Yes, we will host in 2023! Our hosting dates are April 1 to May 15.
Hikers can sign up starting on February 9th at 8:00 am.
We expected 2022 to be our last season, but we had such a great time last spring (thank you, 2022 hikers!) that we’re not ready to stop.
We will offer the same hosting services we did in 2022, EXCEPT this year we are not providing rides to the Southern Terminus. We offer a place to stay, a couple of home-cooked meals, an opportunity to get to know your fellow hikers, and volunteers who are happy to answer questions and calm nerves. We help with logistics–arranging for a sim card, purchasing and mailing food, accepting packages for you, providing fuel canisters at cost. We take hikers to REI daily. Scout may teach line dancing again. Our goal is to relieve your stress at the start of your PCT hike. We provide these services at no charge and we do not accept donations.
Why the big change? We know we cannot host hikers forever (we’re getting older, stress isn’t good for Frodo’s Parkinson’s, we want to travel in the spring, etc.). We hoped to “pass the baton” when we were ready to retire from hosting. Of course, no one else is crazy enough to do exactly what we do, but now a service helps hikers get to the Southern Terminus. Paul and Dee run the “PCT Southern Terminus Shuttle” and they’re doing everything right. They have new vans for the shuttle ($75/person), with all the proper licenses and insurance. They run two shuttles each day, 9:30 am and 2:00 pm. They stop briefly at REI, the Campo Green Store, the Campo Post Office and CLEEF. They are the hosts at the CLEEF campground a half mile from the border monument ($10/person). We are very pleased that Dee and Paul are so invested in helping PCT hikers get a good start and we want them to be successful.
So, how do we both host hikers AND help Paul and Dee be successful? Hmmm…
To get to the trail from our house, hikers can either use Dee and Paul’s service (they will pick up hikers from our house), use public transit (available Mon to Fri), or make their own arrangements.
U.S. hikers may stay with us one night and international hikers for up to two nights.
On Feb 9, our sign-up form will become available at 8:00 am PST (4:00 pm GMT) under the heading “Signing Up”.
By the way, you should check out Scout’s book Journeys North. It’s the story of several hikers from the PCT class of ’07.
Please take care, stay safe, and MAKE WISE DECISIONS.