Pacific Crest Trail

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 & Michael Ivey
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
It’s the Final Countdown, and I’ve Never Felt Less Prepared

It’s the Final Countdown, and I’ve Never Felt Less Prepared

instagram: @Woman’s Solo Hiking Trip Shockingly Doesn’t Have To Do With Inner Journey Or Anything) but I’ve come up short, probably due in no small part to the fact that...

Mar 30, 2019 : MC
To All the Friends and Family I’ve Scared Before

To All the Friends and Family I’ve Scared Before

My name is MC. I'm hiking NOBO (northbound) on the PCT. I'm 25 and from Chicago, IL, and I've got some explaining to do. 1. What on earth is the...

Mar 30, 2019 : MC
Your Guide to Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Trail Angels

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...

Mar 27, 2019 : Laura Johnston
Why Overpreparing for a Thru-Hike Is Overrated

Why Overpreparing for a Thru-Hike Is Overrated

I’d say we’re all pretty lucky. We’re lucky to be hiking in a time when there are comprehensive and yearly updated guidebooks, water reports, and GPS apps at our fingertips,...

Mar 22, 2019 : Effie Drew
I Said No: Some Ramblings on Pre-Trail Anxiety

I Said No: Some Ramblings on Pre-Trail Anxiety

I sit at dinner with one of my older sisters and my parents. I’ve become bad at conversing, for thoughts of the PCT have consumed all of my available headspace....

Mar 21, 2019 : Sam Cooper
What’s in My Life, and on My Back

What’s in My Life, and on My Back

Indulging the inner obsessive and researcher, I had a lot of fun figuring out what gear I would take. As my goal to hike the PCT was my first real...

Mar 7, 2019 : Riley Gibbison