear Mountain Supplies, c/o Hiker Name, 50 Lost River Rd., Mazama, WA 98833). I love meeting and helping other PCTers and feel honored to do this! It’s a real joy to me and our community, which gets more and more excited each year. The Roost is used as a base camp for folks doing trail magic at Rainy Pass and Harts Pass.

Dates in Service: 6/1/2019 – 10/31/2019

 

Steven’s Pass (Mile 2,450)

Jerry Dinsmore 

How to contact: [email protected] OR 206-954-2521 (cell) OR Hiker Haven Facebook page

Service(s): Hikers are welcome to Hiker Haven — camp outside or stay indoors in a bunkhouse, to cook, do laundry, borrow loaner clothes, bedding and shower. Providing rides to the Skykomish Post Office to pick-up resupply boxes, to the local restaurant and every other day for a ride to the grocery for resupply. Firewood and fire pit for bonfires, BBQ available and burgers usually available from Jerry. Donations are appreciated to keep things running.

Dates in Service: 7/1/2019 – 9/30/2019

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Comments 2

  • Kim Kremer : Apr 5th

    Last fall, The Hubs was waiting to pick me up on US 2 in Washington. He knew he had a few hours to kill, so he spent the afternoon ferrying through hikers between Stevens Pass & Skykomish, and making sure they knew about the Mountaineers’ Lodge & its gear-drying room. (It was incredibly wet last September, and every thru hiker I encountered told me all of their gear was soaked.) Health issues mean he can no longer hike himself, so being a trail angel for an afternoon was a chance for him to reconnect with an area he loves. I’ve been the recipient of trail magic, and I know how grateful hikers are when they encounter it, but those of us who act as trail angels are thankful for the opportunity to do so.

    I plan to hike sections of the PCT in Washington this summer, and that will involve him picking me up & taking me back to where I left my truck. I imagine he’s already looking forward to having smiling, stinky strangers riding in his car with him.

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  • Liana : Jul 7th

    The list above (on the webpage, not the Google spreadsheet) has the incorrect contact information for Fred Trummel (his is copied from my contact information). Please correct it when you have a chance. Thanks!

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