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The Beginner’s Guide To Desert Hiking

The Beginner’s Guide To Desert Hiking

Hooray! Your first desert vacation is booked and on the calendar. As you begin prepping your boots and letting dreams of red rocks fill your head, it’s important to start...

Jul 20, 2021 : Colleen Goldhorn
Top Instagram Posts from the #PacificCrestTrail

Top Instagram Posts from the #PacificCrestTrail

As CDC guidelines lift across the country for vaccinated individuals, thru-hiking season is finally kicking into high gear. Most NOBO hikers are facing down the heat and long water carries...

May 25, 2021 : Katie Houston
A Guide to Volcano Loop Hikes in the Pacific Northwest

A Guide to Volcano Loop Hikes in the Pacific Northwest

Dotted with wildflower-filled meadows, stunning waterfalls, and inviting alpine lakes, these Cascade volcano loop hikes belong on every backpacker’s bucket list.

Oct 8, 2020 : Jen Datka
20 Amazing Pacific Crest Trail Photos to Help You Get Through the Week

20 Amazing Pacific Crest Trail Photos to Help You Get Through the Week

When it comes to our National Scenic Trails, the PCT undeniably lives up to this bland, yet telling title.  We asked you to help us prove it by submitting your...

Jul 22, 2020 : Owen Eigenbrot
Backpacking in America as a Person of Color: Hikers Share Their Experiences

Backpacking in America as a Person of Color: Hikers Share Their Experiences

Just a couple miles past the Mason-Dixon line during his Appalachian Trail thru-hike, Daniel White, aka The Blackalachian, and a female hiking partner decided to camp at Pen Mar Park....

May 14, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Using Art to Stay Connected to Trails While Social Distancing

Using Art to Stay Connected to Trails While Social Distancing

"Every time I paint a picture from the PCT I absolutely feel connected to the trail.  I started painting the PCT to keep part of the feeling of the trail...

Apr 14, 2020 : Katie Kommer
What It’s Like for 2020 Thru-Hikers Canceling Their Plans Because of COVID-19

What It’s Like for 2020 Thru-Hikers Canceling Their Plans Because of COVID-19

Within the past week, every community, industry, age range, and recreation subset has been flipped upside down. Everything from dinner reservations to planning for the entirety of 2020 has gone...

Mar 19, 2020 : The Editors
13 Thru-Hiking Films to Keep You Sane While Quarantining During the Coronavirus Outbreak

13 Thru-Hiking Films to Keep You Sane While Quarantining During the Coronavirus Outbreak

You're doing the socially responsible thing, but you're going crazy. Hopping between the couch and bed might be nice for an afternoon or one lazy weekend, but after a few...

Mar 16, 2020 : Katie Kommer
The Trek’s PCT Bloggers You Should Be Following on Instagram

The Trek’s PCT Bloggers You Should Be Following on Instagram

Each new thru-hiking season, The Trek enlists a squad of hiker trash to share their stories with us as they crush trail miles between Mexico and Canada. We have selected...

Mar 14, 2020 : Andrew Murphy
When Hiking a Long-Distance Trail Is the Road to Recovery

When Hiking a Long-Distance Trail Is the Road to Recovery

While serving in Iraq in the early 2000s, Will Robinson was rummaging through a box of books when he found an unlikely distraction: A guide to hiking the Pacific Crest...

Jan 9, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans