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Pacific Crest Trail

Planning
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.

Maps
PCT Pocket Maps - the most current PCT maps available!
Pacific Crest Trail Google Map - trail trace, mileages, elevations, resupply, etc.
JMT Map & Data Book - Free online map set and data book (available in PDF).
Fire Perimeters - Interactive map of active fire perimeters.
Earthquake Map - 30 day interactive earthquake map along the PCT.

Reference
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.

Miscellaneous
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

2015 CDT Map Set & Data Book Available Now!
postholer - Mon, Dec 8, 2014
The first, complete, free CDT map set and data book are finished and available. This is the only free map set available that fol...

Re: CDT Data Book & Elev Charts (free)
postholer - Wed, Dec 3, 2014
The CDT data book is now available as a free 143 page PDF file. Go to the page to download it. -postholer...

Arizona Trail To Great Divide Trail
Richard K Jones - Wed, Dec 3, 2014
I'm very interested in hiking the Utah section of the AZT to GDT; however in searching for journals or written reports about thi...

CDT Data Book & Elev Charts (free)
postholer - Tue, Dec 2, 2014
Over the last week I've been putting together the data book and elevation charts so I can finalize the CDT maps. Finally, it's...

Re: Don't Go WILD!!!
HikeOfALifetime - Mon, Dec 1, 2014
Nice to see the movie getting a bunch of good reviews already... hope it at least inspires more people to get out of the office ...

Re: When To Hike?
stillroaming - Tue, Nov 18, 2014
You want to leave June 1st and you have 71 days. Say you want to average 15 miles a day, that excludes averaging in zero days, i...

When To Hike?
kelsoaasness22 - Tue, Nov 18, 2014
Hello! I am looking for some advice from those who are experienced in PCT hiking conditions. My friend and I are planning to hi...

CDT Map Project (free)
postholer - Fri, Nov 7, 2014
Now that accurate data of the CDT has become more available, it's time we took a serious pass at creating a set of free maps for...

Re: CDT Google Map Updated!
postholer - Wed, Nov 5, 2014
The CDT trace is now current. Over the last week I've been correcting the 2012 trace with the data and tools I have access to. ...

Recent Journal Entrys

Shuttle
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AT - jimmyjam - Yesterday
So I have my shuttle arranged for an April 1 start from the NOC. A nice challenging start with a 6.7 mile straight up the mounta...
Journal Entry
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AT - Gorp-Gobbler - Yesterday
Sorry I've not been keeping this journal updated, for those of you that have been reading it, if in deed there is anyone rea...
Walking The Path
GHT - maddog murph - Wed, Dec 17, 2014
Today I'm nearly completely prepared for my trip to Mt. Rainier in January, one of my training trips for Nepal. Hyperlite's (hyp...
Winter Reading
PCT - KimH - Mon, Dec 15, 2014
If anyone is looking for a book to get their hiking literature fix during the winter, I recommend "Hold For Hiker Trash," by K.M...
Why
PCT - somendn - Fri, Dec 12, 2014
Osiyo The number one question and the most difficult to explain about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is WHY? For me its be...
Promises Promises
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PCT - KatScratch - Thu, Dec 11, 2014
I spent two hours in REI on Tuesday just chatting with the workers about gear. My uncle Tony is amazing and got SWEET knives for...
Research And Planning
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PCT - perrybros - Wed, Dec 10, 2014
I've been busy researching the trail and preparing my gear. Those little sew/repair jobs really do provide a sense of accomplish...
Pre-trip Planning
GET - ryandax - Thu, Dec 4, 2014
Just decided a few weeks ago that I want to hike the Grand Enchantment trail (G.E.T.) The idea came while brainstorming what to ...
Major Gear Items
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PCT - larrenmerriman - Wed, Dec 3, 2014
OK - let's talk about gear. I've made a few entries on the gear list page, all of them things I already own & use, and am consid...
Final Decision
PCT - hikerlulu - Mon, Dec 1, 2014
I have been dreaming of doing this trail for almost 5 years and 2015 is finally the year I am going to accept the challenge. I c...
2015 DECISION
PCT - MotherGoose - Thu, Nov 27, 2014
Well I have done a lot of soul searching and realizing I have no partner for the grizzly part of the CDT trail, which a lot of h...
Kicking It Around
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PCT - LaGrangePoints5 - Sat, Nov 22, 2014
One day in August, it just occurred to me - the Pacific Crest Trail. I've hiked a lot over the years, the Cascades in Washington...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

CDT photo

To the top...that's where we're headed.

DiscoDan - CDT - Jun 24, 2010 - Journal Entry
26.6 mile day and boy am I bushed.  And did I mention the weather was beautiful yet again today?   Kathy took us back to the trailhead we ended at yesterday.  Just as we were getting out of the truck, a big bull moose comes walking down the road headed into the woods.  I just wasn't fast enough with my camera and only managed to get the moose’s tail end.... Darn.  We did see another moose later in the morning when we were once again hiking through a small section of Rocky Mountain National Park.  I also saw elk galore this morning.   At one point today we were hiking in the Never Summer Wilderness area....how appropriate because, you guessed it, we ran into a bunch more snow, lost the trail a few times, did a little post-holing and got just a tad frustrated.  Going up and over Bowen Pass we ran into a huge snow drift that we had to get up and over.  It was fairly steep and got steeper as I got to the top. When I first started climbing it, I was able to kick steps parallel to the slope.  As it got steeper the closer I got to the top, I had to start kicking steps with my boots perpendicular to the slope. I believe in climber jargon it's known as front pointing; that’s assuming you have crampons on.  At any rate, I made it safe and sound but I was breathing hard once I got to the top.  Abie also made it with no problem following in my steps.   Once we got up and over the pass, that's when we really started to get into a lot of snow covering the trail.  For a change, we stayed up around 11,000 feet for awhile and of course that's the elevation around where there's so much snow.  Once we finally started to descend we got out of the snow but it seemed like there for awhile we'd never get away from the white stuff.  White stuff or not, life is good!   Cheers,   Disco

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