We did not host PCT hikers in 2021.
We were so sad that the Covid-19 pandemic prevented us from hosting in 2020; we truly missed interacting with all the hikers and volunteers, we missed sharing in the energy and excitement, we missed being helpful. We consoled ourselves with the thought that we would host in 2021, that we would still have a rewarding final year of hosting. (We had planned that 2020 would be our final year.) After all, there was no way the pandemic would last more than a few months, right?
WILL WE HOST IN 2022?
We were really hopeful in the early fall and had started making plans, but then omicron reared its hoary head. Covid numbers in San Diego are increasing dramatically, as are the numbers in most of the U.S. At this point, it would not be wise to plan on bringing all kinds of people together each day for two months this spring. We’re very disappointed, but we need to do the responsible thing, for us, for our volunteers, and for you.
We encourage hikers to make wise decisions, and that’s what we’re trying to do, too.
There is a chance that omicron will run its course and numbers may decrease significantly by March. If that were to happen, we might decide to host in the spring. Likely we would host fewer hikers at a time and keep everyone outdoors as much as possible. We will reassess in late February and post an update.
Some helpful information: Two thru-hikers have started a shuttle service in San Diego to take hikers to the PCT Southern Terminus. They stop at REI and at the Campo Green Store and Campo Post Office. They charge $40. Their website is here.
We have modified our website so that it provides some helpful information but no longer discusses the services we provided in the past.
Please take care, stay safe, and MAKE WISE DECISIONS.