The Pacific Crest Trail Survey was conceived after my 2013 thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail.
Before hiking the PCT, I struggled to find information that was actually useful for planning a thru-hike. The Pacific Crest Trail is so many different things to so many different people, it’s hard to construct an idea of what your PCT hike may entail based on the reports of others. So why not attempt to consolidate all those experiences to give as accurate a picture of the trail as possible – based on data from hikers who have experienced the PCT firsthand?
Over the years, the survey has grown to be more than the loose collection of a couple hundred hikers’ responses it began as. With thousands of would-be thru-hiker hikers hitting the PCT every year, the survey has grown to encompass a variety of topics relevant to thru-hiking (or section hiking) the PCT. Every year, I try to improve the survey, the data collected, and the presentation to past and future hikers. I happily accept any and all suggestions for making this data more useful to all the extreme walking enthusiasts out there.
HIKING NEXT YEAR? If you plan on hiking the Pacific Crest Trail next year (or this year, depending on when you’re reading this), click here to sign up to receive the PCT Hiker Survey when it becomes available to hikers.
Please get in touch if you have any questions or comments.
Historical PCT Hiker Surveys
- PCT Hiker Survey: 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013
- PCT Gear Guide: 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016
- PCT Women’s Gear Guide: 2021, 2019
- PCT Couples’ Gear Guide: 2021, 2019
- PCT Resupply Guide: 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016
- PCT Horror Stories: 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017
- PCT Advice: 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014
- PCT Discrimination: 2021
- PCT Demographics: 2019, 2018, 2016
- Survey Review: 7 Years of Data
- PCT Class of 2020: NOGO, NOGO vs. Hikers