"Two weeks ago, on March 13, the PCTA asked all those who are already on the trail—as well as those waiting to start—to cancel or postpone your journeys. Unfortunately, not everyone observed this request.
STAY OFF THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL.
Due to COVID-19, you are legally required to avoid non-essential travel and shelter-in-place throughout most of the U.S., including in California, Oregon, and Washington. Long-distance hiking on the PCT is non-essential travel. For everyone’s sake, it’s time for you to do your part and cancel or postpone your long-distance trip.
Many sections along the PCT as well as facilities are closed—with more closing each day. We are no longer providing information about what sections of the PCT are closed or open as the situation is rapidly changing, and we’ve asked long-distance users to cancel or postpone journeys. PCTA, as the nonprofit dedicated to the trail, does not have the authority to close the PCT, public lands, or revoke permits. That is the role of our partners in the land management agencies. Please read our permit page for more about that topic.
Now is not the time for a vacation.Several communities have expressed concern about long-distance PCT hikers putting their populations at risk. Please respect the PCT community and our towns by canceling or postponing your journey. When it’s safe, you’ll be welcomed back.
PCTA supports you taking limited, local nature walks if you practice social distancing of 6 feet, and the location is not closed. Many trailheads are closed to emphasize the need for social distancing.
We take this pandemic seriously and are extremely concerned not only for your health but for society’s as well. Collectively, we should do everything possible to limit the spread of COVID-19."
CLICK HERE for this update from PCTA.
CLICK HERE for the most recent Covid-19 information for the Pacific Crest Trail.