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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 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.

Maps
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.

Reference
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.

Miscellaneous
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: Newbie Seeking Advice On Thru-hike By Flip-Flop
lacrose - Sat, Sep 13, 2014
This is a little late but as we've seen the So-Cal mountains have been deluged with monsoon rains in Aug. Will this help the wa...

Re: Anyone For A Swim?!
postholer - Tue, Sep 9, 2014
Thank the fine folks at the ATC and Maine AT Club for contracting a ferry service, free for hikers. You can read more about the...

Anyone For A Swim?!
pfletch101 - Tue, Sep 9, 2014
The map of the trail shows it as crossing the Kennebec river at around 45.235876N, 70.001424W, in northern Maine. As far as I ca...

Re: CLASS OF "2015"
flip_flop - Sun, Aug 24, 2014
Hello! I am Flip/Flop, I am starting out from Harpers Ferry WV on April 06, 2015 to reduce the environmental impact on Springer ...

Re: Need Help Getting To Trail At Sisters, OR
glenn - Sat, Aug 23, 2014
It is probably less expensive to fly into Portland. CoBreeze is the private shuttle from Portland down to Redmond and Bend. From...

Any Way To Add Private Markers?
Trusty - Wed, Aug 20, 2014
Is there any way to make a marker "private" so that it's only visible to my login? It would be really handy to be ab...

Need Help Getting To Trail At Sisters, OR
Tamela Stafford - Sat, Aug 16, 2014
I'm planning to rejoin my uncle on trail around Sisters. I'm flying from NC and want ideas on best way. I was thinking of flyi...

Re: Cheers To The Mt. Hood Chapter
North 350 Blades - Thu, Aug 14, 2014
All I can say is WOW! The Mt. Hood Chapter cleared over 1,000 logs from the PCT and feeder trails this year - 826 by chainsaw, ...

Heart Of Trail Maintenance Season In The PNW
North 350 Blades - Tue, Aug 12, 2014
Here we are in mid August already. The class of 2014 is flying north, with lots of thru hikers here in central / northern Washi...

Need Advice On Mudslide/landslide
naturesmitten - Mon, Aug 11, 2014
Early this summer, I hiked a waterfall trail in the OR gorge and came upon a difficult slide to cross. It was very slanted and h...

Recent Journal Entrys

Weight Loss - Measurements
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PCT - Kevin Taylor - Today
Before and after the trip I recorded my weight and some physical measurements. I wanted to know how much weight I lost and from ...
In Salida
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CDT - James M - Yesterday
Aww, Colorado in the fall... The aspens are turning gold, the high peaks have a dusting of snow, and that brilliant sun seems to...
A Day On The Colorado Trail--a Woman And Her Dog
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CT - Jo - Yesterday
The light leaks in through tent walls and darkness turns to grey; another morning is coming and I stir, anticipating shedding th...
Last 50 Miles
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PCT - Big Jerr - Sat, Sep 13, 2014
Down to the last 40 miles from where we are camped, WOW hard to believe. But still no signal period. The last two days out of St...
Manning Park
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PCT - SlowBro - Sat, Sep 13, 2014
Got up at 5:15 and on the trail in the 31 degree dark by 6:00. Ascended the long ridge toward Windy Joe Peak and then down the o...
Freezing!
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AT - grimtongue - Sat, Sep 13, 2014
Holey crap it cold! Actually it has been cold for the last few days but today is definitely the coldest so far! This morning on ...
Food Drop
AT - DblR - Thu, Sep 11, 2014
Day 186 - Met up with Dave Perkins and Robby Durant at Jo-Mary Road for a food drop and had a nice little party. I got to the ro...
September 11 - 2609 To Hart's Pass
PCT - Silkies - Thu, Sep 11, 2014
Wowowo, cold, cold night. Didn't really sleep that well. Ended up wrapping my tarp around my quilt for extra warmth. It worked o...
Mile High
CDT - Hamburger - Thu, Sep 11, 2014
Now I have spent several days in Denver, sleeping in a real bed again and not being awaked by the first daylight, having town fo...
PCT Prep Trip
PCT - africaman - Thu, Sep 11, 2014
The next phase of getting ready for Spring 2015's PCT hike is nearly here. After having to come off the trail in May due to IT b...
Preparing
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OTHER - Miner - Thu, Sep 11, 2014
I called and got my TYT hiking permit emailed to me yesterday. Today I mailed my bear can off to Kennedy Meadows (North) Resort ...
GR20 Corsica Day 5
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OTHER - CiscoCombs - Wed, Sep 10, 2014
From Bergeries I Croci we made another early start. The day started with an easy stroll, through cattle grazing beech forest, al...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

PCT photo

Neat sign at Cottonwood Pass junction

PCT Loco - PCT - Jun 22, 2012 - Sierras Day 5
I felt SO good to take a shower last night. It was a nice relaxing sleep in the hotel bed too. My knee feels much better and didn't bother me at all last night. However, once 6 am rolled around, I couldn't sleep anymore. I went to the local coffee shop and got a cup of coffee which was very good. I also went to the laundromat and did laundry. Although it wasn't absolutely necessary after only 4 days, it was nice to have clean clothes nonetheless. I grabbed a Subway sandwich to go and checked out of the hotel around 11. It didn't take too long to get a ride back to the trail, maybe 15 minutes. The man was a district attorney who works in Mojave but lives in Tehachapi. Him and some friends were hiking from Kennedy Meadows to Trail Pass and were doing the car swap. I packed my pack with all the food I had left at the trail head. One is supposed to fit all their food into the bear cannister (which one is required to carry), and I didn't come even close. So after downing my yummy Subway lunch, I hit the PCT at 12:40.

The hiking was pretty easy today. About 4 miles in, the trail tops out at 11,300 ft and then it was all downhill. I passed by Chicken Spring Lake which I've been to before. I've never seen the level of the lake so low, the outlet creek was even dry. I grabbed some water from the lake and then was off. Since this lake is only a few miles from the trail head, there were a lot of weekenders there. Once I passed them, I didn't see anyone until the end of the day when I passed some occupied campsites. I've seen very few people so far this trip. I saw 3 hikers the first day, 0 the second, 3 the third and then 2 on the fourth. Tomorrow I will get to the part where the John Muir Trail (JMT) and the PCT are the same and expect to see a billion people per day. But today I still had the trail to myself.

After Chicken Spring Lake, the trail enters Sequoia National Park. There were nice views of meadows to the south (Big Whitney) and to the west (Siberian Outpost). I camped just before the PCT crossing of Rock Creek. They had a bear locker so I was able to lock up all of my food that wouldn't fit into the bear cannister.

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