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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

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...

Need Help Getting To Trail At Sisters, OR
Tamela Stafford - Sat, Aug 16, 2014
I'm planning to rejoin my uncle on trail around Sisters. I'm flying from NC and want ideas on best way. I was thinking of flyi...

Re: Cheers To The Mt. Hood Chapter
North 350 Blades - Thu, Aug 14, 2014
All I can say is WOW! The Mt. Hood Chapter cleared over 1,000 logs from the PCT and feeder trails this year - 826 by chainsaw, ...

Heart Of Trail Maintenance Season In The PNW
North 350 Blades - Tue, Aug 12, 2014
Here we are in mid August already. The class of 2014 is flying north, with lots of thru hikers here in central / northern Washi...

Need Advice On Mudslide/landslide
naturesmitten - Mon, Aug 11, 2014
Early this summer, I hiked a waterfall trail in the OR gorge and came upon a difficult slide to cross. It was very slanted and h...

Section K
bilito - Fri, Aug 1, 2014
Does anyone have current info on the water situation from Echo Lake north to Int. 80? Especially, American River crossing, and ...

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...

Recent Journal Entrys

Sky Zero
PCT - jim_lamorte - Yesterday
Woke around 6:00 am when the third train of the night passed about 100 yards from our hotel room. I don't mind the noise...we kn...
Kinsman Mountain
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AT - mattlessner - Yesterday
Today was an "easy" day of hiking. It was only easy because I came to town in the afternoon and therefor only hiked ab...
Goodbye Hood, Hello Adams
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PCT - SlowBro - Yesterday
It was very cool this morning, probably in the low 40's as I started another 1,000 ft climb. But that made for excellent climbin...
Lonesome Days
CDT - Hamburger - Yesterday
Once I had left Grand Lake and the surrounding Lakes hikers became scarce. The trail was mostly well marked. When getting near B...
Last Day
PCT - bafrazier - Yesterday
Well, today is the last day on the trail for Jingle Bell and me. Jingle Bell is definitely ready to be done with the trail. I'm ...
Catch Up With Journaling Time In Steam Boat Spri
CDT - psmurf - Yesterday
We had quite a rain last night. I am glad I camped where I did which was probably where I shouldn't have as it was on private la...
William Douglas Wilderness
PCT - swade - Tue, Aug 19, 2014
31 mile day Today was a great day. Most of it was spent high on ridges with great views. I got one good look at Rainier today be...
Under The Stars
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AT - grimtongue - Tue, Aug 19, 2014
Two nights in a row that we somehow managed to stay at an off season ski resort summit! Except this time I have to sleep outside...
Stream At Long Gulch To Mt. Massive Trailhead
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CDT - Jo - Tue, Aug 19, 2014
August 7. We were almost ready to go this morning, the last thing was to take the tent down, which we had almost finished when t...
Do We Know Where We Are?
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CDT - Cathie - Tue, Aug 19, 2014
We don't always know exactly where we are, but so far we haven't yet been seriously lost. Looking ahead at the next section, we ...
Those Boys Are At It Again
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PCT - Big Jerr - Tue, Aug 19, 2014
Well color us gone , we are in the loving arms of amtrak and should be to trail head @ cascade locks Washington border by Thursd...
Trout Lake Stream
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PCT - Kevin Taylor - Mon, Aug 18, 2014
Hiking at 515 with Janet/Rock Kicker. Gradual uphill past Green lake, then Blue lake, stopped for a swim/clothes wash at Bear la...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

PCT photo

Jumping for joy.

Treebeard - PCT - Jun 17, 2008 - Summit Napper
Day 62, June 17, 10 mi., start summit of Mt. Whitney, end Big Sandy Meadow

“Summit Napper”

Amazing dawn. COLD. Fall asleep. Get up ~ 5:30, meet five Romanians who slept in the shelter and left a lot of trash. Take a panoramic series of photos, nap, alone for ½ hr or so, then ½ dozen thru hikers trickle in. Take lots of photos, including some group jumping ones. Good fun. Others arrive ~10am, and I head down ~11:15. Gosh, I can’t believe I walked up this in the dark. It’s rugged! Much easier during daylight. I’m very sleepy, but not tired from yesterday. When I’m down the switchbacks and into the valley, I crawl under a large boulder and nap for three hours. Exhausted. Swim in tarn above Guitar Lake (~11,600ft), hike down to Ranger Station and pick up gear, cook, and hike three more miles.

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