The Pacific Crest Trail was already a popular place to take a hike, long or short.
Then the movie "Wild" and other events focused more attention on the trail, adding to its mystique.
But the mystique can't correct hot and dry conditions with potentially little water available--the conditions of this summer.
The Pacific Crest Trail Association manages sections of the PCT.
And trail managers are bracing for issues created by the drought and earlier-than-usual summer heat.