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Resupply - All the major resupply locations.
Gear Lists - See sample gear lists of those that walked the walk.
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Earthquake Maps - Recent earthquakes along the trail

Data Book - Most current PCT databook
Elevation Profiles - Elevation profiles
Photo Atlas - 7,000+ flora and landscape photos geo-referenced.

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Report Bikes on the PCT - Document bike encounters long the PCT

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

Recent Forum Posts

Echo Lake Resupply
Grey Raven - Wed, Sep 2, 2015
Just got off the phone with Tom at Echo Lake Chalet. Their store will be closing for the season at 5pm on Monday Labor Day. They...

Introducing The New Hike Planner
postholer - Tue, Sep 1, 2015
You now have a new, comprehensive hike planner that creates your plan dynamically based on your hiking style, terrain, condition...

Echo Lake Resort No Longer Accepts Resupply Pkgs
postholer - Thu, Aug 13, 2015
As of October 1st 2015, Echo Lake Resort will no longer accept resupply packages. You will need to send your resupply to the P....

Re: Kennedy Meadows To Campo In Winter?
jfulgham - Wed, Jul 29, 2015
Thank you for the information. I'm currently working 12 hours a day, 6 days a week. It doesn't leave a lot of time for researc...

Re: Kennedy Meadows To Campo In Winter?
postholer - Tue, Jul 28, 2015
Ok, I'll do your homework for you. In January, in SoCal, during a normal winter, you will have a tough time finding a long exte...

Re: Kennedy Meadows To Campo In Winter?
jfulgham - Tue, Jul 28, 2015
If I wanted to do a southbound winter hike on the PCT to Campo, what is a safe point to start from in January? I am into advent...

Re: Kennedy Meadows To Campo In Winter?
postholer - Tue, Jul 28, 2015
Is it doable? Yes. KM to Campo is 700 miles. Hundreds of miles would be in winter time snow conditions. KM is closed during win...

Kennedy Meadows To Campo In Winter?
jfulgham - Mon, Jul 27, 2015
Hello. I am interested in making a southbound hike in January and February. I am not familiar with weather and elevation yet on...

Re: Water Availability - North Cascades
LaGrangePoints5 - Thu, Jul 23, 2015
I was on a brief hike north from Harts Pass last week, and the first water north was pretty good at Tamarack Peak. I ran into a...

Start Date - Kennedy Meadows
Button - Thu, Jul 23, 2015
Hello - just after some advice from hikers of the PCT... If I was interested in doing a partial PCT hike from Kennedy Meadows t...

Water Availability - North Cascades
57over170 - Wed, Jul 22, 2015
We've been tracking the snow melt in the North Cascades and see that snow pack is way down from 30yr average. There's an alert f...

Re: Lift To Harts Pass ?
LaGrangePoints5 - Fri, Jul 17, 2015
Yes, that is reasonable. From the Mt. Vernon bus station, you can easily get a Skagit transit bus to Concrete. There are stores...

Recent Journal Entrys

Summertime, Summertime, Sum Sum Summertime
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PCT - maxmontano - Today
Sept 1st We hiked out as planned this morning and decided to take an alternate route that everyone else was taking. It avoids a little elevation and is about 9 miles shorter. It was supposed t...
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AT - chaseat99 - Today
The food and rest yesterday was great. I've been stuffing myself all day today also. I weigh 155 #s that's 15 or more pounds down from normal. Surf and turf platter was great from Mr Pizza. J...
Heart Butte On Fire
CDT - Jellybean - Yesterday
I am road walking south around the Bob Marshall Wilderness. The whole world seems to be on fire! I saw a black bear just as I left East Glacier. At least today was mostly gravel. Friendly hors...
Day 27
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PCT - higherg1 - Yesterday
On the trail by 7 am which is good for me. It was a slower pace in the morning with it being up and down but overall not bad. I saw a couple of south bounders, both wearing white tee shirts, a...
Temp Entry
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PCT - tpotter - Tue, Sep 1, 2015
Temp Update: After hiking 3 days in rain from Snoqualmie to Stevens, I am cold and soaked. So, I'm going to take a zero day at my Sister Jennifer's house in Cashmere. She is on the way...
To Squaw Pass And South
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CDT - Jo - Tue, Sep 1, 2015
August 2. We woke up at 5:15, decided to eat later (ever hopeful for the warm rays of the sun!). so we were on the trail at 6 a.m. The sky was fairly clear when we got up and almost a full moo...
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AT - Tjb02141993 - Mon, Aug 31, 2015
Warm day but not a single climb so I didn't lose much water. Drank a lot of water though which seems to be helping my shins quite a bit. I found myself cursing at the rocks today which I didn'...
August 31, 2015
AT - pprovost - Mon, Aug 31, 2015
August 31, 2015 Monday Day 80 Miles about 980 We left the dusty rafting Mecca of Abol Bridge Campground after downing two of their breakfast sandwiches, a blueberry muffin (marginal) ...
When Shit Got Real
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CDT - jgregory - Mon, Aug 31, 2015
I've been kicked out of the mountains: they're closed for business. My daily life has come to resemble, quite literally, Cormac McCarthy's The Road. As I type this very entry on my phone, I'm ...
JMT - sgundry - Mon, Aug 31, 2015
Enjoying a nero day! Strider picked us up at the trailhead a bit after noon and brought us to her motel. She proceeded to wash our clothes and offer us a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. After we all s...
The Road Home
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PCT - mike-nancy - Mon, Aug 31, 2015
On August 1st, we spent this day cleaning and preparing for the drive home. On August 2nd, we started our drive home. First we drove to the mainland past Miami and then turned west through th...
What To Do, What To Do...
PCT - Ellen S - Mon, Aug 31, 2015
Well, we've been busy...just not busy hiking the PCT. In light of the closures, etc, we decided to take some time off the trail to see if conditions would improve. At the advise of a local in ...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

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Why Wait!? - CDT - Jul 18, 2013 - Lester
Nero in encampment--I was hitching to the library when Lester came out of the big equipment garage and asked if I needed a ride up to the pass-- I answered yes, but that I had some work to do first-- he said to come over when I was finished... 2 hours later, we entered the garage and got invited into the office where the "boys" were-- 3 men who work on all the county roads--- we had a great talk about elk, hunting, roads, local stuff-- laughing too--- so much fun! Then Lester took us to our trailhead ( saw a bear cross the road!!) and he showed us photos of a 200 pound mountain lion that he shot near there last winter-- he will stuff it and put it in his kitchen (no thanks !). .. Anyhow, we are back on the trail in pretty Montana. Yes.

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