Pacific Crest Trail

A Thru-Hiker’s Thoughts on Finality

A Thru-Hiker’s Thoughts on Finality

Before I begin, please allow me to apologize for not posting in the last 500 miles—I did not realize how challenging it would carve out a few hours during a...

Jun 9, 2019 : Sam Cooper
Mountains and Magic: Contemplations and Introspection

Mountains and Magic: Contemplations and Introspection

Out of Town and Up the Mountain It was fairly difficult leaving Wrightwood, CA. Two nights of big meals and relaxation are sure to make you lazy. I finally got...

May 22, 2019 : Benjamin Martin
Vignettes of Pain, Homesickness, and Abounding Joy

Vignettes of Pain, Homesickness, and Abounding Joy

It is utterly impossible to summarize my experience over these past ten days in a blog post. It's utterly impossible to summarize my experience in my journal at night, and...

May 9, 2019 : Sam Cooper
Stories from the Trail: Tyler “Hiking Prodigy” Lau, First Person of Color to Hike Calendar Triple Crown

Stories from the Trail: Tyler “Hiking Prodigy” Lau, First Person of Color to Hike Calendar Triple Crown

Raising Awareness Triple Crown Style Some trail names demand a backstory, while others need no explanation. When you meet someone called Billy Goat or Legend, for instance, it's safe to...

Apr 30, 2019 : Gary Sizer
Blogpost, Pt. I: Hiking to Feel at “Home”

Blogpost, Pt. I: Hiking to Feel at “Home”

Hi! Hello! Pearl here! This spring I am starting my northbound (NOBO) thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). My start date: April 24, 2019. I will be starting my second thru-hike....

Apr 21, 2019 : Pearl
Stories from the Trail: Second Chance Hiker

Stories from the Trail: Second Chance Hiker

Long-distance hiking is hard enough when you're a little overweight. Hard, but not impossible. After all, look at how many people use thru-hiking as a way to do just that....

Apr 18, 2019 : Gary Sizer
My PCT Dreams and Why I’m No Longer Hiking

My PCT Dreams and Why I’m No Longer Hiking

I planned to start hiking the PCT on April 18 (my birthday), but now I can’t. PCT Dreams I’ve spent a lot of the last two years dreaming about the...

Apr 17, 2019 : Jenna Duesterhoeft
Shakedown on the Skyway Loop to Prep for the PCT

Shakedown on the Skyway Loop to Prep for the PCT

After doing a couple of shakedown hikes (the most helpful being the Skyway Loop in Alabama), I've realized why they are so important as prep for a Pacific Crest Trail...

Apr 16, 2019 : Elise Ott
The PCT Arrives Front and Center in This Hiker’s Life

The PCT Arrives Front and Center in This Hiker’s Life

I didn’t have a plan for life when I got done with the AT in 1977. Bad move on my part. The AT was as far as my planning ever...

Apr 1, 2019 : Beerman
The PCT, Finally; A Dream that Wouldn’t Die

The PCT, Finally; A Dream that Wouldn’t Die

I can hardly believe it, but starting on April 3, this hiker will begin tackling the entire Pacific Crest Trail in one continuous push. From the dusty outpost of Campo...

Apr 1, 2019 : Beerman