Many PCTRI readers and followers are aware of the recent emergence of the Sustainable Trails Coalition. While PCTRI remains focused on lifting the blanket bicycle closure on the non-Wilderness portions of the PCT, we recognize that the Sustainable Trails Coalition’s (STC) efforts to modify and improve management practices on most National Scenic Trails (including the PCT) as well as federal Wilderness lands would effectively subsume PCTRI’s goals surrounding the PCT. For that reason, we encourage our readers and followers to closely consider support for STC’s campaign.
With agencies like US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Pacific Crest Trail Association, American Hiking Society, and Backcountry Horsemen refusing to consider or support the idea of a transparent, public process to assess the suitability of bicycles on the non-Wilderness portions of the PCT, it would appear that the stakes will be raised considerably through the efforts of STC. But STC’s mission also holds out new hope of improving land management practices; promoting more equitable, non-motorized land access; generating significant financial and volunteer resources for trails and environmental management; and greatly broadening the constituency for land conservation efforts.