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  • A hiker stands at a table full of various foods inside a covered shelter. The hiker is pulling a piece of bread out of a bag.
    Roman Battaglia
    Jefferson Public Radio
    Every year, some of the most committed backpackers brave over 2,600 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail, on their way from Mexico to Canada. When they see a road for the first time in days, they’re occasionally lucky enough to run into helpful people waiting with fresh fruit or cold beer to greet them. On the PCT, this backpacking experience known as “trail magic” is alive and well.
  •  A hiker passes along Ecola State Park on the Oregon Coast Trail.
    Oregon Parks and Recreation Department/Satoshi ETO
    The Oregon Coast Trail (OCT) stretches along the entire 362-mile coastline-- from Washington to California. There are some gaps along the way-- disconnected sections of trail that pose safety concerns for hikers. Now, the public is asked to provide feedback on plans to reconnect the OCT.