Posted on January 03 2024
The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a long-distance hiking trail that spans approximately 2,650 miles (4,265 kilometers) from the U.S.-Mexico border in California to the U.S.-Canada border in Washington. While there are various transportation options available for accessing and traveling along the PCT, there is no specific "Pacific Crest Trail Transit" service or organization.
However, there are transportation resources and services that hikers can utilize to access trailheads, resupply points, and nearby towns along the PCT. Here are a few common transportation options:
Public Transportation: Many hikers use public transportation, such as buses or trains, to reach trailheads or nearby towns along the PCT. Various bus companies, regional transit systems, and Amtrak train routes serve areas near the trail. Specific routes and availability may vary depending on the section of the trail you are accessing.
Shuttle Services: There are shuttle services available that cater specifically to PCT hikers. These services provide transportation to and from trailheads, nearby towns, and resupply points. Shuttle services are often operated by local businesses, trail angels, or volunteer organizations. They can be found through online research, hiker forums, or local trail associations.
Hitchhiking: Some hikers rely on hitchhiking as a means of transportation to access the trail or reach nearby towns. While hitchhiking can be unpredictable and less reliable than other options, it is occasionally used by hikers in certain areas.
Personal Vehicles and Rideshares: If you have access to a personal vehicle, you can drive to designated trailheads and park your vehicle there. Alternatively, you can arrange rideshares or carpooling with other hikers or local community members.
- What has become increasingly popular to do lately, hikers will post on social media that a ride is requested from point A to B on such and such day. Angels typically respond.
When planning your PCT hike, it's important to research transportation options specific to the sections of the trail you will be hiking. Local trail associations, hiker forums, guidebooks, and online resources can provide valuable information on transportation logistics and services available along the PCT.