Annual Day Zero Pacific Crest Trail Kick Off

April 22-24 and April 24-26, 2015

Like a thru hiker, time marches on...

ADZPCTKO 2016 still in the planning stages

Update 2/3/16

Greetings Pacific Crest Trail Community!

This is an official update regarding ADZPCTKO 2016! We realize that we are releasing the dates of the kick off later than we have in recent years. Primarily, our reasoning is twofold:

  1. The campsite reservation system for the County of San Diego underwent a major revision in the last year and we are now required to have a contract with the county in order to hold our event at Lake Morena Campground. They have experienced a series of setbacks, which have prevented us from receiving the contract in a timely manner. We reserved the campground for the event long ago, but are STILL waiting for the final contract from the county so we can begin to negotiate the terms. We have been assured that we will receive the contract soon, but until that happens, we can’t go forward with key things (renting equipment; lining up food service; notifying vendors, potential presenters, and attendees, etc.) We had hoped to have a contract in hand before making any announcement, but since we have been getting so many inquiries, we are letting you know what’s happening now.
  2. In the past, we have not announced the details of the event until fairly late in the season – because we want to encourage hikers to plan their start dates independent of the KO. The PCTA’s implementation of the permit quota has helped to spread out the “herd” and we would like to do our part by encouraging you to use our ride share board on the ADZ website to find a ride back to the KO from wherever you are on the trail. It has been used quite successfully in past years.

Please keep in mind that the ADZPCTKO is put on entirely by volunteers…who also have full time lives outside of this event. We work very hard to put on a great weekend for the hikers, and could certainly use more help. If you are interested in joining our gang, please let us know and we will add you to our email list!

Thanks for your patience. We will post updates regularly (at least once a week) whether we have new information or not…

The ADZPCTKO Organizers.

As always, we encourage hikers to plan their start date independent of ADZPCTKO. You have lots of other factors to consider: snowpack, weather, school and work schedules, permit availability, best airfares, etc. etc. Planning around ADZPCTKO should be way down the list. You can always get a ride back to Lake Morena from points north along the trail; our Ride Board can facilitate your transportation needs. Happy New Year!

Getting to Lake Morena

  • If you need a ride to kick off or you can give a ride, check the Ride Board.
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Registration schedule:

  • March 4: Registration opens for 2015 thru hikers only. Registration will remain open until we're full; last year, that took 17 days.
  • March 10: Registration opens for those who want a cabin.
  • March 15: Registration opens for past thru hikers.
  • March 20: Registration opens for future thru hikers and other interested folks. It'll remain open until we're full, but that might be only a day or two.
  • March 25: Registration opens for day visitors. If you weren't able to snag a campsite, you're welcome to come out for the day.
  • March 28: Registration closes for campsites and cabins.
  • April 17: Registration closes for day visitors. Day visitors can register onsite.



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New for 2015

There's something new for 2015: two ADZPCTKOs! The dates are:

You can attend either session, but not both. All the important events and seminars will be presented at both sessions.

With two sessions, we hope to spread things out a bit, making it less crowded on the trail, and less crowded at Lake Morena.

Did we say seminars? We've got all the traditional favorites, plus new ones including "Mindfulness on the Trail" and "Winter on the Trail," the latter one presented by someone who knows that topic better than anyone--Shawn Forry (better known as Pepper), who along with Trauma just completed the first-ever winter thru hike on the PCT.

Also new this year: at each session we'll be conducting a raffle with lots of cool prizes, including packs, shelters, and more.

Alas, it is no longer free for thru hikers to attend the Kick Off. There are several reasons for this change:

We hope you will agree that is a positive change that will ripple out into the greater PCT community.   

RIP Strider

Greg Hummel
Photo: Monte Dodge

ADZPCTKO co-founder, president and wagonmaster, and giant of the PCT community Greg "Strider" Hummel passed away December 31, 2014, succumbing to ALS. ADZPCTKO will go on without him--but it sure isn't going to be the same. Rest in peace, friend.

Check out the ADZPCTKO online store

Did you pick up a T-shirt at KO? No? Well it's not too late...because we just opened our online store! You'll not only find our latest T-shirt, featuring words of wisdom from PCT legend Billy Goat, but also T-shirts from previous years, in men's and women's styles. Oh yeah: insulated travel mugs and travel wallets too. Remember our motto: All shirts guaranteed to be as wrinkled as shown in the photos.

2014 2012 2011 2013 Mug


Each year the ADZPCTKO organization reserves the entire park, so you can't book a campsite through the park reservation system. Instead, you make your reservation on this site when registration opens in March. All campsites are shared; we fill each site to the maximum capacity allowed by the park (8 campers). When you make a reservation, it's not for a "campsite"; rather, you're reserving one of the eight spaces in a campsite.

In 2014, registration for different groups of people began on different days, starting with 2014 thru hikers on March 3, and ending on March 20 after everyone had a shot at registration.Check the registration page for details. Check back here periodically for more details, or follow us on Twitter (@adzpctko).

Did someone say "bandana"?

2015 PCT BandanaLearn all about the tradition started by 2002 thru hikers Gottago, Yogi, and Cupcake, and learn how you can get a bandana too!

Who should attend ADZPCTKO?

Our focus has always been on Pacific Crest Trail thru-hikers, and the events at Kick Off are designed primarily for these intrepid hikers. If you:

If you're not in one of these categories, ADZPCTKO is probably not for you. Although we'd love to throw it open to anyone and everyone who has a passing interest in the PCT, we no longer have the space to do that. Come on back when you're ready for your thru hike!


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