Lately the Facebook community has been blowing up with people pissed off that the PCT might start allowing bikes on the trail. So many through hikers getting so angry with the situation just makes me laugh. So when I see so many people getting angry over something so completely ridiculous it makes me want to express my ideas.
Now I have put over 5000 miles on that trail, and to me the PCT should allow mountain bikes on the trail. Not only would it be probably the most difficult trail to do on a mountain bike but it would also open doors for the PCT community. Getting mountain bikes involved would put more awareness on the conditions on the trail, like overgrowth, and trail maintenance. Mountain bikers would not want the overgrowth and would need the trail maintenance to be able to actually ride the trail. I honestly don’t think that many mountain bikers out there would try the PCT because of its severity with the ridge walks and the sketchy switchbacks. Also another good thing about having mountain bikes on the PCT would be that if someone got hurt the mountain bikers could get to help a lot quicker than a person on foot. To me that could save lives in some cases. All the reasons in the world point directly towards a positive influence on the PCT from the mountain bike community. Some of you might say well they will tear up the trail, and thats when i ask you, do the trails already not get torn up enough from the horses that ride on the trail? I cant tell you how many times while hiking that I had to dodge poop piles or ruts that were cause by equestrians.
To not allow mountain bikes on the pct would not only harm the PCT community in a whole but it would create a conflict between the mountain bikers and the hikers. Ask yourself this, what do the mountain bikers want to get out of the pct? Exactly the same thing that you, the hiker want out of it. Adventure, fun, and a great experience.
IF the PCT becomes bike friendly, you bet I will be out there the first year that it is allowed. I dreamed of riding a bike so many days on the PCT and to be able to do this would pretty much be a dream come true for me.
Don’t be a hater, be a friend and allow everyone on the trail.