Do’s and Don’ts of Hiker Hitchhiking

Thru Hikers - Pacific Crest Trail
Thru Hikers – Pacific Crest Trail (Photo credit: ex_magician)
Crater Lake
Crater Lake-Oregon


Thru-hikers need to resupply. That  means hitching to town, or to a camp that has a store and other services. Sometimes, it can take a while to get a hitch. You can improve your chances by doing a few simple things.

Be as neat as possible. Tuck your clothes in, wash your face, cover wild hair with a cap. Make the effort.

Don’t bunch with other hikers. More than two hikers holding out thumbs at one spot is not wise–drivers will be reluctant to squeeze everyone in.

Pare off with a female, if possible. Your odds improve—I’ve seen it happen, and I’ll leave it at that.

Don’t look depressed or forlorn, especially if it’s a nice day. A driver will want to communicate and, perhaps, learn things. A driver is less likely to stop if he/she senses misery and discomfort.

Shelter Cove Resort, near the Pacific Crest Trail, is a marina and camp on Odell Lake in Crescent, Oregon.

Published by Ray Anderson

Hiker and writer. Have hiked the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, The Long Trail (Vermont), and some of the Continental Divide Trail. My trail name is "HAMLET." Have written three hiking novels (thrillers). The first one, "THE TRAIL," was traditionally published in 2015. My second hiking thriller, "SIERRA," released Oct 2016. Book three in my AWOL hiking-thriller series, "THE DIVIDE" releases from Turner Publishing 8/18/2020.

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