Trail Angels Ease Epic Journeys Along The Pacific Crest Trail

Reporter Sharon McNary and Pacific Crest Trail through-hiker Jazmín Ortega meet up at Hiker Heaven, one of a few spots along the trail that offer camping space and other comforts at no cost.
Reporter Sharon McNary and Pacific Crest Trail through-hiker Jazmín Ortega meet up at Hiker Heaven, one of a few spots along the trail that offer camping space and other comforts at no cost.
Courtesy of Jazmín Ortega

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As hundreds of backpackers head north on the 2,653-mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada, self-appointed volunteers known as Trail Angels will be there to ease the journey.

Some offer a cold soda, or a free ride between trailhead and town. But some actually offer free lodging and other services at their own homes. One of the best-known of these Trail Angel outposts is Hiker Heaven in Agua Dulce.