Pass to Pass – Hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail for Parkinson’s

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2020 Trip Schedule on the Pacific Crest Trail

Hike 1
Chinook Pass to White pass
Fri July 31 to Wed August 5
Hike 2
White Pass to Chinook pass
Wed August 5 to Mon August 10
Hike 3
Chinook Pass to White Pass
Wed August 10 to Sat August 15
Hike 4
White Pass to Potato Hill (Ends at Walupt Lake if trip 6 is cancelled)
Sat August 15 to Fri August 21
Hike 5
Potato Hill to Mosquito Lake
Fri August 21 to Tue August 25




All hikes are in Washington State and supported by llamas. For more information, contact us at



In  early 2016, Bill Meyer met with Ken Kisch to discuss  how to make it easier for people with Parkinson’s Disease to backpack. We decided to use pack animals to carry some of the gear and  have support hikers to help as needed. We knew we would need sponsors and donors to fulfill our mission and keep it affordable.

The first year (2016) our hike was from Stevens Pass to Snoqualmie pass with pack train, wranglers and horses. The second year (2017) we hiked from Rainy Pass to Suiattle River trailhead with llamas and the llamas were more flexible and still carried enough weight to ease the packs of the people with PD. The third year (2018), we did two hikes Harts Pass to Rainy Pass and Rainy Pass loop through Stehekin and Rainbow Pass.


  • Raise awareness about Parkinson’s Disease and its symptoms
  • Demonstrate the benefits of exercise in managing the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease
  • Provide opportunities for people with Parkinsons’ Disease to participate in backcountry activities

Testimonials and Stories

We had a successful March  2019 series of hikes in Joshua Tree Monument.

We have Parkie and Support Hikers for 2019 but are maintaining a recruiting list for 2020. Parkies do not need a support hiker, however, if you wish we can match you with one of our volunteer support hikers.

The 2019 event as three back to back hikes in the Washington Southern Cascades with varying degrees of difficulty.

All three hikes are in Washington State and supported by llamas. For more information, contact us at


Show your support to sponsors who gave so generously to our event. Click on the logos below to learn more about them.