Get Paid $5,000 To Hike A Trail With Your Bestie

Go on the ultimate summer adventure with your best friend.

Now that the cold weather is easing up and the snow is melting (hopefully for good this season), it’s the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. There’s no better way to do this than going on a nice long hike with a friend. And if you and your bestie are ready to hit the trails this year, we have the dream job for both of you.

Carson City, Nevada’s tourism board is looking to find two adventure and outdoor-loving friends to tackle the Pacific Crest Trail in its entirety. That’s 1,600 miles of hiking, practically ending in Canada. But the best part is that you’ll be paid to hike the whole thing over the course of a summer.

Think both of you are up to the task? Find out how you and your best friend can apply for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

What You’ll Do

If selected by Visit Carson City, you and your hiking BFF will conquer the Pacific Crest Trail. Be aware: this isn’t for two casual hikers. This is a 1,600-mile trek from the Nevada State Capitol Building, ending at the Canadian border.

The trip will take place sometime during the summer of 2025, and documenting part of your journey is also one of the main requirements. This is to help celebrate the completion of a 16-mile trail that now connects Carson City to the Pacific Crest Trail.

Carson City hooks up with the Tahoe Trail, which then leads to some of the greatest hiking spots in the world. However, the Pacific Crest Trail is also known to be an incredibly dangerous hike. With threats from animals to nature itself, it’s not a casual hike to be taken lightly. But that’s also why it has such a vast appeal to experienced hikers around the world.

The trail is also famous due to the book Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. There was also a movie made by the same name starring Reese Witherspoon.

What You’ll Win

Of course, you’ll be paid for your hard work. Each person receives $5,000 upon completion of the hike. You don’t need to be a resident of Nevada to apply, either. The application is open to anyone who thinks they could successfully complete the entire 1,600-mile hike.

If you’re ready to send in your entry to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, click here.

Applications are due May 31. Finalists will be contacted in late July 2024.