Pacific Crest Trail Moves Into National Consciousness
The Appalachian Trail is America’s great trail of the masses. Nothing can–or should–ever replace that. That was Benton McKaye’s plan from the beginning, given
the proximity of the Appalachain Mountain Range to the nation’s great population centers.
The Pacific Crest Trail is America’s other great trail; better yet, it is becoming greater by the minute, as hostels, trail maintainers, guidebooks, and the like spring up.
For those of you worried that the experience will no longer be pristine, I say, “Don’t worry’! You will get plenty of solitude as part of the bargain. Cheryl Strayed’s bestseller, Wild,
and now film will open up this great western pathway to the masses, a la the Appalachian Trail.
The more, the better.
Bill Walker is the author of popular hiking books, including Skywalker–Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail and Skywalker–Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail.