The 2023 Pacific Crest Trail Hiker Survey is now open for responses - fill it out here! If you hiked the Pacific Crest Trail this year (2023), as a thru-hiker or section hiker, this survey is for you. It doesn't matter whether you completed the entire PCT (i.e. if you got off early or section
Hikers filling out the Pacific Crest Trail Hiker Survey are asked about their lowest moments on the PCT and their scariest moments on the PCT, so I thought it fair to also ask about hikers' best moments on the PCT as well. Most of the moments hikers recounted were short and sweet. They range from
The Pacific Crest Trail is hiked by thousands of people each year - from all over the United States and the globe. The trail has slowly become a more diverse and less exclusive space over the years as it's become better documented and more well-known (on this note, be careful with your trail
Simon Willis thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2002 and made audio recordings with the people he and his hiking partner met during their hike. Over twenty years later, he's turned these recordings into a podcast series: The Pacific Crest Trail, Then and Now. I spoke to him for Episode 7 in
Pacific Crest Trail women's gear lists oftentimes do not align exactly with the gear lists broken down in the PCT Hiker Survey Gear Guide although this year there isn't too much difference between the overall PCT gear list and the women's PCT gear list. I've structured the data here a bit
While completing the Pacific Crest Trail Hiker Survey hikers share the moment(s), if ever, they found themselves in a situation where they felt they were in legitimate danger or when they were legitimately afraid. The Pacific Crest Trail is a test of mental, physical, and emotional endurance.
Chances are that things won't go to plan on a Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike. One of the best things you can do to prepare for a PCT thru-hike? Talk to PCT thru-hikers and see what they would do again, do differently, and suggest that others (i.e. you) do. Questions like what gear do I get? Where do
In the yearly Pacific Crest Trail Hiker Survey, hikers share their lowest moments on the trail. That is, physically, mentally, and/or emotionally; the literal lowest point of the trail is Cascade Locks, Oregon. Yes, social media is filled with photos of sunrises, sunsets, and mountain vistas, but