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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

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?...

Kennedy Meadows/Tom's Place
chendu - Sun, Apr 6, 2014
I'm planning to join friends thru hiking NB at either Walker Pass on highway 178 or Kennedy Meadows. Is the road to Kennedy Mea...

Re: Class Of 2014
SunnyWalker - Fri, Apr 4, 2014
OH, OH, I AM crazy! Had to change to a June start so that puts me going SOBO on CDT. See you coming or going!...

Re: Thru-hiker Permit Without Paying Pcta?
Big Jerr - Fri, Apr 4, 2014
HUH ? are you serious, this is a joke ,yes ? ...joke or not, I'M shocked ....Jerrmatt...

Recent Journal Entrys

In To Big Bear Lake
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PCT - dwelch - Today
I made it to Big Bear yesterday afternoon (the 15th) about 4 PM. That was my second 20 mile day in a row and I still felt pretty...
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PCT - fredrikr - Today
Finished vacuum-packing all dehydrated food this weekend. Co-workers sent me off with a going-away lunch today. Everyone has bee...
Section D Begins...
PCT - alphabetsoup - Today
After a full zero at Cajon pass and a visit from Bigfoots family (a trip to the roadhouse grill included) we are back to the hik...
Cactus To Clouds To Cactus Hike
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PCT - Rhino - Today
Yesterday I completed the Cacuts to Clouds to Cactus hike. For those who don't know this is one of the toughest hikes in all of ...
Pretrip Stuff
CDT - Lastonthebus - Today
Dear people, things are moving quickly now. The past 3 months have been a blur of working 100 hours a week and dehydrating food ...
The First Few Days
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PCT - Nature - Today
I am in Warner Springs and the hiking has been challenging to date. It is 8 AM and I am only able to write for as long as it tak...
The Waiting Is Killing Me
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PCT - vickiclift - Today
I have been planning, prepping and packing. Making arrangements for resupply, pet care, home care and mail pick up. I have fuel ...
Big Climb
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AT - grimtongue - Today
Woke this morning to the smell of already made coffee and I instantly knew that I was not on the trail. That and I was warm and ...
Lunar Eclipse
PCT - ItsMyTime - Yesterday
We got up at 12:20 am this morning to watch the lunar eclipse. The moon was red with a thin black veil. Planets and stars neares...
Warner Springs Debacle
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PCT - Trevor McKee - Yesterday
Trevor sent the following mass email to the pct-1 email list yesterday after an unfortunate encounter with some bad seeds. Gina/...
Into Lordsburg
CDT - fireweed - Yesterday
Fast walk into Lordsburg despite the rolling hills throwing a last challenge. Saw a lone rancher out putting up barbed wire next...
One More Day
PCT - swade - Yesterday
I am trying this blog before I'm on the trail. There is only one day left in San Diego before I head out to the trail. It has be...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

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Pinky - PCT - Oct 7, 2011 - Family At Fish Lake
Another cold morning but I was excited to get going...we had about 22 miles
to get to Fish Lake resort where my uncle, grandma and cousin were coming to
meet us to play trail angels. They had rented a cabin at the lake and were
going to meet us at the trail crossing that night so we could stay with

We hiked out in the morning with frozen shoes and soon were wet again from
the creeklets and puddles in the trail.Stixs and I planned to meet for lunch
at the water source near brown mountain shelter. When I arrived I saw fresh
horse tracks in the wet dirt and smoke rising from the chimney of the
shelter. I opened to door to the small log cabin and was greeted with warm
air that filled the place from a large wood stove in the center if the
room. The horseback riders must had just left as there were still burning
embers in the stove. I added some wood and began to strip off my wet clothes
and unpack my wet gear to dry out in the warm room. When Stixs arrived we
ate lunch and then found ourselves laying down on our sleeping bags that
were out drying. The warm room quickly lulled us to sleep before I knew it I
was waking up after 4pm. We still had eleven miles to go so we packed up and
hit the trail again.

We got to the road after dark but still had about an hour to wait for my
uncle, gma & cousin to arrive so we sat down to make some dinner. Just as I
fired up my stove a car pulled and familiar voices asked if we needed a
ride. I stood up and out of the car popped my Mom, my sister and my two
aunts. They had just driven about 8 hours from my hometown to surprise us,
not even the other family who was meeting me there knew they were coming.
There were lots of hugs and photos then we headed to the cabin. Later my
uncle, gma & cousin arrived and were equally shocked by the family reunion.

We stayed up late visiting and eating (soft cheeses, heirloom tomatoes
picked that morning from my aunts garden, lasagne, caesar salad, garlic
bread, cookies and more) and finally fell asleep in the early morning hours.

No mater what time I fall asleep I still wake by 7am. Pretty soon the whole
house was up drinking coffee and juice while amazing omelettes with farm
fresh eggs from two of the family chicken coops were being made. We ate an
incredible breakfast, looked at my photos together and went out to the lake
shore. My uncle rented a small fishing boat so we took turns circling the
lake and exploring the water.

Later that evening I was tending to the fire in the pit outside the cabin
when I saw my aunts, uncle and stixs returning from their boat ride. Then I
saw another person with them, it was Not Ryan! Apparentley they had seen him
across the lake filling his water bottles so they picked him up. I was
extremely surprised to see him as he was supposed to be a couple days ahead
of us on the trail. It turned out Not Ryan had been further up trail with no
water other than the snow that covered the ground, he had lost the trail for
awhile, had spent two very cold wet nights out there and finally decided he
needed to turn around and perhaps end his hike. He was just as amazed to see
Stix in a boat on the lake as we were to see him.

We all stayed up very late again that night. The next morning the whole
family took Stixs and I back to the trail to see us off (they later took Not
Ryan to Ashland so he could take a few days to figure things out) and we
were on our way north again.

What an incredible surprise and a super fun weekend with my family on the

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