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PostFri Mar 20, 2020 6:58 pm 
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The Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA) is urging hikers who planned to travel the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) to cancel or postpone their plans due concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.

“As reported cases of COVID-19 continue to increase, many people have put their PCT trips on indefinite hold,” said the PCTA, in a statement posted to its website on Thursday.

The organization recommended that other hikers follow their example.The statement cited concerns that “anyone traveling the PCT and resupplying in communities along the trail represents a serious risk to others on the trail and people in those communities — particularly high-risk individuals for whom the virus could be deadly.”

Concerns that PCT use may spread Covid19

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PostFri Mar 20, 2020 7:40 pm 
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2nd article
https://www.oregonlive.com/coronavirus/2020/03/pacific-crest-trail-hikers-told-to-stay-home-during-coronavirus-outbreak.html

I know folks need to do major life planning and pre organization to pull off the thru trip, what a drag to have to give up on it.

Warranted but still sucks big.

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PostFri Mar 20, 2020 9:52 pm 
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I had a permit to start May 11th, although my plans changed well before the outbreak here in the U.S.  so very happy I didn't quit my job and vacate my home (As many of the 2020 class had already done before bailing).  See places like Big Bear Lake have asked people to cancel on their PCT plans as many small Southern CA towns don't have the medical facilities to handle an outbreak.

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PostMon Mar 23, 2020 11:30 pm 
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PCTA has posted more information.
https://www.pcta.org/three-covid-19-messages-to-all-pct-long-distance-permit-holders/
Note this passage:
Land managers are making daily decisions on access, as of March 23, 2020, the following closures are in place:

• Yosemite National Park is closed to all public access.
• Cleveland National Forest is no longer issuing developed camping permits.
• California State Park campgrounds are closed.
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PostFri Mar 27, 2020 5:51 am 
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Apparently, some are determined to hike on.

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There are no solid numbers, but several experts estimated that 100 to 200 “thru-hikers,” as they’re known on the Pacific Crest Trail, remain.

https://www.latimes.com/travel/story/2020-03-25/pacific-crest-trail-hikers-against-advice
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PostFri Mar 27, 2020 7:30 am 
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It must be quite a different experience without the crowds.
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PostFri Mar 27, 2020 7:31 am 
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What?  No PCT distancing?

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