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Pacific Crest Trail

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.

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.

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: 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. ...

Free 2014 JMT Maps Available!
postholer - Tue, Nov 4, 2014
The JMT maps have been completely brought into the 21st century. They are free, but they require a log in. The last update was ...

CDT Google Map Updated!
postholer - Mon, Oct 27, 2014
By dumb luck I stumbled across the latest publicly available .kml for the CDT over at the CDTC web site. It's the 2012 version f...

PCT 6th Edition Pocket Maps Available Now
postholer - Fri, Oct 24, 2014
The 6th and latest edition of the PCT Pocket Maps are now available for the 2015 hiking season! We've made big changes to the m...

Don't Go WILD!!!
postholer - Fri, Oct 24, 2014
It is difficult to find a more compelling or heart wrenching hiking story than the one told by Cheryl Strayed in her book Wild. ...

PCT 2015 During Summer Break.
mhfleming92 - Tue, Oct 14, 2014
Hey all! I'm thinking of hiking the PCT in-between semesters of college next season. I was just curious if there was anyone el...

Re: AT Factoids
Gorp-Gobbler - Sat, Oct 11, 2014
Hey, pretty neat info. Sure could impress some so called AT "Know it Alls" with this, of course they would probably sa...

NOBO From Tehachapi In Mid-July?
bradmarston - Sat, Oct 11, 2014
Hello -- I'm considering section hiking the PCT NOBO from Tehachapi pass to Onion Valley, starting in mid-July or so. I've hike...

Recent Journal Entrys

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...
Lessons Learned
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AT - jimmyjam - Sat, Nov 15, 2014
On my last trip to the SNP in the freakish storm I learned a few things and have accordingly made some adjustments in my gear ch...
The Most Wonderful Discovery!
GHT - maddog murph - Wed, Nov 12, 2014
This weekend I traveled to Seattle to participate in Sea-to-Sky a West Coast Dance conference, and my Grandmother felt ill while...
Osprey Honoring Their Almighty Guarantee
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PCT - perrybros - Mon, Nov 10, 2014
Today I called Osprey to get a repair done on my Atmos 65. The waterproof zippers on the back tend to be a weak point in these p...
It's Real! I Told My Mom
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PCT - niapatt333 - Mon, Nov 10, 2014
Well now I have to do this. This morning I told my mother I'm doing it and she said she thought it was awesome! Guess i have...
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AT - Gorp-Gobbler - Mon, Oct 27, 2014
On October 18th and 19th, I joined a few other Buckeye Trail members, to hike another 19.1 miles. The majority of our hike was o...
In Silver City
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CDT - James M - Fri, Oct 24, 2014
Greetings from sunny Silver City! It's been a while since I've had a full rest day, so I figured I'd take one today and explore ...
I Bid Thee Farewell, And To All A Good Night
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PCT - vagrans - Wed, Oct 22, 2014
Well, here I am back home on California's Smith River. I'm sitting on my favorite green recliner, sipping coffee while t...
Tahoe Yosemite Trail Information
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OTHER - Miner - Sun, Oct 19, 2014
I spent some time typing up some information for anyone considering hiking the Tahoe Yosemite Trail including some of the logist...
Now That I Am Home
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PCT - vickiclift - Fri, Oct 17, 2014
It has been pointed out by a few folks that I haven't really wrapped this up. Yep. I am home. I guess. I still feel like a visit...
Day 175
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PCT - tab - Thu, Oct 16, 2014
Taking a well deserved Zero, but it's amazing how quickly it disappears. It's hot down here away from the mountains. Met...
Journal Entry
AT - dgoettlicher - Tue, Oct 14, 2014
Lessons learned (Appalachian Trail)~~I am tougher in the woods than I am in the suburbs.~~The simpler life of the trail is hard ...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

PCT photo

Snows up to Sonora

Tahoma 29 - PCT - Jul 8, 2010 - Sonora Pass And Adios Big Sierras!
Is it possible? Could it be true? Might we have dealt with the last of
the big snows? I love the stuff in the winter for skiing and also for
climbing in the summer (eg Rainier) but we have had so much of it on
the trail for the last 2+ months and it has so slowed our progress not
to mention being dangerous at times that we are really ready for it to
end! Now! Please!
We three, Shin, Lone Ranger and Tahoma made the big push over Sonora
Pass today but not before I, in the lead, attempted to take Lone
Ranger over the wrong pass, Emigrant Pass. This unscheduled detour due
to my faulty navigation cost us about 20 minutes and 189.6 calories.
Such a shame, but we turned around and eventually caught up with Shin
who apparently knew better than to follow me early in the morning.
To get over Sonora Pass (elev 9600) we actually had to hike
significantly higher through a notch in the mountains at 10,800 ft and
continue along ridgelines for many miles before finally dropping to
the historic pass used by pioneers first in the 1840's and 1850's. It
was certainly in the top five hardest days so far, lots of steep up
and down, a couple route finding challenges, postholing, river wading
and mud sucking.
My body is really beaten up in so many places. I think my attempts to
protect my painful right knee resulted in the return of my left shin
splint and attempts to protect that have resulted in a painful pulled
tendon on the inside of the left ankle. The pads leading to the third
and fourth toes are terrifically sore from the downhill pounding on
rocky slopes and every night as I try to massage my legs and feet I
get cramps in my hamstrings, sometimes my calves. The very clear
message is that my WHOLE body needs some zero days of rest. The
odometer is now over 1000 miles and service is required. Shin's knees
and right ankle are starting to bother him too. If we can physically
do it we'd like to cover the remaining 68 miles to Echo Summit
In three days hitching into Tahoe on Sunday night. I'm dreaming of the
jacuzzi tub in a room at Harrah's or Caesar's. Can't wait!!

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