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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: 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?...

Kennedy Meadows/Tom's Place
chendu - Sun, Apr 6, 2014
I'm planning to join friends thru hiking NB at either Walker Pass on highway 178 or Kennedy Meadows. Is the road to Kennedy Mea...

Recent Journal Entrys

The Subject Of Failure-it Took A Hike To Teach M
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PCT - Mack-Pack - Yesterday
I have always been blessed with agility and balance.A 5 handicapp golfer,can throw a curve ball,can throw a knuckleball, a tight...
Easy Walk To Big Bear Lake
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PCT - SlowBro - Yesterday
Six thirty trail start this morning. Mostly up and down rolling terrain through the forest. Chilly this AM and I kept my coat on...
Anza Borrego
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PCT - Kevin Taylor - Yesterday
up early, no one else camped in the Meadow. At 6000 feet now and cooler. After breakfast, walked an hour to Mt. Laguna and the P...
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AT - grimtongue - Yesterday
Despite what I said earlier about the front desk people not being much help yesterday this morning I talked to another person th...
Counting Down The Days......
PCT - 10-k - Yesterday
24 hours from now we'll be headed to CLT where I will catch my flight to SAN. 48 hours from now I'll be headed to Canada by way ...
Last Day At Work
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PCT - fredrikr - Fri, Apr 18, 2014
Truthfully, my journey began over 2 months ago when trip planning began in earnest. Once the decision was made, everything else ...
People We Meet
PCT - CM82 - Fri, Apr 18, 2014
We started the day leisurely with two cups of coffee, with only a short hiking day and a destination of Ziggy and The Bear hiker...
Almost Ready
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PCT - higherg1 - Fri, Apr 18, 2014
Well two weeks ago I said our weather is improving but as I write this it is snowing like crazy, and in 3 days I will be hiking ...
Day Four
PCT - Eldon - Fri, Apr 18, 2014
Best day so far,felt good,great weather,in the low seventies.A very strong thunderstorm to the north,made for a great sky.The te...
Day 11: Up The Hill Out Of Nantahala Outdoor Ce
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AT - mattlessner - Fri, Apr 18, 2014
Ahhhh, another big breakfast to start a day of hiking off right. After complaining to myself yesterday about spending too much m...
Off The Trail
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PCT - jroth2353 - Fri, Apr 18, 2014
Due to health reasons, we have to take an hiatus from the trail. Seaglass's brush with heat exhaustion has not worked itself...
2014 Start Date
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PCT - tnx4asking - Fri, Apr 18, 2014
Currently, the plan for 2014 is to enter the Sierras from Kings Canyon, intersect the PCT and head north to Canada. I should sta...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

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Spider Crossing Zone on the Trail

Gadget - CDT - Oct 18, 2011 - Morning Climb Then Lots Of Walking
We wavered over taking road or trail this morning, about the same distance either way, but we ultimately opted to go for trail. This afforded some nice views on the climb at the start, but really nothing in the way of views beyond there ---- just lots of pleasant walking in open forest. Okay, not so pleasant at some places that were quite rocky, but overall not bad, and well marked. Cudos to the New Mexico Mountain Club for all the work they've done through here and elsewhere.

The climb this morning was something approaching 2000'; the rest of the climbing today was in bits and pieces, so no big deal. It was fairly steep at places in the main climb, however; I've certainly had worse, but not a super easy climb in any event.

About 14 miles into the day we hit our one water source, somewhat off trail and about a 250' elevation drop that we then had to climb back up lugging about 4 or more liters of water to allow for dry camping tonight. But once back up the trail turned to quite good road, so we were able to just step out and do some decent mileage, making up for the bits that slowed us down earlier. We both had our separate MP3 players going. Lucky Joe speaks some spanish too, so I suggested that he listen to some of my music, and he seemed to like Eva Amaral just fine. Perhaps I'll convince him to listen to some Julietta Venegas songs tomorrow.

And speaking of tomorrow --- we'll have about another 7+ miles of pretty good quality dirt road to walk, and then another hour plus of hiking beyond that we'll run into a junction that will require a choice. The official CDT route goes around Mount Taylor on its western slopes, while the route recommended by Ley and Wolf climbs to the top of Mount Taylor. The catch is that to do about a normal day of hiking would leave us pretty much right at the top of Mount Taylor at the end of the day if we took this latter choice. So my best guess is that we'll end up going around --- still a lot of climbing and moving to a higher elevation, something above 9000' in general. But we'll defer the decision until tomorrow when we're at the junction --- see how we feel and what time it is, etc.

Depending on which route we take we're somewhere between 39 and 42 miles from the town of Grants; I rather suspect that we'll get into Grants sometime on the afternoon of Thursday, Oct 20th.

Anyway, overall a pretty nice day, I think we're both feeling a bit less beat than we did (or certainly I did) at the end of yesterday.

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