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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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Fire Perimeters - Interactive map of active fire perimeters.
Snow Conditions - Current and historical conditions. Weather, too!
Snow Depth - daily update of NOAA snow depth map.

Recent Forum Posts

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...

Lift To Harts Pass ?
golightly - Tue, Jul 14, 2015
Hi I am finally arriving in Vancouver 21st July 22nd I will get Amtrak to Mt Vernon and bus to concrete (?) and then start hitch...

Re: Moderate/Strong El Nino Occurring
postholer - Sun, Jul 12, 2015
"There is a greater than 90% chance that El Nio will continue through Northern Hemisphere winter 2015-16, and around an 80%...

Re: PCT Fires, A Graphic Look
Gary Schenk - Mon, Jul 6, 2015
If I had to choose between mountain bikers and hiker's illegal campfires on the PCT, I'd choose the bikers....

Recent Journal Entrys

Nice Days In Oregon
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PCT - maxmontano - Yesterday
July 28th Another good day. We woke up and started hiking around 630 as usual. It was another cool morning but not nearly as cold as the past couple days. After about 6 miles we got to the mai...
The Hills Are Alive
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CDT - jgregory - Yesterday
Remember way back in New Mexico when I was taking shortcuts all over the place and you thought that I was just gonna shortcut way up the entire trail? Well I'm happy to report that Colorado is...
Last Day Off For A While
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PCT - tpotter - Yesterday
Today is a zero day for me. I got up fairly early (since sleeping in is really hard now) and did chores like resupplying my food, sewing up a broken tent strap, sewing up holes in my pants poc...
Day 117; Callahan's Lodge
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PCT - d-c-nelson - Tue, Jul 28, 2015
Because I only had a little hiking to do today, I started late and in my short bit of walking got some wonderful views of Mt. Shasta from the north. Due to the wandering nature of the trail in...
Got Muggy Day
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AT - chaseat99 - Tue, Jul 28, 2015
Slept good, looking forward to sleeping in later in the morning. My hike shorts were all pretty wet this morning. We had a detour of 3 or more miles. The AT followed the roads going around a f...
Good Birthday Gift
CDT - psmurf - Tue, Jul 28, 2015
Successfully rejoin the Flop-Mark Trail team. They are staying in the Loadore Inn so I move my gear to that location. Yesterday, they incurred a snow storm and had to hunkerdown down during th...
One Week To Go
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PCT - higherg1 - Tue, Jul 28, 2015
Only a week to go before the PCT adventure begins. I have been too busy to get much training in which is typical. Tonight my buddy Andrew and I will go over to the stairs and go up and down ti...
The High Point Of Our Hike!
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CT - rlhdancer - Mon, Jul 27, 2015
The High Point of Our Hike! Our six yurt residents expanded as the day progressed yesterday. First, a hiker named Wiffle Chicken (he carries a Wiffle bat and tethered ball) came in out of the...
July 27, 2015
AT - pprovost - Mon, Jul 27, 2015
July 27, 2015 Monday Day 43 Miles about 570 We left our full shelter area this morning (we were tenting per usual) and ran out to the road near Woodstock VT so we could get Bongo to he...
In Which I Enjoy My Unexpected Day Off In Republ
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PNT - markdavis - Mon, Jul 27, 2015
I slept in and took it easy most of the day. Even the work was easy as the PO to get my resupply box was right next door. The laundromat was a block away. The cafe where I had a sandwich and s...
The Infinite Debate: Alone Or Not
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PCT - Frenchie - Mon, Jul 27, 2015
So last night I was eating diner with my family and friends. One of the guest is a big fan of hiking so we were talking about my project to do the PCT which started a huge argument about the f...
On My Way To The Trailhead
BFT - fireweed - Mon, Jul 27, 2015
My friend Dianne Keller has volunteered to take me to the trailhead and then will walk with me a few miles up the trail. We went out to eat last night and looked at maps. I left the task of lo...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

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one of the sisters

PCT Loco - PCT - Aug 18, 2009 - Oregon Day 11
I am writing this from the cozy confines of the Sisters Inn in Sisters, Oregon. It's so nice to be able to type on a real computer! This entry is late because my phone died, once again, about 2/3 into day 11. It only takes a jolt of electricity to bring it back, but electric sockets are few and far between in the woods.

Anyway, got started at 7 and made sure to stretch good before leaving. I camped overnight in the Elk Lake resort campground. I started walking very slow today to protect my achilles/calf. I don't know if it was the slow initial pace, or the stretching or maybe it was nothing yesterday, because today my achilles/calf felt great.

Today was the best day of the trip, with the exception of perhaps the Crater Lake day. The Three Sisters wilderness was very impressive. After only an hour or so, the vistas really opened up. The sisters are massive snow covered volcanoes. I can't wait to post the photos. I certainly took enough of them. There was a really nice waterfall today, Obsidian Falls, which had nice cold water (no need to even treat). I saw lots of weekend hikers today though no thrus.

The last several hours of hiking were quite strenuous because it was almost entirely over lava rocks. Not the ground up variety but big chunks of lava. It made for very tiring hiking. But the scenery, and hopefully the pictures, were spectacular. I wound up at the camp ground at Lava Camp Lake. I pulled in after dark, around 8:30. My initially slow pace, and the slow trodding over the lava rocks made for a slow, long day.

And lastly, the mosquitoes finally seem to have let up. There were many fewer today and hence many fewer bites. Yeah!!!

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