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2021 PCT Long-distance Permits Will be Issued; Portal to Open January 19

2021 PCT Long-distance Permits Will be Issued; Portal to Open January 19

The Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA) announced on January 5 that 2021 PCT Long-distance Permits will be issued at normal levels starting January 19th at 10:30 am PT. The decision...

Jan 5, 2021 : Kelly Floro
A Complete List of Individual Permits Needed to Hike the PCT

A Complete List of Individual Permits Needed to Hike the PCT

Every (normal) year, prospective PCT thru-hikers queue up in an online waiting room to apply for a PCT Long-distance Permit. This interagency pass is aimed at trail users who plan...

Jan 5, 2021 : Kelly Floro
Uncertainty and Strife: Thru-Hiking Permits in the Time of COVID-19

Uncertainty and Strife: Thru-Hiking Permits in the Time of COVID-19

As 2020 winds down, a third wave of COVID-19 infections is engulfing the United States, with the number of daily cases more than tripling over the previous August high and...

Dec 17, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Which Triple Crown Trail is Right For You? Choosing Between the AT, PCT, and CDT

Which Triple Crown Trail is Right For You? Choosing Between the AT, PCT, and CDT

At almost 8,000 miles, the Triple Crown trails of the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail and Continental Divide Trail are some of the best hiking in the world. No matter...

Nov 4, 2020 : Eloise Robbins
A Guide to Volcano Loop Hikes in the Pacific Northwest

A Guide to Volcano Loop Hikes in the Pacific Northwest

Dotted with wildflower-filled meadows, stunning waterfalls, and inviting alpine lakes, these Cascade volcano loop hikes belong on every backpacker’s bucket list.

Oct 8, 2020 : Jen Datka
Bear Canisters: Which Fit in Which Packs, Where You Need Them, and How to Pack One

Bear Canisters: Which Fit in Which Packs, Where You Need Them, and How to Pack One

So you need to bring a bear canister on your next backpacking trip. Find out how to be comfortable while keeping your food and bears safe.

Sep 29, 2020 : Owen Eigenbrot
Why Are the 2020 Wildfires so Bad, and How Will They Affect the PCT?

Why Are the 2020 Wildfires so Bad, and How Will They Affect the PCT?

The American West is burning—but then, you probably already knew that. Even if you’re not one of the millions who currently live in eerie, red, smoke-darkened proximity to the flames...

Sep 24, 2020 : Kelly Floro
Meet Barney “Scout” Mann: Triple Crowner, Trail Angel, Author

Meet Barney “Scout” Mann: Triple Crowner, Trail Angel, Author

Few people have hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail, and Appalachian Trail. Known as Triple Crowners, those who carry this title are known throughout the trail community. Barney

Sep 21, 2020 : Tara Ritchey
Best of Southern California Backpacking and Day Hiking

Best of Southern California Backpacking and Day Hiking

I've lived in Southern California for five years and still feel like I'm scratching the surface of available adventure around me. The beaches are great, but within three hours of...

Sep 9, 2020 : Katie Kommer
Most of PCT Closed in California and Oregon, Warning Issued for Washington as Fires Rage Across West

Most of PCT Closed in California and Oregon, Warning Issued for Washington as Fires Rage Across West

Wildfires spreading ferociously across the West have shut down national forests and most of the Pacific Crest Trail in California and Oregon. Fires are also threatening the trail in

Sep 7, 2020 : Kelly Floro