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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

Out Of The Gorge
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PCT - Big Jerr - Yesterday
After a huge breakfast ,Jack got us up the river to Washington side of the bridge by 1130 am and we began the mostly uphill hike...
Get Close To Snoqualmie
PCT - swade - Yesterday
27 mile day The task today was to get close to Snoqualmie so that I can get there early tomorrow and rest up in the middle of th...
Zero Day In Steam Boat
CDT - psmurf - Yesterday
Today I checked in with a local doctor to evaluate what I see as a left sided hernia. Feelings of pressure more than real pain. ...
Mist, Magic, & Mountains
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PCT - SlowBro - Yesterday
Up at 5 to get an early start, but it was quite foggy. All my gear was damp as were my socks and shoes, but that's the way it is...
White Pass
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PCT - Kevin Taylor - Yesterday
Fantastic views of Mt Adams with clouds in the valley this morning. Could also see Mt St Helens. Climbed up to the start of the ...
Skykomish - Stevens Pass
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PCT - MarknHolly - Yesterday
We are now in Skykomish a historic town 13miles west of Stevens Pass. Closest hotel, i.e.. resupply, showers, bed and restaurant...
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PCT - Brad Franke - Yesterday
This is my first attempt at my daily itinerary. I plan on adding 6 more hiking or zero days along the way to finish on August 15...
Stone Sentinels
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AT - grimtongue - Wed, Aug 20, 2014
Bromley ski resort/Greenwall shelter Woke up this morning with a ton of dew coating everything around me. MY hammock, the things...
It's A Long Way Round
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CT - UberBitch - Wed, Aug 20, 2014
As comforting as the sound of rain falling on the tent sounds, it's very disconcerting to hear it in the morning and think about...
Sky Zero
PCT - jim_lamorte - Wed, Aug 20, 2014
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 - Wed, Aug 20, 2014
Today was an "easy" day of hiking. It was only easy because I came to town in the afternoon and therefor only hiked ab...
Lonesome Days
CDT - Hamburger - Wed, Aug 20, 2014
Once I had left Grand Lake and the surrounding Lakes hikers became scarce. The trail was mostly well marked. When getting near B...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

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Blitz with Miss Janet

Blitz - AT - Apr 30, 2011 - Surviving Our First Wild Animal Attack
I think that all thru-hikers would agree that the most feared animal by far along the AT is the mouse. Specifically the shelter mice, who have become wise to the ways and foods of hikers, and won't hesitate to chew into a pack to get to your food. Actually, that's one reason mnay hikers prefer to stay away from shelters, just to avoid these voracious devious fiends. I thought we'd be safe last night sleeping at least 100 meters away from the shelter, but I forgot that I had some gorp inside my pack. During the night I kept hearing mice walking all around my tent, running right by my face, and climbing over my pack, but everytime I'd get up and turn on my light, they'd skittered away. Fortunately I had followed the usual hiker protocol of leaving all my pack pockets open (so they wouldnt have to chew a way in) and the mice just found and ate my gorp, but it did deprive me of the sleep I so much wanted. Live and learn - I should have made sure there was no food in my pack, and then they would have preyed on some of the other campers nearby.
Anyway, another early day for us, packing quietly in the clear night, admiring the stars as we hit the trail by 05:30.
Stopped for breakfast at Standing Indian shelter, and shared some stories with S'mores and other hikers there. S'mores said to say hi to Salmon if we find her - knows she somewhere ahead up the trail, and at the rate we're going, we may see her.
It's another beautiful clear and cool day, perfect for hiking, and the trail is mostly well graded for easy miles. Great views from the rock ledges atop Standing Indian mtn. and a long great hike down a ridge where we get outstanding views in both directions. The mountain is very steep, and we wonder how early explorers could have come over such difficult terrain throgh the thick rhodedendron and Laurel forests that form a tunnel over us for many of the miles today. we notice several differetn types of forests during the day, some quite open (we keep looking around for bears, but unfortunately don't see any - maybe we're too loud and scare them off). Some of the forests are very thick, and we can't see far at all. Many beatuiful old growth trees, and everwhere the blooming trillium, with a variety of other wildflowers (most of which I don't know).
At Betty Creek Gap we run into Miss Janet, who for many years ran her famous hiker hostel in Erwin TN that served thousands of AT hikers. We enjoy chatting and she gives us a severe talking to when she finds out how many miles we've been hiking - says we are going way too fast to start. It's clear arguing is futile, and she has certainly had a lot of experience in seeing hikers who do and don't make it to Katahdin. One of her arguments that really resonates for me is that by going so fast, we don't really get a chance to stay with the cool people we are meeting along the way, most of whom hike at a more lesiurely pace. I've been thinking about that, not sure how far I'll still want to hike every day once the Blitz brothers become simply Blitz, next week when Eric has to leave the trail at Fontana Dam. Will worry about that later.
Made it into Wallace Gap where Ronnie Holland gives us a ride to the Budget Inn in Franklin. Hot shower!! Go to Roadhouse for dinner, and outside see a group of scruffy characters eyeing us - Eric walks over and asks if they're hikers, and they confirm. Then he turns to one and asks if she is Salmon - she is!! So we pass on Smores greetings and go in for a huge dinner, washed down with quantities of Bock, and then sleep so so soundly, with no fears of merciless mice.

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