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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

Appalachian Trail Pocket Maps 2nd Edition
postholer - Wed, Oct 1, 2014
We are very pleased to bring you the 2nd edition AT Pocket Maps! The last couple months we've made some fundemental and excitin...

PCT Annual Fires 2000-2014
postholer - Mon, Sep 29, 2014
In 15 years, 431 trail miles and 2,153,764 acres have burned. The following is a break down by year. The order is affected trai...

PCT Factoids...
postholer - Fri, Sep 26, 2014
...and here of course are your PCT factoids: the PCT crosses 2671 unique drainages, 3137 different crossings, of which 389 are ...

AT Factoids
postholer - Fri, Sep 26, 2014
Here are some interesting AT factoids I've gathered recently... the AT crosses 893 unique drainages, 1764 different crossings, ...

Re: Anyone For A Swim?!
pfletch101 - Tue, Sep 23, 2014
Thanks! I am coming to the end of a 3 year project to walk a virtual reality map of the northbound Trail in daily stages on my t...

Late Season In The PNW
North 350 Blades - Thu, Sep 18, 2014
Here it is mid September already. Since the last post on Aug 12, the North 350 Blades have been at it pretty hard. At that tim...

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...

Recent Journal Entrys

At Ghost Ranch
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CDT - James M - Yesterday
Hello again everyone, and greetings from the northern New Mexico desert! Today I'm at Ghost Ranch, a conference center/church re...
Medical Clearance
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PCT - slinging bull - Yesterday
Had a minor surgery last week, clearing the way to Walk the PCT next spring. Doc says I'm cleared for takeoff. And so, Oct 1...
Finish Photos Of Hikers I Met
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PCT - Kevin Taylor - Sun, Sep 28, 2014
The attached photos are some of the amazing thru-hikers I met along the way. The photos are either at the Canadian border or ver...
Hunting Season & A Bear Sighting
PCT - pprovost - Sat, Sep 27, 2014
Apparently Buddha knew she might be coming in. I never did meet her as I left around 6:15 AM before either had stirred. I was ju...
The Gathering
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CDT - Jo - Thu, Sep 25, 2014
On my way to "the Gathering". Sounds like an episode from the Outlander. True, however. No time travel involved here, ...
Into Snoqualmie Pass
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PCT - vickiclift - Wed, Sep 24, 2014
We have made it to the next resupply stop just in time. The next storm is rolling in and we are soaked. It rained on us hiking u...
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PCT - Marce and Jill - Wed, Sep 24, 2014
Well, first off, an apology for not making any entries since July 24th. Holy smokes, that was 2 whole months and 2 whole states ...
What I All Means
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PCT - SlowBro - Sun, Sep 21, 2014
When I decided, last November, to attempt to hike the PCT it was not with the thought that it might be transformative. Instead, ...
Day 147
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PCT - tab - Thu, Sep 18, 2014
Got a ride back to the trail knowing it is to be even hotter today. We saw a few snakes just to prove the point. Lots of poison ...
9/18/2014 Camped At Campsite Near Spring, PCT Mi
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PCT - Trevor McKee - Thu, Sep 18, 2014
We woke up to the drizzling rain but it was still fairly warm. I prepared us coffee and breakfast in my vestibule and we eventua...
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PCT - Trixie Lou - Thu, Sep 18, 2014
Well, I did it. 5 months, 9 days, and 2,660 miles after beginning at the Mexican border, I walked into Canada. I am awash in emo...
On The Way Home
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PCT - Big Jerr - Thu, Sep 18, 2014
As we travel home on train , can't help but think of ALL the wonderful hikers we just spent a month in the wilderness with , nam...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

PCT photo

Storm over Whitney ridgeline

Elderly Ellen - PCT - Jul 3, 2011 - Yikes!
Today, we entered the Sierras. After much debate, we agreed to at least
head north from Cottonwood Pass, knowing that we can turn back if things get
beyond our comfort level. Well, it probably will be new and beyond comfort,
but we don't want to kill ourselves having fun!
So after way too much breakfast at the Alabama Hills Cafe (best place in
Lone Pine), we drove up to Horseshoe Mdw. Unloaded any extra food boxes into
the bear boxes at the trailhead. And started hiking uphill to our most
northern point on the PCT in this section, Cottonwood Pass. Much harder
than the other day, now that we have a load of food in a bear can.
Regulations in Sequoia/Kings Canyon require food to be stored in bear proof
containers. Even with these, one needs to be careful to store the can where
the bear can't create havoc, like rolling it into a creek (goodbye, food
Actually, the hike up Cottonwood took about the same amount of time, so we
must be a bit acclimated. We hiked past Chicken Spring Lake in a little
glacial cirque, then crossed into the National Park. The trail conditions
are great, just an occ patch of snow. Lots of water, which will make the
stream crossings scary.
We eventually circled some meadows and descended into Rock Creek drainage.
We stopped here for the night. We checked out a lot of possible ways to
cross, none of them appealing. A Ranger stopped by, actually crossing the
stream with his female companion, showing us it could be done. He also told
us of a woman who got swept downstream here today (she's OK), so the risk is
definitely here.
A group of thrus arrived around dark, some that we've met thru their
journals. So we won't face the stream alone tomorrow (hopefully).
Goodnight to all. We'll sleep peacefully in our mountain home.

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