Mingling with thru-hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail
Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015 — I recently drove through Chester on my way home from a trip to Chico and noticed a group of hikers waving a banner to alert drivers to their need for a ride back to the Pacific Crest Trail. With the trailhead only a few miles from Chester, hikers frequently hitchhike to town to shop for supplies, take a shower, do laundry, enjoy a respite in a motel room for a few days, pick up packages sent by loved ones at the post office and sometimes embrace hospitality offered by locals.
It seems this summer I have interacted with many thru-hikers who began their trek in the desert on the border of Mexico and plan to complete the entire 2,600 miles to the border of Canada. These are men and women who put their lives on hold for about five months.