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Welcome to the virtual Pacific Crest Trail hike! The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is a 2,650 mile long hike from the border of Mexico to the border of Canada, crossing through all of California, Oregon, and Washington. Last year, students virtually hiked from Mexico to Yosemite (942 miles!), and this year we are hoping to hike from Yosemite to the border of Washington!

Explore below to learn how you can participate in the hike and track your mileage. 


PCT Frequently Asked Questions

  How do I sign up?

Each participant needs to be on a team of 6-10 people. While each person is in charge of tracking their own weekly mileage, there should be a team captain elected that we can communicate with if needed.  Each team member needs to register

  How do I virtually hike?

Mileage calculatorWhile you are likely not hiking the actual PCT, you ARE recording miles…everywhere else! Each week, individuals will record how many miles they have hiked, run, or walked throughout that week. We are also including some new opportunities to gain mileage through surfing, climbing, skiing, snowboarding, and kayaking. 

The goal is to hike the distance of the PCT with the cumulative mileage of your team. Participants will individually submit their weekly mileage on our mileage tracker link by Sunday at midnight, so that we can update each team’s position on the PCT map we have. 

  What counts for mileage?
  • Hiking, running, walking, swimming 1 mile = 1 PCT mile
    • Treadmill, elliptical, and stair climber are all valid options
  • Biking (any form) 1 mile = ½ PCT mile
  • Surfing, skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, kayaking, paddle boarding 1 hour = 3 PCT miles
  How can I track my mileage?

There are several ways you can track your mileage, depending on what you are most comfortable and familiar with. 

  • If you download the Strava app on your phone or smartwatch, you can record your mileage through the app and upload it to our Pepperdine page so that other participants and team members can see your involvement. You can also post photos and videos here of your activities and find inspiration from other people on new places to check out! To be apart of this page, visit the Strava Pepperdine Club page.
  • If you have a phone or smartwatch and do not want to use Strava, you can also use the exercise apps here to track your progress in activities by either mileage or time.
  • If you do not want to use a phone or smartwatch, you can look up trails on maps or a computer and predetermine the mileage you want to do for that day. 
  What are the checkpoints? 

Every few hundred miles on the trail, we have selected a checkpoint that should be reached by each team by a certain date. If your team reaches that checkpoint by the selected date, your team is entered into a raffle and has a chance to win a pre-determined prize for that checkpoint. The farther the checkpoints you make it to, the better the prizes become. Below you can find our schedule for when each of the checkpoints should be completed and raffle tickets drawn for team prizes.

  • Feb 20, 2022-Lake Tahoe Checkpoint at 194 miles
  • Mar 13, 2022-Oregon Border Checkpoint at 750 miles 
  • Mar 27, 2022-Diamond Peak Checkpoint at 955 miles 
  • Apr 10, 2022-Washington Border Checkpoint at 1205 miles 

Bonus for reaching Canadian Border at 1710 miles.

  Are there prizes for participating?

YES! Each participant will get a customized Pepperdine PCT sticker just for signing up. Some of our prizes for checkpoint raffle winners will be Ultralite Nalgenes, backpacking hammocks, Black Diamond beanies, backpacking chairs, and hiking daypacks. The farther you make it on the trail, the better the prizes get!


Email ash.whitaker@pepperdine.edu for any questions you may have. Happy hiking!