Rugged. Breathtaking. Grueling. Magical.
These words and many more have been used by Pacific Crest Trail thru hikers to describe their experiences of the 2,600+ mile National Scenic Trail that stretches from Mexico to Canada along the spine of the Sierra and Cascade ranges.
With the release of Cheryl Strayer’s “Wild” in 2016, more and more people are planning to backpack and thru hike the Pacific Crest Trail than ever before.
Yet even with the surge of backpackers on the trail, its sheer length and remoteness ensure the PCT remains one of the most unadulterated and solitary long-distance hiking trails in the U.S.
The Pacific Crest Trail presents a combination of challenges few other long-distance trails in world can match. Towns and road crossings are scarce, necessitating long back country treks between food resupply stations. From the broiling heat of the day-time desert to the icy snowfields that can form year-round in the high Sierras, the Pacific Crest Trail deters all but the most independent spirits.
If you are one of the hearty few planning a PCT thru hike in 2015, we hope you will consider including HIKE for Mental Health on your journey. Registering your hike with HIKE for Mental Health is completely free and takes only a few minutes. Those few minutes give so much to others, and by that act of giving, you will receive so much back in return.
- By sharing your PCT thru hike with friends and family as a HIKE for Mental Health, you enable family, friends and total strangers to root for you on your journey and become a part of your adventure by contributing to a great cause in honor of your hike.
- While you are on your grand quest, contributions from your supporters, inspired by your grit and determination to thru hike the PCT, will fund break-through research that alleviates suffering from depression, PTSD, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other major mental illnesses that affect one in four American families.
- These contributions also support nonprofit, mostly volunteer, trail maintenance organizations that help to preserve the Pacific Crest Trail and other wilderness trails in the US.
- You will gain the extra motivation that comes from knowing family, friends and total strangers have donated to a cause in honor of your thru hike.
- And if all that is not enough, once your donation total hits $100, we will send you a wicking, antimicrobial HIKE for Mental Health hiking shirt. Long-distance hikers love these super comfortable, light weight, and quick-drying shirts on their hikes.
Adding your name to the Pacific Crest Trail register with HIKE for Mental Health takes just a few minutes, and sharing the cause with your friends takes just a few more. We hope you will consider adding your name to the PCT trail register with HIKE for Mental Health.