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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: Water And Rain In High Sierra In August
FUnprepared - Tue, Jul 22, 2014 bet! Typically the T-Storms stop building after sunset. But occassionally you have them through the night. ...

2nd Edition Colorado Trail Map Book
postholer - Fri, Jul 18, 2014 now available! While you still get the same great look and feel, the style and fonts have changed to a much cleaner look....

Re: Kennedy Meadows Outgoing Mail
Miner - Fri, Jul 18, 2014
Back in 2009, I was able to mail out a box from the store. Though I used a flat rate priority box which made calculating the po...

Kennedy Meadows Outgoing Mail
cbliss10 - Fri, Jul 18, 2014
So I've begun planning my 2015 PCT thru hike supply drops and I am having some trouble at Kennedy Meadows. Being the start of t...

Re: Bikes On The Pacific Crest Trail
TheDane - Fri, Jul 18, 2014
Not sure this is the right place to post about a bike encounter, but best I could find Met southbound mountain bike at PCT mil...

Re: Hammock In High Sierra In August?
FUnprepared - Thu, Jul 17, 2014
Absolutely perfect answer, thank you! I will take an ultralight tent and a 200 g hammock just for the case of pleasant nights am...

Re: Hammock In High Sierra In August?
Miner - Wed, Jul 16, 2014
To use a hammock, you'll have to modify your daily mileage to insure that you are always below tree line at night. I would hate...

Re: Water And Rain In High Sierra In August
stillroaming - Wed, Jul 16, 2014 bet! Typically the T-Storms stop building after sunset. But occassionally you have them through the night. ...

Re: Water And Rain In High Sierra In August
FUnprepared - Wed, Jul 16, 2014
One more question - does it sometimes rain at night as well? I mean, when the sky is clear in the evening, you sleep without a t...

Hammock In High Sierra In August?
FUnprepared - Wed, Jul 16, 2014
When I hear, how many people are walking through high Sierra and do not even use a tent, I will ask a question - did you see any...

Re: Water And Rain In High Sierra In August
FUnprepared - Tue, Jul 15, 2014
I've been backpacking in the Sierra Nevada with a down sleeping bag for over 20 years. Never had any issues keeping it dry. I ...

Re: Water And Rain In High Sierra In August
FUnprepared - Tue, Jul 15, 2014
It can be extremely dry between Walker Pass and your first encounter with the Kern River. As for weather you can expect thunder...

Recent Journal Entrys

A Second Zero In Salida
CDT - psmurf - Today
Now in wait mode for shoes to arrive. Trying to improve success with new shoe wear by ... getting two sock layers at outdoor sto...
Bigger Mile Days. Yay
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PCT - vickiclift - Today
Making much better time these days. My new hiking partner is great for motivation and encouragement when I might just stop for a...
Rain All Night But Dry
AT - DblR - Yesterday
Day 137 - It rained all night but stopped by morning. Got out early and none of the camp kids were up. The hike was pretty good ...
Crossed The Spectacular Saddle Back Mountains To
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AT - chaseat99 - Yesterday
A pretty quite night and I rested well. For breakfast I had coffee and a honey bun. The were two hammocks hung behind the lean t...
Cold & Talus
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PCT - SlowBro - Yesterday
It did not rain last night. I'm sure of that, but it might as well have. Every thing was pretty damp this morning when I got...
Green Spring Mountain
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PCT - Kevin Taylor - Yesterday
Cascade Shuttle picked us up at 600 and we were hiking before 630. Cool and misty, needed my jacket! Nice walk, clouds lifted ar...
Grizzly Lake To Dumont Lake
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CDT - Jo - Yesterday
Steamboat Springs, got the last room at the inn (Rabbit Ears Inn, that is). Apparently there's some kind of baseball or spor...
Heat, Smoke And Fire
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PCT - Marce and Jill - Yesterday
After a fine day in Chester, we got back on the trail and really started clicking through the miles. Before we knew it, we were ...
End Of The Trail For Now
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CT - anaddi8 - Yesterday
my dream to hike the CT has been dashed due to cellulitis - a blister on toe which became an angry infection and landed me in th...
Health Continues To Challenge.
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PCT - slinging bull - Yesterday
Setback yesterday from the liver doc. Might not get clearance to do strenuous exercise in high altitude. Or with a heavy pack on...
Hiking Is Fun!
PCT - mrbrazie - Wed, Jul 23, 2014
I woke up several times last night to readjust my clothes due to cold spots. Sending my sleeping bag home was a mistake. There. ...
Cooling Off In Town
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AT - mattlessner - Wed, Jul 23, 2014
So an old friend of mine agreed to pick me up from the trail today to grab some lunch and take me to the grocery store for a res...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

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Sea Hag & Robo Knee - PCT - May 26, 2012 - Day 30
Didn't get up quite so early this morning because it was still cold out. We didn't know how cold until we tried to get out of the tent and found that the tent fly was frozen. Also the sleeping bags were damp. However, the sun was shining where we were but the clouds were still backing up against the mountains. Also the cold wind was still blowing quite vigourously, but not as bad as yesterday. It all made for a cool day.We were on the trail by 7:20 am and we headed up and over a small peak to reach Hwy 2 again at Eagle's Roost. We had breakfast at the rest stop. Now we had a 2.5 mile road walk on Hwy 2 to detour around a trail closure because of the presence of the endangered Yellow Spotted Frog. We did the old detour because the new detour took you 20 miles out of your way. This detour was only 5 or 6 miles. Once we did the road walk, we walked through the Buckhorn Campground, full of car campers due to the Memorial Day weekend, to the Burkhart Trail where we could rejoin the PCT. However we were delayed in the campground by 2 campers who offered to cook us hot dogs on their fire. Howe could we refuse? Another hiker we were with (trail name Special Delivery) joined us. Our new trail angels were JR and Rose. After eating not just one, but 2 dogs, and telling them about the trail, we moved on down the Burkhart Trail and rejoined the PCT at Mile 395. Back up the PCT to Cooper Canyon Trail Camp where we got water.Now we had a 750 foot climb to Hwy 2 again at Cloudburst Summit. Then is was down to Boy Scout Camp Glenwood by following the old, original highway, once paved, long ago abandoned. Dennis imagined ghosts of Model Ts etc chugging up and down it. At Camp Glenwood we stopped for water and cooked a meal. We also dried out the sleeping bags and the tent in the finally warm sun and wind.From here it was a gradual descent to once again cross Hwy 2, this time at Three Point. We continued descending on the edge of the 2009 Station Bush Fire. This section was closed until last year, when there was a 47 mile road walking detour. We went by some Poodle Dog Bush on our way to the Sulphur Springs Trail Camp at Mile 407.8 and 5200 feet of elevation. So of course we passed the 400 mile mark today. Took a photo next to the "400" made with rocks beside the trail.Try to Google "Poodle Dog Bush" to see what we were up against. Poodle Dog Bush seeds lay dormant for decades, and sprout shortly after a fire and grow rapidly. If one is allergic to the oils in its leaves and flowers you can suffer greatly, it is extremely toxic, even deaths have occured. So we did the "Poodle Dog Bush Dance" often to avoid touching a plant.Total mileage for the day: 17.6 miles.  

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