Stories from the Trail: The Pacific Crest Trailside Readers (Review)

Last October, I was informed by a local bookstore owner  in Eugene, OR of a new anthology created to benefit the Pacific Crest Trail Association. At the time, the two-volume anthology hadn’t yet been released, and I made a mental note to look it up when I got the chance.

This blog has been our PCT compilation, a space to connect our stories with the journey, and a place to share with a larger community. So when we were contacted by one of the editors, Rees Hughes, to share a few of our stories online at, we happily obliged. Jacob and I rewrote, and reposted one of our Retrospective Stories, A Pass To Remember, as a first installment.

Many 2012 hikers have or are going to start this week, and it’s been a particularly poignant time for those captured by the hiking fever. So last week, I returned to that mental note and ordered a copy of The Pacific Crest Trailside Reader: California.

The Pacific Crest Trailside Readers: Adventure, History, and Legend on the Long-Distance Trail, edited by Rees Hughes and Cory Lewis, is a self-proclaimed literary pilgrimage-a true labor of love. This is a campfire where you sit arm and arm with historical and literary pioneers, fellow compadres of this long-trail, and stewards who work tirelessly to keep the trail alive. In “Wilderness Boundary”, Walter Able expounds upon the deeper connection people make when they venture out into wild lands. When the psychological threshold is crossed, and you have returned home. These books are that threshold to cross in the comfort of your home, or when you can’t venture out into the wild lands of your dreams.

For insight, inspiration, a campfire for stories, or just to take a mental walk in the woods, get the PCT Trailside Readers.


4 thoughts on “Stories from the Trail: The Pacific Crest Trailside Readers (Review)

  1. So question. I am starting to plan a 10 week course for 6th-8th graders on the PCT incorporating Language Arts, Science, PE, Math, and Technology. I have not read the Trailside Readers. Would they be something I might want to use?

    • Hey Rockin’-what a fun course for those middle schoolers! Will it be full immersion on the PCT, or a combo of classroom/outdoor experiential? The Trailside Readers are a compilation of short stories, so might lend nicely to your curriculum. Email me details and we can discuss more. Fun!

  2. Kit! It was great to meet you this weekend. The blog looks great and will provide great enjoyment for many, including myself. –Matt Rogers II

    • Hey Matt 2;) It was great meeting you and your family, and well, the Rogers! It’s about time I went back to the homestead and saw where Jake came from. Take care, Kit

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