Well its official… Operation Awakening 2 has received the official Pacific Crest Trail permit. The permit is not required but is a nice to have as a form of official record. Its the Pacific Crest Trail Association who issues the permit for travel.
My permit is valid for overnight use along the Pacific Crest Trail. Alternate routes may be allowed if there are no local restrictions in place. If I travel or camp off the PCT corridor, I may need to obtain additional permits. Local rules still apply to holders of this permit and there are special areas that require extra permits. Additional fees (e.g. campgrounds, park entrances) may be levied by other agencies and I will have to pay them directly. This permit is valid for a single trip during the dates specified. I am allowed short periods away from the trail for resupply, to wait for mail and other tasks. This permit allows for a maximum of 30 days to travel through the Southern Sierra (defined as the PCT from Kennedy Meadows South north to Sonora Pass.
I also may travel off the PCT corridor to trail heads within 15 miles the PCT for reasons of resupply or to reach or depart the trail. This travel must be done on the most direct trail between the PCT and the trail head. Please do this travel in a day, as camping off the PCT is not allowed by the permit.
On the California section of the PCT, I will need a California Campfire Permit to use a stove or have a campfire. During high fire danger, even stoves may be banned. It is my responsibility to stay up to date on fire bans. PCT hikers have started wildfires in the past.
Wildfire is an inevitable and natural part of our environment. Sections of the trail can, and do, close. We understand that it’s difficult to interrupt your quest and miss sections. It is illegal, dangerous, and expensive when people ignore fire closures. Your safety and compliance with fire closures is more important than the “purity” of a hike. The PCT is affected by wildfire every year. Please anticipate the need to skip sections because of closures.