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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.
Trail App Reports - View all reports submitted from the Postholer Trail App.

Pacific Crest Trail Google Map - trail trace, mileages, elevations, resupply, etc.
Mt San Jacinto - 1:30K maps from Hwy 74 to I-10.
JMT Map & Data Book - Free online map set and data book (available in PDF).
Overview Maps - 71, 1:100K maps and 29, 1:250K maps in PDF format.
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

Oregon Desert Trail Added
postholer - Tue, Apr 22, 2014
The 750 mile Oregon Desert Trail has been added to the postholer google maps! For those of you who have an interest in the ODT ...

Re: Current Backpack
SoCal75 - Fri, Apr 18, 2014
Yeah, I think I was just being stubborn. No sense in all the extra weight. I think I will look into something like the ULA circu...

Mt. Hood Chapter
North 350 Blades - Fri, Apr 18, 2014
Check out the Mt. Hood Chapter's web page. As they say, "Our volunteers maintain the 217 miles of PCT between Midway Meado...

Re: SOBO Info
crazy cloud - Tue, Apr 15, 2014
My opinion is yes you'll need one. Better to have it than not you can always ship it home. I would also consider micro spikes. H...

Re: Current Backpack
stillroaming - Tue, Apr 15, 2014
The whole idea behind lightweight gear is less stress on your body, increased mobility, which all add up to more enjoyment. Can...

Current Backpack
SoCal75 - Tue, Apr 15, 2014
I found out about the PCT a few years ago and It sounded like a pretty exciting adventure. I have decided to do a thru hike in 2...

Powerhouse Fire Closure
roleigh - Mon, Apr 14, 2014
I'm here at the Green Valley Fire Station and the USFS here confirmed that there is a PCT trail closure in effect from this loca...

Re: Thru-hiker Permit Without Paying Pcta?
Flatlatch - Mon, Apr 14, 2014
I am new to this site but have found that there are yippie1984's on every forum...uninformed and easily lost in the vast wildern...

Chem - Sat, Apr 12, 2014
Leaving early July and hope to miss most the snow in WA by then. Curious for those who know that section around this date what t...

Re: Kennedy Meadows/Tom's Place
Big Jerr - Fri, Apr 11, 2014
you well want good working brakes, for the ride down from K.M. jerrmatt...

2014 Sierra Entry Date
postholer - Tue, Apr 8, 2014
The guesstimated Sierra Entry Date is June 9th. On April 1st the snow sensor at Upper Tyndall Creek near Forester Pass showed 5...

2014 Sierra Entry Date
dofdear - Sun, Apr 6, 2014
Wondering if anyone has heard what the calculated date is for this year?...

Recent Journal Entrys

On To Julian And A Rest
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PCT - donwood - Yesterday
I was up at 0545 and ontrail by 0615. It was another coupole of miles down hill then a few more across the bottom of a valley to...
Loading The Pack
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PCT - fredrikr - Yesterday
I weighed my pack today after loading it with everything I wanted to bring along on the trip. 24 lbs without food, fuel or water...
Pre-Kick Off Kick Off--ARRIVAL
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PCT - BigBro+LilSis - Yesterday
And here it all begins... We left this morning. For probably the first time ever Colin, Josh, and I grabbed the 4:05 AM boat lea...
Descending Deep Creek
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PCT - SlowBro - Yesterday
I bid farewell to Bob and Kathy after breakfast this morning. It was really nice of them to hike with me and I truly enjoyed the...
Made It To San Diego
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PCT - vickiclift - Yesterday
So it begins. I am now in San Diego at a trail angels place. Thanks Stephen. Home cooked chicken, veggies and red potatoes. Very...
In TN Officially
AT - DblR - Yesterday
Day 45 - It was pretty mild in the shelter last night until about 3am. A cold front came in with some pretty strong winds. It wa...
Spring Time Section
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AT - Jefe - Yesterday
1. Date: 4/23/14 2. Day1 3. Morning temp: mid 40s 4. Weather: windy overcast 5. Time start: 0710 6. Time stop and miles: 1431 11...
Made It To Paradise Cafe
PCT - Eldon - Tue, Apr 22, 2014
Had a uncomfortable night.The winds were blowing up to 50mph and the temperature was in the thirty's.The tent was flapping a...
Into The San Gabriels
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PCT - dwelch - Tue, Apr 22, 2014
I left Cajon Junction just before dawn with a heavy pack - 5 liters of water. There was a big climb ahead and I wanted to get mu...
Windy Day
PCT - swade - Tue, Apr 22, 2014
Last three days Sunday- 16 miles from picnic area to water tank at Rodriguez trail Monday- 9 miles to scissors crossing plus 4 m...
The Garden Of Eden
PCT - ItsMyTime - Tue, Apr 22, 2014
After the hell of Scissors Crossing, I found the Garden of Eden today. Because we need to leave the camp ground and head to the ...
Warner Springs
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PCT - Kevin Taylor - Tue, Apr 22, 2014
Dinner last night was not a winner. I bought Kraft dinner in Mt. Laguna to give it a second chance. The last time I had KD was b...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

PCT photo

The Moth

Rivka & Dan (aka Cactus & Blackfoot) - PCT - Jun 22, 2008 - Day 63: To Dunsmuir
We had a quick but otherwise uneventful hike until lunch, when we discovered we were Out of Fuel, a perilous state to be in when hungry and miles on foot from anywhere. Luckily, Dan is resourceful, and manged to make a fire right on the trail without burning down the forest, or getting us arrested.
In the last few miles to town, we came upon a monstrous moth, and photographed it stealthily, congratulating ourselves on our delicacy, before realizing the creature was dead. So we collected it, in the hope that it can be mailed home to Lydia for her birthday. (Rich & Cindy let us know if you would like any other dead things we find...) It seems like a slim chance, but not much harm done if the effort fails.
We made it in to the little town of Castella, despite miserable trail guide directions. Its Sunday though, so the post office is closed. We got a few interim supplies at Ameretti's market, which had a fabulous selection of both beer and root beer, as well as generally good hiking supplies,much to our surprise since the guidebook indicated it woud have only beer and junkfood. We're not too happy with the guide today.

We sat around figuring out what to do next, and then decided to hitch to Mt. Shasta, but it didnt work. So we pulled a Pizza Ploy. We ordered a pizza from the nearest bigger town, Dunsmuir. When the delivery person arrived, we offered her extra money to take us with her back to town. She agreed, and we brought another hiker who'd shown up, Adam, along with us. We got a room at a motel and he went in to town to eat. So here we are again, eating pizza and watching TV....

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