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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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Stockmen - For those who hike the trail with their 4 hooved friends
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Printed Topo Maps - the most current maps available!
Google Map - trail trace, mileages, elevations, resupply, etc.
JMT Maps & Data Book - Free online map set and data book (available in PDF).
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

More Permits Due To Wild This Year?
bback1 - Sat, Mar 28, 2015
The popularity of the trail is certainly increasing. With the sudden increase in permits it seems as though the trail is going t...

Free IOS App "eTrails" Updated
enyapjr - Sat, Mar 28, 2015
The " 1.4 is now available. (the following from a posting on another PCT forum site) David Money Harris is delighted to re...

Re: PCT Community Bear Canister Loan Program For 201
enyapjr - Sun, Mar 22, 2015
It was a late posting (March 8th) this year, but i received 1.5 times as many requests as we have canisters in only two weeks......

Re: PCT Community Bear Canister Loan Program For 201
LaGrangePoints5 - Sun, Mar 22, 2015
I'm kind of curious. As an early indicator of population later on the trail, how does March 22 compare to other years as the da...

PCT Community Bear Canister Loan Program For 2015 No
enyapjr - Sun, Mar 22, 2015
" Sorry, but the PCT Community Bear Canister Loan Program for 2015 is "CLOSED" as of March 22nd... Have received...

PCT Community Bear Canister Loan Program 2015 - Now
enyapjr - Sun, Mar 22, 2015
Sorry, but the PCT Community Bear Canister Loan Program for 2015 is "CLOSED" as of March 22nd... Have received far mor...

Re: PCT Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
stillroaming - Sat, Mar 21, 2015
How far in advance can/should resupply packages be mailed. I live in upstate New York? Places like Kennedy Meadows, Vermilio...

New Pct Hiker For 2016
IHOR - Sat, Mar 21, 2015
Hey guys, I'm a fairly experienced hiker in bc looking very intently on a thru hike for 2016. A list of hikes ive done are wet...

Re: PCT Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Sealord3 - Sat, Mar 21, 2015
How far in advance can/should resupply packages be mailed. I live in upstate New York? Thanks in advance....

Re: Class Of 2015
Gilles - Thu, Mar 19, 2015
Hi, Planning a Sobo hike from enf June/early July. Is any Sobo hiker present her looking for a travel companion?...

Re: Latest 30- And 90-day Forecast Outlooks
postholer - Thu, Mar 19, 2015
A while back I was reading a study by NOAA that critiqued their own long range forecasts > 30 days. I was parroting the resul...

Re: Latest 30- And 90-day Forecast Outlooks
enyapjr - Thu, Mar 19, 2015
The thing about 90 day outlooks is that they are about as accurate as a coin toss or 50-50. With that said, it is showing it to ...

Recent Journal Entrys

Preliminaries
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PCT - midair - Today
Just about a week away from go time on this trek. Initial resupplies sent and the list for the rest to be sent as this hike unfo...
Getting Close!
PCT - Zog - Today
Today I leave on the family road trip that ends with me being dropped at the border and beginning my northbound stroll. After mu...
Day Six
PCT - Eldon - Today
Finished my business in Julian then tried to hitch a ride back to the PCT . It took about two hours to get a ride . I figured pe...
Town Again!
AT - chaseat99 - Yesterday
Wow was i surprised to see snow again. So surprised in fact that there was light fluffy snow all over the arm of my down jacket ...
Red Hills
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PCT - bobk - Yesterday
Today it was back to the Red Hills (Area of Critical Environmental Concern) for a hike. The area has serpentine soil with a high...
Zero In Idyllwild
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PCT - Flatlatch - Yesterday
Spent a wonderful zero day in idyllic Idyllwild....what a great little mountain town surrounded by pine trees and so not like th...
Pre-Trip Entry
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PCT - Enduro1525 - Yesterday
Pre-trip planning has now evloved to the point where I need to start stuffing resupply boxes and get them to my friends Jeff & K...
Pre-Hike 8 Gear - Choice And Consequence (Part
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PCT - MonarchandWow - Fri, Mar 27, 2015
Pre-Hike 8 Gear - Choice and Consequence (Part 1)It soon becomes evident when researching gear for the PCT that there is a huge ...
Aahhh!!
PCT - Jimojado - Fri, Mar 27, 2015
Started hike around 7 am. Arrived at mt Laguna around 11am this small town is a godsend. They have an amazing outfitter run by D...
The Plan
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PCT - stewart50 - Fri, Mar 27, 2015
I would like to thank my wife, Elisabeth, who has been a huge help in getting me to this point. Hoping that she will join me lat...
Training
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PCT - d-c-nelson - Fri, Mar 27, 2015
Over the past decade I've tried to keep in shape by a combination of refereeing youth and adult soccer and taking occasional...
Denver
PCT - marcs34 - Fri, Mar 27, 2015
Went to the thrift store two days ago and bought a junk suitcase to put my pack in when I fly. Packed all my crap and flew here ...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

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Heading north from Kennedy Meadows

The Donald - PCT - Jun 5, 2012 - Day 2 At Kennedy Meadows
Here it is, day 2 at Kennedy Meadows. My new sleeping bag works like a dream. More room than my other one and way warmer. Yeah! This morning started with pancakes and coffee at Tom's, next to the General Store. Moved from there to having my toe nails painted a nice sparkly green by the sister of Twisted Sister, who is traveling with Creep, who is here to provide support. Nice touch! Some of the guys were looking pretty suspicious about the whole process. However, for those of you who know me this is not my first foray into the world of painted toe nails. I just tell the other guys that I'm a SNAG (Sensitive New Age Guy) and that I'm getting in touch with my feminine side ....Have spent a good portion of the day relaxing, stretching and rolling a street hockey ball over my leg muscles to loosen them up, and practicing my bagpipe chanter; and, waiting for the mail to show up to see if my bear canister is lurking somewhere in the pile. No bear canister, no moving on. The KM General Store is at the point of being overwhelmed with the number of hiker boxes that have been arriving. Up to 100 per day. They have three storage areas full of boxes. The 'herd' of thru-hikers is yet to arrive, which means that even more will be arriving daily. Good for business, but a bit of an organizational nightmare.Came to Kennedy Meadows with three pairs of worn out socks and the need to figure out something. Looked through the hiker box of clothing last night and scored an almost new pair of socks that fit my now sized 14 feet perfectly. Dilemna solved!One thing I have neglected to mention is the number of ants we encounter everyday. They are everywhere, all the time, and come in a fascinating array of sizes, colours, and ability to bite. For the first week or so of the trail, I had at least one red ant crawling up my leg and getting ticked off and biting me. Their bite hurts and the sting lingers for well over an hour. The other day we hiked up the side of mountain and stopped and took a rest at the top. After a short snooze I woke and looked beside me to find my hat and pack swarming with black ants. It took a good 15 minutes to get rid of them. They managed to get into every pocket on the outside of my pack. Luckily, I had closed the top! Ants appear to be the bane of most of the other hikers I have talked to.To add to the growing list of trail names, there are the Three Gay Caballeros, Birthday Girl, Creep and Twisted Sister as I have mentioned, Thor, Three Bears, Jukebox, Moon Walker, Knees (so named because when I came upon him both his IT bands were seized and he could hardly walk, and it took my a while to get him mobile again), amongst others. I suspect the anonymity is important for some of the hikers, given some of the antics they have been getting up to at some of the Trail Magic stops - enough said, since at Kick Off it was stressed that what happens on the Trail stays on the trail (now where have I heard that reference before...).That's it for now. I am being pressured to eat the rest of some ice cream and give up the computer for someone else.The Donald      

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