Other Options

There is a great service being provided by a couple of PCT thru-hikers, that shuttles hikers to the PCT Southern Terminus.  They pick you up at the Old Town transit center, then make some helpful stops (including REI) on the way to the trail.  They can take you to the southern terminus or to the PCT campground at CLEEF (see below).  Their website is here.  Paul and Dee are great – we’ve met with them and were impressed.  They’ve thru-hiked the PCT and CDT and can answer questions.  The amount they’re charging is reasonable, especially considering the cost of gas, insurance, etc.

If you decide to use public transit (available weekdays only), you should check out Marmalade’s very helpful YouTube video on this topic. 

Across the road from the bus stop at Forest Gate Rd is the Campo Green Store that is much better than a convenience store.  They do sell canister fuel and water. 

It’s a 1.6-mile walk from the bus stop to the southern terminus.  Walk up Forest Gate Road.  Across from the now-closed Youth Detention Center (a bit past the Border Patrol Station) you can get onto the trail itself and continue walking south to the border monument.  See the map below– the orange line that crosses the road a few times is the actual trail.  It actually is on the road for a short while.

There is a campsite fairly close to the terminus, on the Camp Lockett Event and Equestrian facility (CLEEF).  It is to the east and easy to see about halfway between the Green Store and the Terminus, marked below with a purple X.  They have an area for PCT hikers that includes a couple of picnic tables and a water spigot.  For the 2023 season they are developing the campground further (tent pads, closer flush toilets, electrical outlets, a campfire ring) and will charge $10 per night, which includes a continental breakfast.  They plan to facilitate take-out meals from the Campo Cafe.  Dee and Paul will be hosts at the campground.

One last option – there is a PCT Southern Terminus Trail Angel Facebook page where you can check for offered rides or post that you need a ride.