The Pacific Crest Trail


Today’s post is about the Pacific Crest Trail. This trail was recently made more famous by the movie Wild. The trail was designated a National Scenic Trail in 1968, although it was not officially completed until 1993. It is 2,663 miles long and has over 400,000 feeet of elevation change.

Parts of the trail are used for several races – at least for now. The Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA) is lobbying and advising the Forest Service to ban recreational events on the trail. If they succeed, no new trail running events, nor growth of existing events, will be allowed on the trail.

Candice Burt, who is a race director for several events including the Big Foot 200 and Tahoe 200, has created a petition on There are already over 3,000 signatures, but the goal is to get many more! Please take one minute to sign the petition – it doesn’t require anything else from you. Who knows – maybe someday you will want to race on the Pacific Crest Trail!


You can listen to a short podcast (19 minutes) on the issue here.

Thanks! Have a great run!

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5 Responses to The Pacific Crest Trail

  1. Jessica says:

    I signed the petition. Must be a beautiful trail, since it runs through Oregon and all 😉 no but really..I don’t like how they’re trying to stop races. Kind of what happend to Bad Water. didn’t stop it but they had to go another route

  2. Alanna says:

    Thanks for sharing. That would be such a shame! I’m sure it would be absolutely amazing to race along the Pacific Crest Trail.

  3. Thanks so much for the info! I read Wild and I would love to someday race on the PCT!!!

  4. Awesome! What a sweet west coast alternative to the Appalachian trail.

  5. I signed the petition. While I haven’t had the opportunity to run the Pacific Crest Trail yet, I want the chance to be able to do so in the future!

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