New App Offers Real-Time PCT Closure Updates

In a significant development for PCT thru-hikers, the Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA) has launched a free smartphone app and website designed to keep hikers informed in real time about critical trail closures and updates.

The Pacific Crest Trail Closure App, available for free on both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, launched on June 25 and promises to be an indispensable tool for PCTers navigating a safe, successful thru-hike.

Key Features of the PCT Closures App

Packed with thoughtful features to enhance hikers’ experiences and ensure safety on the trail, the PCT Closures App offers:

Up-to-Date Closure Information

One of the standout features of the app is its ability to provide real-time updates on trail closures without service. This information, previously accessible only with internet access on the PCTA website, is now at your fingertips even when you’re deep in the backcountry. Stay informed about closures, trail damage, critical reroutes, and other updates, allowing you to plan and adjust your hike accordingly. 

Online and Offline Maps

Navigating remote sections of the PCT can be challenging, especially without signal. Now, access vital mapping information regardless of your connectivity with detailed online maps that can be saved offline for later reference.

Essential Safety Information

The dynamic nature of the PCT means conditions can change rapidly. Whether it’s due to wildfires, flooding, or other hazards, safety on trail is paramount. Gain peace of mind by staying informed and avoiding potentially dangerous areas.

A Vital PCT Resource

The launch of the PCT Closures App makes it easier than ever to stay informed and safe on the trail. The best part of all? It’s totally free. Whether you’re embarking on a thru-hike, section hike, or day hike, the PCTA has designed this app to be a reliable companion (and conducive to a hiker trash budget). It’s not just about avoiding inconveniences; the information provided could be life-saving in some cases.

The app is available for download now, and the accompanying website can be accessed at

Featured image: SĂ©bastien Goldberg via Unsplash

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Comments 1

  • Yam : Jun 28th

    ONLY KIDDING. Maybe one day our phones can hike for us?


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