Updates Announced for Southern California on the PCT
Attention all prospective 2015 PCT thru-hikers!
The Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA) has just announced a slew of new improvements and updates that are going to be hitting the PCT this season. With mere months before numerous would-be hikers pack their bags and make for Campo it’s important that these updates concerning the southern California region of the trail reach as many hikers as possible. More specifically the PCTA has laid out updates concerning:
- Improvements for the permits system for northbound hikers including online application improvements as well as a new method for administering permits.
- The Crest Runner Program – Seems intended to act similar to the Ridge Runners on the Appalachian Trail.
- PCTA’s trail maintenance focus for the region.
- A restoration plan for the southern terminus of the PCT.
You can head over to the PCTA’s announcement post for more detailed information.
It’s no secret that the PCT has been exponentially growing in popularity over the last few years–something that is not expected to change in the near future. While it’s an exciting prospect that so many more people are being introduced to the PCT and want to share in the amazing opportunities it offers up, unless adequate preparations are made increased traffic has the potential to also cause great harm to both the trail itself and hiker experiences. As a result, many of these improvements have been rolled out to help prepare for this reality in the hopes of protecting the fragile environments the trail passes through as well as amazing experience the PCT offers visitors.
Thru-hiking season is almost upon us, but there is always more work to be done! While its always more fun to nerd out about gear be sure not to neglect the more logistical side of your adventure. Education is vital! Before hitting the trail this spring make sure you arm yourself with all the information you can. Doing so will not only help ensure your own safety, but the safety of others, and the PCT itself. Don’t forget to spread the word!
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