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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

Oregon Desert Trail Added
postholer - Tue, Apr 22, 2014
The 750 mile Oregon Desert Trail has been added to the postholer google maps! For those of you who have an interest in the ODT ...

Re: Current Backpack
SoCal75 - Fri, Apr 18, 2014
Yeah, I think I was just being stubborn. No sense in all the extra weight. I think I will look into something like the ULA circu...

Mt. Hood Chapter
North 350 Blades - Fri, Apr 18, 2014
Check out the Mt. Hood Chapter's web page. As they say, "Our volunteers maintain the 217 miles of PCT between Midway Meado...

Re: SOBO Info
crazy cloud - Tue, Apr 15, 2014
My opinion is yes you'll need one. Better to have it than not you can always ship it home. I would also consider micro spikes. H...

Re: Current Backpack
stillroaming - Tue, Apr 15, 2014
The whole idea behind lightweight gear is less stress on your body, increased mobility, which all add up to more enjoyment. Can...

Current Backpack
SoCal75 - Tue, Apr 15, 2014
I found out about the PCT a few years ago and It sounded like a pretty exciting adventure. I have decided to do a thru hike in 2...

Powerhouse Fire Closure
roleigh - Mon, Apr 14, 2014
I'm here at the Green Valley Fire Station and the USFS here confirmed that there is a PCT trail closure in effect from this loca...

Re: Thru-hiker Permit Without Paying Pcta?
Flatlatch - Mon, Apr 14, 2014
I am new to this site but have found that there are yippie1984's on every forum...uninformed and easily lost in the vast wildern...

Chem - Sat, Apr 12, 2014
Leaving early July and hope to miss most the snow in WA by then. Curious for those who know that section around this date what t...

Re: Kennedy Meadows/Tom's Place
Big Jerr - Fri, Apr 11, 2014
you well want good working brakes, for the ride down from K.M. jerrmatt...

2014 Sierra Entry Date
postholer - Tue, Apr 8, 2014
The guesstimated Sierra Entry Date is June 9th. On April 1st the snow sensor at Upper Tyndall Creek near Forester Pass showed 5...

2014 Sierra Entry Date
dofdear - Sun, Apr 6, 2014
Wondering if anyone has heard what the calculated date is for this year?...

Recent Journal Entrys

Into The San Gabriels
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PCT - dwelch - Yesterday
I left Cajon Junction just before dawn with a heavy pack - 5 liters of water. There was a big climb ahead and I wanted to get mu...
Windy Day
PCT - swade - Yesterday
Last three days Sunday- 16 miles from picnic area to water tank at Rodriguez trail Monday- 9 miles to scissors crossing plus 4 m...
The Garden Of Eden
PCT - ItsMyTime - Yesterday
After the hell of Scissors Crossing, I found the Garden of Eden today. Because we need to leave the camp ground and head to the ...
Warner Springs
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PCT - Kevin Taylor - Yesterday
Dinner last night was not a winner. I bought Kraft dinner in Mt. Laguna to give it a second chance. The last time I had KD was b...
Nero To Newfound Gap And Town Day InGatlinburg
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AT - mattlessner - Yesterday
I only had to hike about 5 miles today before heading into Gatlinburg for a nice town stop. I woke up and got on the trail about...
Holcomb Creek With Bob & Kathy
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PCT - SlowBro - Yesterday
Slept well and we were up and on the trail by 8:15. The hike took us along Holcomb Creek much of which had been scarred by fire ...
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PCT - Zog - Yesterday
Sorry i haven't been writing. Ive been mostly hiking and sweating. This is my day 4. I took off from the border with a much too ...
Desert Hiking
CDT - Hamburger - Yesterday
Arrived in Lordsburg after five days of walking. First two days where cloudy. And first night we had an endless thunderstorm. It...
A Slight Change Of Plans
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PCT - fredrikr - Yesterday
My ride to the border has been delayed by one day, so I will not start hiking until Sunday after Kick-Off ( If one...
The Shennies!
AT - marchtomaine - Yesterday
Started this section off right. A fellow by the name of Strings slackpacked myself and So Heavy to Bears Den hostel. It was a 21...
PCT - mrbrazie - Yesterday
Jen and I fly to San Diego in two days. One day hanging out in town then off to Lake Morena for the Kick Off party. Jen is going...
Two Weeks From Today
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PCT - deacon - Yesterday
Drying vegetables today : pinto beans, carrots, peas, corn, celry, onions. add some red pepper flakes to the bag, heaven. will d...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

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Cobalt and his Mom and Dad

Pressure D - AT - Jun 27, 2013 - Day 78 Mile 1019 Harpers Ferry
Well I arrived at the ATC headquarters at 10:30 this morning after hiking from the Blackburn Appalachian Trail Center. This was a 12 mile hike that I started at 5:45 in the morning. The terrain was relatively easy and I saw 4 deer during my hike. I got pretty excited when I was in the ATC headquarters, they took my picture and I am now known as through hiker number 791. It was good to see most of my friends pictures in the book, who all arrived before me. I called Cobalt and he invited me to stay with him and his Mom and Dad at the Econo Lodge. We went out for lunch and dinner, and was able to clean up, rest and do laundry. Theres a lot of hikers here tonight, people are coming in as we speak. Tommorow I plan 24 mile hike, which means an early start. I need to get to Smithsburg MD by saturday around noon before the post office closes for I am expecting a package from my wife. This will put me approximatly 10 miles away which I plan to hike early saturday morning. It feels good to finnally finish Virginia as we were there for around 5 weeks. Now we should feel progress as we knock down state after state. Both West Virginia and Maryland are relatively quick states to hike through. My moral is high amongst me and close hiking friends, although there are many through hikers who are throwing in the towel.  Game on!~Pressure D

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