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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: CLASS OF "2015"
flip_flop - Sun, Aug 24, 2014
Hello! I am Flip/Flop, I am starting out from Harpers Ferry WV on April 06, 2015 to reduce the environmental impact on Springer ...

Re: Need Help Getting To Trail At Sisters, OR
glenn - Sat, Aug 23, 2014
It is probably less expensive to fly into Portland. CoBreeze is the private shuttle from Portland down to Redmond and Bend. From...

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...

Recent Journal Entrys

New & Old Hiker Friends
AT - DblR - Yesterday
Day 175 - Took a zero today at Stratton. The closer I get the less of a hurry I feel. I am anxious to get to Caratunk so I can g...
Better Weather , But Not Much
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PCT - Big Jerr - Yesterday
After a chilly/ wet night the sun did pop out a a couple hours to aid us getting started. Though as the miles and time drifted b...
Nearo To Andover
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AT - mattlessner - Yesterday
I only hiked 8 miles today and called it quits to go into the small town of Andover. The afternoon off will be good for my tired...
Short Detour For Repairs
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PCT - vickiclift - Yesterday
Once again the text of this post is swallowed by my phone. So just a short note to let everyone know I am ok and recovering well...
Getting Better Slowly But Surely
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CDT - Cathie - Yesterday
We woke to rain. After two trips dashing out of the tent to pee, we got dressed and headed out to Flagg Ranch Lodge to spend too...
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AT - jimmyjam - Yesterday
So I decided I wanted a hood on my wind shirt. I order some Pertex Endurance,a waterproof breathable fabric, and used my old pat...
August 30 - 2281 To White Pass
PCT - Silkies - Sat, Aug 30, 2014
I was really looking forward to the views that were supposed to be on the "knife edge" part of the hike today. Turns out that be...
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PCT - Kevin Taylor - Sat, Aug 30, 2014
Rain last night, everything was damp but ok. Short hike to Stevens pass. The lodge was closed until 9 am so I tried hitching wit...
GR20 Preparations
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OTHER - CiscoCombs - Sat, Aug 30, 2014
First entry for our Corsica GR20 hike. We fly out Sept 2,2014 from San Francisco to Amsterdam, Nice, Figari Sud Corsa, and stay ...
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CT - Ellen S - Sat, Aug 30, 2014
Final thoughts on scattered subjects. I am grateful to so many who helped me on this journey. My loving husband, who encouraged ...
Between Two Books
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AT - grimtongue - Fri, Aug 29, 2014
We woke up pretty early today and tried to hit the trail somewhat early as we were anticipating a large day. At least by New Ham...
In Steamboat
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CDT - James M - Fri, Aug 29, 2014
Greetings from Colorado! I am in Steamboat right now sharing a zero day with my Dad, and am glad to give the legs a little rest....

Journal Entrys Past & Present

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Tunnel debris, old boots

widmanc - CDT - Aug 18, 2010 - Alpine Train Trail
We happily hiked up brand new trail this morning until it abruptly ended.  It is obvious that there is more work to be done and it is well flagged.  The rest of the trail was a bit steep but OK and it did help us get up above the trees and quickly over some 12,000 saddles early on when it was cool.  The views were great and Rich took some time to take photos (despite the make-the-miles mantra).  We got to dip into history again when we hiked down the railroad grade from the Alpine Tunnel which was in operation (sort of, lots of tragedy here) from 1882 to 1910.  There was a lot of work in horrible conditions with limited success to get this tunnel through the continental divide. It was to support all the mining from the Hancock area.We ended up roadwalking for a bit and saw 8 more ATVs come on by.  We summited the pass above Hancock lake late in the day and stumbled down another road walk by some cabins and rustic vacation homes to a so-so damp campsite near the crossing of the Middle Fork of the West Arkansas.  The weather theatened to get crappy but it wasn't too bad.  We have left ourselves 10 miles or so to finish tommorrow.Trail notes:  The new trail work might get finished this season (it looks like they are coming back) but if not, you will come to a section where the new tread gets rougher (starting with blue flags) and then intersects with the old trail (which of course goes straight up) near some deadfall.  NB:  you could try to go straight down the old trail but the new trail workers put up some hard obstacles to discourage use.

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