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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions for first timers and old timers.
Planning Synopsis - A short and simple hike planning guide.
Resupply - All the major resupply locations along the PCT.
Gear Lists - Complete gear lists of those that walked the walk.
Plans - Actual, complete plans/schedules used by thru-hikers.
Register - Sign the register! The virtual trailhead register for section or thru-hikers.
Stockmen - For those who travel the trail with their 4 hooved friends.
Join a Trail Crew - For a day or week, learn more about the joy of giving back.
Trail App Reports - View all reports submitted from the Postholer Trail App.

Pacific Crest Trail Google Map - trail trace, mileages, elevations, resupply, etc.
Mt San Jacinto - 1:30K maps from Hwy 74 to I-10.
JMT Map & Data Book - Free online map set and data book (available in PDF).
Overview Maps - 71, 1:100K maps and 29, 1:250K maps in PDF format.
Fire Perimeters - Interactive map of active fire perimeters.
Earthquake Map - 30 day interactive earthquake map along the PCT.

Data Book - Old online version, before 5th edition maps/data book.
Elevation Profiles - from the 5th edition maps. The most current available.
Photo Atlas - 7,000+ flora and landscape photos geo-referenced.

Links - A plethora of PCT links for all of your needs.
News - Trail news specific to the PCT.
Report Bikes on the PCT - Document bike encounters along the PCT.

Trail Conditions
Snow Depth - daily update of NOAA snow depth map.
Snow Conditions - Current and historical conditions. Weather, too!

Recent Forum Posts

Re: Water And Rain In High Sierra In August
FUnprepared - Tue, Jul 22, 2014 bet! Typically the T-Storms stop building after sunset. But occassionally you have them through the night. ...

2nd Edition Colorado Trail Map Book
postholer - Fri, Jul 18, 2014 now available! While you still get the same great look and feel, the style and fonts have changed to a much cleaner look....

Re: Kennedy Meadows Outgoing Mail
Miner - Fri, Jul 18, 2014
Back in 2009, I was able to mail out a box from the store. Though I used a flat rate priority box which made calculating the po...

Kennedy Meadows Outgoing Mail
cbliss10 - Fri, Jul 18, 2014
So I've begun planning my 2015 PCT thru hike supply drops and I am having some trouble at Kennedy Meadows. Being the start of t...

Re: Bikes On The Pacific Crest Trail
TheDane - Fri, Jul 18, 2014
Not sure this is the right place to post about a bike encounter, but best I could find Met southbound mountain bike at PCT mil...

Re: Hammock In High Sierra In August?
FUnprepared - Thu, Jul 17, 2014
Absolutely perfect answer, thank you! I will take an ultralight tent and a 200 g hammock just for the case of pleasant nights am...

Re: Hammock In High Sierra In August?
Miner - Wed, Jul 16, 2014
To use a hammock, you'll have to modify your daily mileage to insure that you are always below tree line at night. I would hate...

Re: Water And Rain In High Sierra In August
stillroaming - Wed, Jul 16, 2014 bet! Typically the T-Storms stop building after sunset. But occassionally you have them through the night. ...

Re: Water And Rain In High Sierra In August
FUnprepared - Wed, Jul 16, 2014
One more question - does it sometimes rain at night as well? I mean, when the sky is clear in the evening, you sleep without a t...

Hammock In High Sierra In August?
FUnprepared - Wed, Jul 16, 2014
When I hear, how many people are walking through high Sierra and do not even use a tent, I will ask a question - did you see any...

Re: Water And Rain In High Sierra In August
FUnprepared - Tue, Jul 15, 2014
I've been backpacking in the Sierra Nevada with a down sleeping bag for over 20 years. Never had any issues keeping it dry. I ...

Re: Water And Rain In High Sierra In August
FUnprepared - Tue, Jul 15, 2014
It can be extremely dry between Walker Pass and your first encounter with the Kern River. As for weather you can expect thunder...

Recent Journal Entrys

End Of The Trail For Now
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CT - anaddi8 - Today
my dream to hike the CT has been dashed due to cellulitis - a blister on toe which became an angry infection and landed me in th...
Zero Day In Salida
CDT - psmurf - Today
Changed from the hostel to the Super 8 Motel @ 1100. Marty, a fellow hostel resident of last night and this morning has been ver...
Health Continues To Challenge.
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PCT - slinging bull - Today
Setback yesterday from the liver doc. Might not get clearance to do strenuous exercise in high altitude. Or with a heavy pack on...
Timing Is Everything
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CT - UberBitch - Yesterday
The plan for today, wake up late, enjoy the full breakfast at our b&b, do a few errands, eat another guacamole bacon burger and ...
Fine Day
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PCT - Braxton25 - Yesterday
A lot of uphill all day. Some cloud cover helped with the heat. I need to get more miles in each day but I run out of steam afte...
Head In The Clouds (Feet, Too)
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PCT - SlowBro - Yesterday
Had a shower, got ready, and walked across the parking lot to the diner for breakfast at 6:10. After eating I checked out of the...
Last Day In Ashland
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PCT - Kevin Taylor - Yesterday
Breakfast with Rob and Val at Morning Glory next door, fantastic. Introduced Rob to Easy A and DC. All morning packing 8 boxes w...
Day 90
CDT - pounce - Yesterday
I arrived in Grand Lake this morning! The last section was super-tough, but rewarding. It was filled with steep, long ups and do...
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AT - grimtongue - Yesterday
Well, we had a super short day today milage wise, only 12.1 miles. Mostly due to the incredible heat and humidity coupled with c...
Vermont/Massachusetts Border South On The Appala
AT - Soggybottom - Yesterday
This weekend I am headed to NYC for my uncles 80th birthday. I got a bus ticket leaving Monday at 9 am to take me to the trail h...
Change Of Planning Tools
PCT - cbliss10 - Yesterday
After spending the past week using the planning tool, I've decided to stray. I've found both the planning and gear...
July 22 - Subway Cave To Burney Falls State Park
PCT - Silkies - Tue, Jul 22, 2014
Well, we did a big day. Decided a while ago to go for a big day here because the mileage and resupply location made sense to go ...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

PCT photo

Snow caps at Big Bear

StarMan - PCT - May 9, 2014 - Big Bear Lake
MP 277.6, Leaving Big Bear after a day of rest. It was cold, good thing for sweatshirts at the hostel. Great folks and great hiker stories already after two weeks on the trail. Feeling Great!

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