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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

The Gear
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PCT - fredrikr - Today
Here is everything I am bringing to kick-off (minus the point-and-shoot digital camera). Note the parasol on the far right, the ...
Booked My Flight
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PCT - heron - Today
Finally I booked my flight to PDX - and my hike for 2014 is getting real! End of april is coming and I can feel the feverish imp...
Tule Canyon Spring
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PCT - Kevin Taylor - Yesterday
Today was my 7th day on the trail. Left camp about 530 for a fantastic sunrise and fog in the valley below. Hiked to Mike Herrer...
On To Julian And A Rest
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PCT - donwood - Yesterday
I was up at 0545 and ontrail by 0615. It was another coupole of miles down hill then a few more across the bottom of a valley to...
Pre-Kick Off Kick Off--ARRIVAL
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PCT - BigBro+LilSis - Yesterday
And here it all begins... We left this morning. For probably the first time ever Colin, Josh, and I grabbed the 4:05 AM boat lea...
Descending Deep Creek
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PCT - SlowBro - Yesterday
I bid farewell to Bob and Kathy after breakfast this morning. It was really nice of them to hike with me and I truly enjoyed the...
Made It To San Diego
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PCT - vickiclift - Yesterday
So it begins. I am now in San Diego at a trail angels place. Thanks Stephen. Home cooked chicken, veggies and red potatoes. Very...
In TN Officially
AT - DblR - Yesterday
Day 45 - It was pretty mild in the shelter last night until about 3am. A cold front came in with some pretty strong winds. It wa...
Spring Time Section
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AT - Jefe - Yesterday
1. Date: 4/23/14 2. Day1 3. Morning temp: mid 40s 4. Weather: windy overcast 5. Time start: 0710 6. Time stop and miles: 1431 11...
Made It To Paradise Cafe
PCT - Eldon - Tue, Apr 22, 2014
Had a uncomfortable night.The winds were blowing up to 50mph and the temperature was in the thirty's.The tent was flapping a...
Into The San Gabriels
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PCT - dwelch - Tue, Apr 22, 2014
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 - Tue, Apr 22, 2014
Last three days Sunday- 16 miles from picnic area to water tank at Rodriguez trail Monday- 9 miles to scissors crossing plus 4 m...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

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Lake view from Watchman Peak

TK and Boo Boo - PCT - Oct 5, 2011 - Revisiting Windigo Pass
Some people need to walk every inch of PCT. I am fine with walking most of it and missing some parts if that's the way it happens. Due to extenuating circumstances, I have hiked sections of PCT that many don't hike. Ok, I got "sidetracked" near Crater Lake and hiked a bunch of miles on the PCT equestrian trail before backtracking to the crater rim trail and, with yesterday's hike to Cascade Locks, I had now done both the original PCT route and previously, the Eagle Creek alternate route ( Take the Eagle Creek Alternate if you have the choice! ). Then there was the Oregon Skyline Trail or OST. It took me to Shelter Cove. Did I feel bad about bypassing some PCT miles? No. Halfmile calls it an "alternate" and that's good enough for me.But, we were in Oregon and we had a car so why not drive up to Windigo Pass (mile 1884) and check it out. We did.Oct. 3rdFrom highway 58, we took forest road 6020 to the Windigo Pass road 60. It was a washboard dirt road at first, coming in from the East side of Crescent Lake. Then, it turned into a better quality red cinder road. Barb was ripping right along and we covered the 14 miles to the pass in about 30 minutes. Déjà vu - I had been here before, exactly 40 days ago. I walked over to Lloyd Miller's water cache. There were three empty containers and no water. It was very cold and rainy. We figured the rain could turn to snow at any moment. "Do you really want to hike this section?" Barb asked. I thought for a moment. It would be a long 30 mile slackpack. We would have to camp in the car here tonight. I would get an early start tomorrow and be climbing up to 7,000 feet. There would surely be snow and maybe lots of it and maybe I would get caught in another snowstorm, this time with only minimal day packer survival gear, no tent, no sleeping bag. My ankles were still aching from all the downhill from the previous day. It was an easy answer. "No. My PCT journey is finished" I didn't need to prove anything to anyone else and I felt great about every inch of trail I covered and I felt fine about every inch of trail I missed. By checking off the burn closure yesterday, my hike was complete.It was nice to be there though, like visiting an old friend. We took what water we had in the car, about 2 gallons and poured it into one of Lloyd's empty containers. Driving on, the road improved and soon, we reached pavement again at highway 138.Diamond Lake resort was just down the highway so we checked it out. They had a special $ 59 rate. Before you could blink an eye, we were warming ourselves by their fireplace. The rain was increasing in intensity and the temp outside at the lake was 43 degrees. We knew it would be snowing at Windigo Pass.Oct 4It was very cold and windy. The temperature at Diamond Lake was 36 degrees. Being so close to Crater Lake, we took a side trip down there. It was a beautiful sight, the hills and countryside were blanketed with a light layer of snow. We guess the air was about 30 and with a wind chill index pushing it into the 20's. We looked for Watermother's memorial cairn, it had been dismantled. So we hiked up to the Watchman (watch tower) and built another, smaller one, in a less intrusive place. Perhaps it would survive the wrath of the rangers. Again, it was a walk down memory lane as I pointed out the PCT to Barb along the way. We figured Barb ended out her PCT season with 1,066 miles. Way to go Boo Boo!Then we took the scenic highway (138) to Roseburg where brother Joe and Kathy live. Nice to see them again. The weather is going south very quickly. We were hoping to spend a day on the Oregon coast before our flight leaves for San Diego on the 6th but it may not be fun walking Oregon's beaches in a driving, cold, rain. Today, Oct. 5th, we pulled a web cam image from the net - it is a current shot of Crater Lake visitor's center (elevation, 6450 ft.) - see pic #12. Brrrrrrrrr.PCT hikers still on the trail in Oregon and Washington. We are thinking warm thoughts for you. Be careful out there.

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