[Submitted by: CF]
As a PCT thru hiker (2012) and a Great Divide Mountain Bike route rider (2012) I belong to two camps; hiker and rider/bike packer. I would love to re-trace my thru hike as a bike packer. However, with my thru-hike and my Divide ride very fresh in my mind (I just got off the divide 2 weeks ago) I cannot help but think many parts of the PCT do not work as a viable cycling route. I know ACA just put together a Pacific route that shadows much of the PCT (bumped into them at the beginning of my hike this year taking their first supported touring group). Would there be an effort to map a route that works for long distance bike packers, similar to the CDT/GDMBR that encompasses single-track and gravel road bed when needed? I think those remote sketchy sections of technical single track are what give the majority of hikers nightmares when thinking about bikers in the back country. I know from experience the symbiosis works along the divide but the hiking and cycling routes diverge where appropriate.