'Wild': What do you need to know before you hike the Pacific Crest Trail?

December 12, 2014 1:06 PM

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'Wild': What do you need to know before you hike the Pacific Crest Trail?

The popularity of Cheryl Strayed's memoir "Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" has led to increased awareness and use of the trail that runs from Canada to Mexico through Washington, Oregon and California. There are more thru-hikers -- people who, like Strayed, attempt to hike the entire trail -- and more day and overnight users of this incredible national resource.

Now "Wild" has been made into a movie starring Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern that opens Dec. 12 in Portland, and resource managers expect another surge of interest. Jack Haskel, a trail information specialist at the Pacific Crest Trail Association office in Sacramento, answered a few questions ab...

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