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Plan a Hike - NEW! Create a plan with the dynamic hike planner.
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Resupply - All the major resupply locations.
Gear Lists - See sample gear lists of those that walked the walk.
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Stockmen - For those who hike the trail with their 4 hooved friends


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JMT Maps & Data Book - Free online map set and data book (available in PDF).
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Data Book - Most current PCT databook
Elevation Profiles - Elevation profiles
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Fire Perimeters - Interactive map of active fire perimeters.
Snow Conditions - Current and historical conditions. Weather, too!
Snow Depth - daily update of NOAA snow depth map.

Recent Forum Posts

Re: Water Filtration Vs Purification
stillroaming - Thu, Nov 26, 2015
The is probably the most popular filter on the PCT these days. The only complaints I heard about it was the plastic bags tend t...

Water Filtration Vs Purification
Warnervale - Thu, Nov 26, 2015
Looking for some local knowledge here folks. Planning a PCT hike in 2016. Sorting out my hydration plan. Would like to know if j...

Re: The Donald (PCT 2012) - Update
Anders - Mon, Nov 23, 2015
I'm sorry to report that Donald died on October 24th, in Nanaimo. See...

Re: 2016 South Bound Pct Thru Hike
AutumnLeaves - Sat, Nov 21, 2015
Hi Heartattackhiker, your starting date at Hart's Pass sounds very good to me. I'm confused why it will take 8 days to be back...

Re: More Permits Due To Wild This Year?
Khrolar - Thu, Nov 19, 2015
I'm sure there is some relation, becuase I had thought about doing the PCT for the last 2 years. But it wasn't untill I actually...

Re: Coming From Overseas
Warnervale - Thu, Nov 19, 2015
Hi Kasey, Hi Dean, I'm doing my first US thru hike on the PCT in 2016. Been doing lots of research of forums, PCT resources and...

Re: Start Date - Kennedy Meadows
Warnervale - Thu, Nov 19, 2015
I will be on the PCT in 2016. By my schedule you will definitely strike some of the 'herd' from party. The advantage of start...

Re: 2016 South Bound Pct Thru Hike
heartattackhiker - Mon, Nov 16, 2015
hi autumn I'll be setting off from harts pass on jun.15 to reach the northern terminus. then set off again from harts pass on my...

Has Anyone Done A SoBo Chunk From Cumbres In Decembe
whancock - Sat, Nov 14, 2015
Hi, I'm new to this. I'm wondering if anyone has done a late (December start) SoBo chunk hike on the CDfrom Cumbres Pass? Thank...

Re: Guns, Dogs, Ammo...oh My!
LaGrangePoints5 - Fri, Nov 13, 2015
I drove up and down I5 this summer stopping at trail crossings to greet hikers. Once I met a young woman from New Zealand at Ca...

2015 Season Has Come To A Close....
North 350 Blades - Tue, Nov 10, 2015
Wow, now that was a busy 2015 maintenance season here on the north 350 miles of the PCT. With the low snowfall in the PNW, the ...

Re: Guns, Dogs, Ammo...oh My!
stillroaming - Tue, Nov 10, 2015
Both topics are so polarizing folks tend to avoid them like the plague. If you want to learn more about 'dog maintenance' check...

Recent Journal Entrys

The Date Has Been Set For Coming Home
PCT - cburt2 - Yesterday
Casey has a definite homecoming date and time set. She'll be arriving at SEATAC at a little before 9PM on December 8th. I (Momma Donna) am really looking forward to seeing the whites of her ey...
It Is Official!!
PCT - sb - Thu, Nov 26, 2015
Its official!!!!! This month on friday the 13th (lucky day!!!) I put in for a Leave of Absence from my job so I can thru hike the Pacific Crest Trail. Today I got the paperwork back, it was ap...
PCT - BrassHandles - Thu, Nov 26, 2015
It's never too early to start the research phase. Although my start date is as far as 4 years away, I'm starting to research resupply strategies and waypoints. This is a never-ending battle th...
PCT 2016, Here We Come...
PCT - Forrest - Wed, Nov 25, 2015
For those of you who followed our journal this year, I would like to provide an update. I (DeAnna/Ranger) will be heading back out in March 2016 to hopefully complete the entire PCT. Althoug...
Getting Close
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PCT - KatScratch - Mon, Nov 23, 2015
I have officially shifted from feeling like there is too much time to feeling like the clock is ticking down. I still have a few pieces of gear to obtain. I need to get maps and my plant tic...
Decision Decision
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PCT - mike-nancy - Sun, Nov 22, 2015
Nancy and I are going to continue training in 2016 and Alaska in 2017. We weren't able to hike this year that would prepare us for the PCT. We plan to do two or three section hikes in 2016 and...
Youtube Video Upload Process Finalised.
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PCT - kiwi stu - Sat, Nov 21, 2015
After much research and a few false starts my process for uploading videos from my Gopro Camera into my Youtube channel whilst on the trail is now finalised after much testing. I have a iPad M...
November 18, 2015
AT - pprovost - Wed, Nov 18, 2015
November 18, 2015 Wednesday Day 159 Miles about 2189 Miles left: zero!!!!!!! Days left:0 We had a fun and diverse group in the Hawk Mountain Shelter, 2 other thrus:Frostbite and CoinT...
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AT - Tjb02141993 - Mon, Nov 16, 2015
I'm at Hawk Mountain shelter, 8 miles from Springer! Can't believe it's my last night out here. Felt a little tired toward the end but had a good last full day of hiking. Tomorrow I'll finish ...
This Is It
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PCT - nottryingbutdoing - Sun, Nov 15, 2015
This is it! I am announcing my super fun trip coming up in 2017. I am hiking the PCT. Yes sir I am! One step at a time. I hope that this year plus will give me the time I need to research and ...
Camino. Last Day
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PCT - stewart50 - Sun, Nov 15, 2015
A leisurely start to the day as we didn't have far to walk so we're able to enjoy breakfast and hit the trail at 8.30 and in another one of those wonderful coincidences that seem to happen on ...
Day 129
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AT - Jrichards - Tue, Nov 10, 2015
I got up and got my breakfast out. It could have been any other wet morning where I was going to hike 20 miles and then stop at a shelter or tent, see some views and some viewless views along ...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

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Goat Flat

Gadget - CDT - Jul 16, 2011 - Snow Slows
We woke this morning about 3 am to the sound of thunder and bright lightening flashes visible through our (or at least my) tent walls. This was followed shortly by very hard rain. We both stayed dry, and I became yet more of a believer in cuben material as a tent fabric. I do have a very tiny seam leak (not sure offhand how to repair that in cuben ...) but I'm sure that with silnylon I would have had some misting through the fabric with this level of rain, but absolutely none through the cuben. Nice.

We got back to sleep as best we could and then woke for real about 5:30. Just as we were packing up, some more rain started, and it seemed hard enough that I reinflated my air mattress and we waited it out a bit and eventually got on trail a little later than usual.

It was quite quite humid this morning. I put some cat crap (anti-fog stuff) on my glasses but they were still steaming up with the effort of climbing.

A big part of the tale of today was snow. From a ways above twin lakes all the way to Rainbow mountain (not to be confused with rainbow lake or rainbow pass that we'll hit tomorrow) just lots of snow, particularly on the eastern (morning sun) side.

Going back down from Rainbow mountain we passed Storm Lake and then climbed up to Storm Lake Pass, again with snow to deal with on the climb. In general what happens is that there's snow at the angle of slope inside and covering a switchback, so that one has the choice of somewhat perilously and slowly working through the snow, or climbing above or somehow otherwise around it. Each situation is a bit different but it's very tiring and slow to deal with these cases.

Today's journey took us to Goat Flats, a lovely area, and the place where the Anaconda route and the more official Butte route join together.

There was still snow going forward, to include going past Page and Flower lakes, really up until somewhere before Queener Basin there was just a lot of snow to deal with. Soft snow. Snow that causes occasional route finding challenges, slows you down, and tires you out.

So anyway, that's why we got in just 15.5 miles today, and given the number of miles still to go before our next resupply point this leaves us slightly concerned; we're hopeful of less snow overall going forward and easier trail conditions in general, as today was quite fatiguing.

We saw some animal tracks today, but no animals of note. Apart from just lots of climbing today, there was lots of water on trail at lower elevations, so swampy bits, and our feet were just generally wet most of the day.

Weather was on-and-off throughout the day; we had a sort of "normal" thunderstorm around 4 pm; this time we managed to spot a fairly dense stand of bigger trees just as it was starting and we crawled in there to wait maybe 20 minutes of the worst of it and so were spared quite a wetting while we enjoyed the thunder and lightening.

We're spending most of our time now at the 8000' to 9000' level. Our bodies are now certainly tuned up to living and exerting ourselves almost continuously at fairly high elevation, so no big deal, but this is a little higher than we've been over the past month or so, FWIW. Given the amount of snow remaining at such elevations, we're hopeful that we don't spend a lot of days at such heights over the next couple of weeks (we're almost afraid now to look and find out ...).

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