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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.
Gear Lists - See sample gear lists of those that walked the walk.
Plans - Itineraries, resupply locations as used by hikers.
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Google Map - trail trace, mileages, elevations, resupply, etc.
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Earthquake Maps - Recent earthquakes along the trail

Reference
Data Book - Old onLine version
Elevation Profiles - Elevation profiles
Photo Atlas - 7,000+ flora and landscape photos geo-referenced.

Miscellaneous
News - News specific to the trail
Report Bikes on the PCT - Document bike encounters long the PCT

Trail Conditions
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: Class Of 2015
Lucky_Man - Sat, Apr 18, 2015
I'm doing a section southbound starting late July 21 or early July 22 from I-80 near Truckee and heading to Walker Pass, Highway...

Re: Worried About My Knees
jwohlhueter - Sat, Apr 18, 2015
Recently retired and turned 65. PCT has always been a dream and now I have the time. I am concerned about long term health affec...

Re: Organizing A Group For Early May 2015
Rover - Tue, Apr 14, 2015
Wow, doesn't look like you got any responses so maybe this isn't the right forum. As any rate, I am heading out April 25th but ...

Re: Worried About My Knees
jgar15 - Tue, Apr 14, 2015
I have hiked the trail and would say that from your description of what bothers you, that you will probably be ok. My dad hiked ...

Re: Worried About My Knees
atbaritone - Sun, Apr 12, 2015
I can't speak for the entire trail, having backpacked only the JMT, but I distinctly remember the JMT section having many tall s...

Looking For An Old Friend
Ron - Sat, Apr 11, 2015
Our group lost contact with one of the Gang. His trail name is TARIGO. He section hiked with us from Rock Fish Gap, VA to the to...

Another Bounce Box Question
Sundown - Fri, Apr 10, 2015
I have done the bounce box before on the AT and the PCT, I have also noticed that some of the PO's on the AT get put out with it...

Worried About My Knees
dcplagens - Wed, Apr 8, 2015
I have arthritis in both knees and am worried about steps along the PCT. Smooth trail is fine (even when steep), but lots of ste...

Re: Bounce Box?
stillroaming - Sat, Apr 4, 2015
5 gallon buckets are fairly popular, but not very roomy. I prefer a rugged plastic storage box large enough for an ice axe, seal...

Bounce Box?
Sealord3 - Sat, Apr 4, 2015
What makes a good bounce box (container)? What options are their, I know the cardboard parcel post boxes are available an seem ...

PCT Fires, A Graphic Look
postholer - Wed, Apr 1, 2015
From 2001 - 2014, the southern most 500 miles of the PCT has seen 49% of the trail burned. That's 246 miles folks. From 2009 - 2...

Re: WA - Mosquitos In August?
islandgirl - Tue, Mar 31, 2015
Thanks so much! We will be there on the cusp it sounds like but I will be bringing protection for sure, along with a daily dose...

Recent Journal Entrys

Scissors Crossing
PCT - spectrum - Yesterday
Got up and broke camp. Headed for the water supply at the fire tank six miles down the trail at pct mile 68. This was a good sup...
A Warm Up Hike
HT - fireweed - Yesterday
Gearheads outdoor store has to be one of the best hiking stores I have ever been in. Crammed from one end to the other with ever...
Day 12
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PCT - stewart50 - Yesterday
A true Zero done in true PCT fashion, that is wander down to the Red Kettle for breakfast, back to the Silver Pines to relax for...
Day 2
PCT - hikerfaceplant - Yesterday
Day 1: Mile 11. Day 2: Mile 26. Still going. Day 1 was the bus to Campo, then a walk to the start for compulsory photos. After 1...
Getting Serious
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PCT - KatScratch - Yesterday
So I have started a youtube account to track my preparation as well as other adventures i go on up until my PCT hike. I will be ...
Waynesboro, Virginia!
AT - thodge - Yesterday
Hello all! We have made it to Waynesboro, Virginia! We arrived around 11am this morning after Yoyo called and secured a shuttle ...
Zero Day
PCT - Zog - Yesterday
Actually, walking between the hotel and shopping area several times adds up to about 6 miles, but with no pack it is super easy....
April 16 - Thursday
PCT - Forrest - Yesterday
Slept like crap. It was freezing cold. Luckily our water bottles and filters did not freeze. Some hikers we talked to during the...
Out Of The Smokies
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AT - kes - Fri, Apr 17, 2015
Great short day to end the Smokies, which were physically and mentally exhausting. Pacecar and I left the shelter late after tak...
Day 15: A Quick Restocking In Big Bear City
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PCT - d-c-nelson - Fri, Apr 17, 2015
The temperature was below freezing when I started to break camp, but I still got on the trail by 7:00 because I planned for a bi...
No Rain Is Nice
AT - chaseat99 - Fri, Apr 17, 2015
It was warm lay night and warmer today. Nice to hike in shorts. It got pretty hot towards the end of the day with not much wins ...
Fresh Pine Smell
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PCT - tpotter - Fri, Apr 17, 2015
I set out early in the cold morning air. It wasn't too long till it was hot though. The weather has been great with temps maybe ...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

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Jo - CDT - Aug 5, 2012 - Temple Lake To Sweet Water Guard Station (4 Miles Shy Of )
This morning we got going early, we decided to pack up and eat later. Aside from slowing us down, it means we don't have to stand around eating in the cold and getting colder.
We started up to the un-named pass above Temple Lake and staying high on the east flank we found enough bits of trail to make the going easier. I should give credit where it's due. The reality is that in the last few days, about 50% of the time, it's Mr. Cody who finds the trail. I used to think it was because he would find the easiest path but he has been so consistently successful at finding whatever little route there is that I have come to the conclusion, that this experienced trail dog is methodically looking for it. Yesterday, Kerry and I were looking for a route by a creek, apparently on the wrong side of it After watching us go back and forth a for few minutes, Mr. C. Crossed the creek and walked about 15 feet up the other side and just stood there. I followed him and there he was standing on a trail!
It was another grueling ascent. According to Wolf, this un-named pass, at 11,500 feet, is the highest CDT Pass in the Wind River Range, and more or less our last. At the top we sat and ate our well-earned breakfast in the early morning light, surrounded by grey mountains rising against the deep blue sky, what more could one ask for?
After we found the track down to the (un) Frozen Lake below, things went very smoothly (see trail notes for more info). We were really enjoying the day, a cloudless sky, cool breeze and not a care in the world. We were enjoying ourselves so much that we completely missed the turn to Sweetwater Guard Station and ended up 6 roundtrip miles off course (see trail notes for full description). This is why we didn't make it to the Guard station tonight.
I had been thinking that it is much easier to walk on any trail, even the wrong one, than to walk on no trail at all. It is also easy to miss a junction when it doesn't look as you expected it to, which is what happened to us. According to the map, we were looking for a T intersection, what the map didn't show was that to stay on the trail we had to make a sharp right turn at the top of the "T" instead of going straight on, which is what we did. Three miles later we discovered our mistake. We thought about going cross-country to eliminate two sides of the triangle, but this is wild country and we were not sure what kind of obstacle lay between us and our goal. In the end we took the easiest route, retracing our steps to the junction. It was poorly marked and easy to miss for a south bounder, so Kerry piled rocks on the two cairns marking the spot as they had been partially knocked down.
Tomorrow, we will need to make tracks. We want to arrive in South Pass City before they close for the day Tuesday. We'll see.
Trail notes: WY 20 Ley east turn by number 4 is not obvious, the trail appears to go straight ( a pack trail on the Map, which appears to turn west, to the SB hiker appears to go straight). The actual cut off is marked by 2 small cairns that were partially knocked over and the trail they marked wasn't obvious. We hiked 19 miles but only 13 on the CDT today.

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