Annual Day Zero Pacific Crest Trail Kick Off

Since 1999


Update 4/5/2015: Registration for camp space at Lake Morena County Park is now closed. We still have a cabin available for session 1, but the campground is full. You can register as a day visitor through April 17 online, or you can register as a day visitor onsite Wednesday through Saturday. Unless you are a 2015 PCT thru hiker who arrives on foot or in someone else's car, if you still need overnight accommodations you'll have to make your own arrangements outside the park. Here are some nearby options.

Registration schedule for 2015:

  • March 4: Registration opens for 2015 thru hikers only. 3/28: After 25 days, registration is now closed.
  • March 10: Registration opens for those who want a cabin. Click here for more information about the cabins.
  • March 15: Registration opens for past thru hikers. 3/28: Registration is now closed.
  • March 20: Registration opens for future thru hikers and other interested folks. 3/28: Registration is now closed.
  • March 25: Registration opens for day visitors. Click here to register.

Registration Fees

Event registration for a three-day, two-night session:

  • Current year aspiring thru hikers: $10
  • Past and future hikers (and other interested folks): $30
  • Cabins: $175 until March 17; $200 thereafter
  • Day visitors: $8 online; $10 onsite

This has been a year of change for the ADZ. Among other things, you will notice that it is no longer free for thru hikers to attend the Kick Off. There are several reasons for this change:

  • The fee, $10, is a nominal amount, and is much less than our cost per hiker. 
  • The $10 fee is the same amount Lake Morena would charge thrus to stay for two nights; however, at the Kick Off, the fee includes presentations, vendor displays, some meals, and lots of camaraderie. 
  • We are doing our part to decrease the sense of entitlement that has been steadily increasing over the years. By paying a nominal fee, thru hikers make a contribution not only to the event but to the community that helps support them on their journey.
  • Charging a nominal fee also decreases the number of no-show thru hikers, which can be as high as 25% in some years.  

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

More Info

  • You save 20%. The onsite registration fee for each day visitor is $10 at the event, but register in advance and the fee is only $8 per person.
  • We'll have a badge ready for you. You can get through registration quickly and move on to the fun stuff.

Advance registration for day visitors will be open until April 17.

  • See who's registered (This link and the one below currently point to 2014 data. 2015 data will be posted after registration has been open awhile.)
    • The list is sorted by last name, but after you find your name you can search to see who else is sharing a campsite with you.
    • Or view a list sorted by campsite number.

If you've already registered, you should've received email from us, and you'll get a few more before KO. If you didn't get any email, check your spam/junk folders.

2014 campground map

An updated map for 2015 will be posted in early April.

Campground map