The Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA) has just officially decided that the City of Mount Shasta will become the first certified trail town on the PCT. This will help the town’s hiker friendly atmosphere grow and develop as they host more events and celebrations in coordination with the Pacific Crest Trail.
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world, from Maine to Georgia, and does similar work with trail town recognition at over 40 communities along the Appalachian. The Pacific Crest Trail Association hopes to do similar work and function with the same goals. The PCTA hopes to grow and include more communities and start accommodating for thru-hikers. There is volunteer outreach for the trail alone, and it also gives a nice economic cushion to the passing town.
The inaugural trail town celebration was held on July 21st where they coordinated hikes and family activities in the town, and also held live music and dancing. You can read more about the celebration and events on the Pacific Crest Trail’s website.