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The Pacific Crest Trail:
---Exploring America's Wilderness Trail; and 
---The Continental Divide Trail: Exploring America's Ridgeline Trail

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By Mark Larabee and Barney Scout Mann

The first illustrated book by the Pacific Crest Trail Association, this is the third book in Rizzoli New York's bestselling trail series. It follows the 2013 National Outdoor Book Award Winner, The Appalachian Trail, and New York Times bestseller America's Great Hiking Trails. With a forward by Wild author Cheryl Strayed, Larabee and Mann spin out the saga of the Pacific Crest Trail, interspersing the story with rarely seen archival photos, maps and stunning contemporary photography. Readers experience the trail as if their feet were striding the path--making their own 2,650-mile journey from the Mexican border to the Canadian border through California, Oregon, and Washington. Hikers from all over the world are drawn to this trail to experience true American wilderness and to challenge themselves—whether for two miles or two thousand. The only illustrated book officially published with the Pacific Crest Trail Association., it comes with an official trail map folded into an inside pocket. Rizzoli says: "This photo- and information-packed book is an inspirational bucket list for everyone who wants to get out on the trail--from day-hiker to thru-hiker." 

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INTRODUCTION

By Cheryl Strayed

I first heard of the Pacific Crest Trail in December of 1994, after a guidebook to the California section of the trail at an REI outside of Minneapolis caught my eye. I was waiting in line to pay for my purchase when I picked up the book and scanned its cover. I was only killing time. I wasn’t trying to change my life. At approximately 2650 miles long, the paragraph on the back of the book informed me, the PCT is a wilderness trail that runs the entire length of California, Oregon and Washington, along the spine of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges.

Imagine that, I thought in astonishment before setting the book back onto the shelf and leaving the store.

 

Scout's Journal

Hike with Scout #2

August 10, 2020

Hello again,

Are you ready to continue down the trail with me? You don’t need a break, do you? Hike on and I’ll spin out what I promised—How the heck over 6,000 people slept at our house. I’ll share the Journeys North introduction, the photo to back it up and an insider backstory.  

How did 6,000-plus sleep at our house? If you know the answer, you can chuckle along with me. My wife Sandy and I really wanted to hike the Pacific Crest Trail in 2007. We’d made big sacrifices at work to get five months off. In 2006, the year before, we thought: Wouldn’t it be cool to host hikers in our home? We live in San Diego, the PCT’s southern terminus is 60 miles inland and we could pick up starting hikers at the airport, host them for a night or two and then drive them to the trailhead. In 2006 we did just that, hosting 17 hikers over two months. 

In 2007, before we left on the trail ourselves, we hosted 35. We thought, We’re hot stuff. It was a hoot to host, feed, and get to know these wonderful folks. They were about to start an epic adventure. But in 2008, word had circulated. We hosted over 100, more than one-third of that year’s starting PCT hiker class. And we kept to our original policy, “It’s free, no gifts, no donations.”

In 2012 we hosted over 300, in 2015 over 500, then quickly to 900, and we’ve now had years of well over 1,000. Over 8 weeks, 30 to 40 a night. Either hug us or lock us up. We have three 12-by-20-foot event tents in the back yard, 4 bedrooms, a tent trailer, a tree house and the living room floor. Since 2008, we’ve had a network of volunteers—driving airport pickups, last minute errands, trailhead runs—that last year totaled 81. All still free. No gifts. We go to bed every night exhausted, but one of us says to the other, “We are so lucky to be able to do this.” Want to see it in full swing--Local CBS Channel 8 covered us last year. 

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