Year of the Powerhouse fire.
A preview of HikerTown
I've grown accustomed to his face.
So You're going on a Hike..
For those who are going to section or thru hike the PCT, here are some things that I either did, or wished in retrospect that I had done, to increase the odds that you will meet your goal..
First, realize that there are some completely unprepared hikers hikers who hike the entire trail, and that there are some veteran hikers who don't make their objective.. All in all though, knowledge and preparation helps. 85% of trail drop-outs have nothing do do with their physical state..
1. Before you depart on your long distance PCT hike, hike some hikes with the gear you think is suitable for your PCT trip.. My personal #1 advantage was doing a 6 day trail hike in the mountains.. It showed me that my shoes, rain gear, sleeping bag, water purification method, and food were wrong.. and that my pack, tent, socks, and navigation aids were keepers.. It also gave me an idea of how far I was comfortable hiking each day.. at least at first..
2. You will at various times, be some combination of hot, cold, wet, filthy, hungry, thirsty, lonely, cranky, emotionally low, achy, and blistered.. You will seriously think that what you have done is crazy, or at least not worth the hassle.. If, however you decide to stay on the trail for 30 days, you will.. a.) be Ironman regardless of the shape you started in. b.) have experienced the wonder of this community of friends and shared surroundings, and c.) know that the world doesn't revolve around your hike, and that is a real feeling of freedom..
3. Most hikers start solo, but no one hikes alone for the whole trail unless they choose to. You will get to intimately know about 50 hikers, those who pass you then you encounter later, and vice versa. And not to worry, you won't get lost, and you'll get those rides into town that you're worried about.
4. Now you can prepare for the beauty, wonder, and the belonging..
Need a haircut while on the trail?
No problem here at HikerTown..
Anish stops in at HikerTown
while on her way to a new PCT speed record.
Located on the Pacific Crest Trail
Highway 138 trailhead mile 516
is Hikertown Hostel..
Hikertown is a place where the thru hiker "Mexico to Canada" can stop, spend the night, or just rest up, before going on to cross the desert..
Although most hikers spend a night here, many take off at sunset if there's going to be a full moon out, or if the following day is going to be a hot one.. Crossing the 16 miles of desert to the next water source in the heat of the day should be avoided if at all possible...
There isn't a fee to stay or use the amenities here, but donations are always appreciated ..
If you have a re-supply box that you'd like to send here, we do accept packages.. See our contact us page for details.
As a registered 501(C) (3) non-profit #45-2715225
all donations are totally tax deductible.
We're ready for anything on the trail now..
These hikers are getting ready to hike the dry 16 mile streach to Cottonwood Creek Bridge..
Relaxing in the shade