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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: 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...

Re: Hammock In High Sierra In August?
Miner - Wed, Jul 16, 2014
To use a hammock, you'll have to modify your daily mileage to insure that you are always below tree line at night. I would hate...

Re: Water And Rain In High Sierra In August
stillroaming - Wed, Jul 16, 2014 bet! Typically the T-Storms stop building after sunset. But occassionally you have them through the night. ...

Re: Water And Rain In High Sierra In August
FUnprepared - Wed, Jul 16, 2014
One more question - does it sometimes rain at night as well? I mean, when the sky is clear in the evening, you sleep without a t...

Hammock In High Sierra In August?
FUnprepared - Wed, Jul 16, 2014
When I hear, how many people are walking through high Sierra and do not even use a tent, I will ask a question - did you see any...

Re: Water And Rain In High Sierra In August
FUnprepared - Tue, Jul 15, 2014
I've been backpacking in the Sierra Nevada with a down sleeping bag for over 20 years. Never had any issues keeping it dry. I ...

Re: Water And Rain In High Sierra In August
FUnprepared - Tue, Jul 15, 2014
It can be extremely dry between Walker Pass and your first encounter with the Kern River. As for weather you can expect thunder...

Recent Journal Entrys

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AT - chaseat99 - Today
Today was some of the best Trail for cruising that I have seen in a while. I met Birdman from Knoxville Tennessee. Also an Engli...
Lower Twin Lake
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PCT - tnx4asking - Today
We left the Timberline Lodge area and began a southbound, 5 mile downhill (1800') hike and it was absolutely beautiful. I do...
A Second Zero In Salida
CDT - psmurf - Today
Now in wait mode for shoes to arrive. Trying to improve success with new shoe wear by ... getting two sock layers at outdoor sto...
Bigger Mile Days. Yay
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PCT - vickiclift - Today
Making much better time these days. My new hiking partner is great for motivation and encouragement when I might just stop for a...
Mosquitoes Are Back!!
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PCT - dwelch - Yesterday
The trail in Oregon so far has been easy walking for the most part. The tread is soft soil and there aren't many big climbs and ...
Unmet Expectations
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CT - Ellen S - Yesterday
Had a hard time getting up this morning. I slept well, but the wind was shaking the fly. When I finally got up, it didn't seem c...
Rain All Night But Dry
AT - DblR - Yesterday
Day 137 - It rained all night but stopped by morning. Got out early and none of the camp kids were up. The hike was pretty good ...
Cold & Talus
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PCT - SlowBro - Yesterday
It did not rain last night. I'm sure of that, but it might as well have. Every thing was pretty damp this morning when I got...
Green Spring Mountain
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PCT - Kevin Taylor - Yesterday
Cascade Shuttle picked us up at 600 and we were hiking before 630. Cool and misty, needed my jacket! Nice walk, clouds lifted ar...
Grizzly Lake To Dumont Lake
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CDT - Jo - Yesterday
Steamboat Springs, got the last room at the inn (Rabbit Ears Inn, that is). Apparently there's some kind of baseball or spor...
Heat, Smoke And Fire
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PCT - Marce and Jill - Yesterday
After a fine day in Chester, we got back on the trail and really started clicking through the miles. Before we knew it, we were ...
End Of The Trail For Now
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CT - anaddi8 - Yesterday
my dream to hike the CT has been dashed due to cellulitis - a blister on toe which became an angry infection and landed me in th...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

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Postholer - PCT - Aug 10, 2013 - Oregon, Done.
Actually I'm still in Oregon sitting on the Oregon side of the Columbia River. Just a few short steps across the Bridge of the Gods and I'll be in Washington. But first a couple zero days.

It took me less than 18 days to do Oregon, including zero days. Not bad for a fat old man!

The day started out clear and humid. Fortunately no condensation or rain from last night was on the tent which made packing up easy.

Within an hour I was at Wahtum Lake. Lots of packers there. Next the trail climbed. Apparently the trail needed to get as high as possible before descending to the 200 foot level of the Columbia River; that's 4000 feet of descent folks.

The descent was uneventful and tedious as I remembered. I met a few section hikers as well.

Within a couple hours of of Cascade Locks I confirmed my hotel reservation. Hot shower here I come. By 2:30 I reached my destination. It has been clouding up all day and is raining as I speak. Fed, clean and doing laundy I don't care. It's a soft warm bed tonight. The forecast calls for sunny skies by the time I get back on the trail, what a relief.

After grabbing a bite I also managed to do 20 days resupply for all of Washington. The clerk was shocked that I had to carry all that back to the hotel and she offered me a ride. Thanks Linda you're the best!

So all my chores are done and I'll mail my resupplys out on Monday.

Now, it's time to relax.... - in motion

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