The ‘Wild’ effect: Hikers are flooding the Pacific Crest Trail

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CAMPO, California — Sixteen years ago, a handful of veteran hikers began hanging out at Lake Morena County Park east of San Diego around mid-April, the time they knew people would be beginning their treks along the Pacific Crest Trail.

The trail runs 2,650 miles from the Mexican to Canadian borders, and the county park is one of the first places hikers stop if they begin at the southern end.

“It was a few former PCT hikers sitting by the trail offering people who passed by a beer and a burger,” said Carl Siechert, one of those veterans.

In that first year, 29 hikers passed through.

This year, there have already been more than 1,000. Read more…

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