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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

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Elderly Ellen - PCT - Jun 7, 2010 - Day 48
We sang Happy Birthday to you, Angie, while hiking...did you hear us? We started early this morning, knowing that we had a lot of uphill to do and that it would be another warm day. Just for fun, I totalled up the elevation changes: Up from 5100 to 7000 Down from 7000 to 5250 Up from 5250 to 5850 Down from 5850 to 5150 Up from 5150 to 6800. The final numbers: we climbed 4150 and lost 2450. One thing we are beginning to accept is that there is ALWAYS another hill to go up. The walking was thru low mountains, dotted with oaks and pines. We carried about 3.5 liters of water each, which was just enough with the warm temps. (Keep melting that Sierra snow, Mother Nature.) Lots of high mileage hikers around us today. These guys are hiking to dark every day, putting in 25-30 miles. My brother is hiking a portion of the Colorado Trail now; I think of him often and hope he's enjoying his adventure. Today, Yeahbut informed me that we have less than 2000 miles to go! It seems like forever since we left the Mexican border. It's been a hard hike at times, but we've been lucky to see some beautiful places and meet some wonderful people.

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