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Pacific Crest Trail

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.

PCT Pocket Maps - the most current PCT maps available!
Pacific Crest Trail Google Map - trail trace, mileages, elevations, resupply, etc.
JMT Map & Data Book - Free online map set and data book (available in PDF).
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: When To Hike?
stillroaming - Tue, Nov 18, 2014
You want to leave June 1st and you have 71 days. Say you want to average 15 miles a day, that excludes averaging in zero days, i...

When To Hike?
kelsoaasness22 - Tue, Nov 18, 2014
Hello! I am looking for some advice from those who are experienced in PCT hiking conditions. My friend and I are planning to hi...

CDT Map Project (free)
postholer - Fri, Nov 7, 2014
Now that accurate data of the CDT has become more available, it's time we took a serious pass at creating a set of free maps for...

Re: CDT Google Map Updated!
postholer - Wed, Nov 5, 2014
The CDT trace is now current. Over the last week I've been correcting the 2012 trace with the data and tools I have access to. ...

Free 2014 JMT Maps Available!
postholer - Tue, Nov 4, 2014
The JMT maps have been completely brought into the 21st century. They are free, but they require a log in. The last update was ...

CDT Google Map Updated!
postholer - Mon, Oct 27, 2014
By dumb luck I stumbled across the latest publicly available .kml for the CDT over at the CDTC web site. It's the 2012 version f...

PCT 6th Edition Pocket Maps Available Now
postholer - Fri, Oct 24, 2014
The 6th and latest edition of the PCT Pocket Maps are now available for the 2015 hiking season! We've made big changes to the m...

Don't Go WILD!!!
postholer - Fri, Oct 24, 2014
It is difficult to find a more compelling or heart wrenching hiking story than the one told by Cheryl Strayed in her book Wild. ...

PCT 2015 During Summer Break.
mhfleming92 - Tue, Oct 14, 2014
Hey all! I'm thinking of hiking the PCT in-between semesters of college next season. I was just curious if there was anyone el...

Re: AT Factoids
Gorp-Gobbler - Sat, Oct 11, 2014
Hey, pretty neat info. Sure could impress some so called AT "Know it Alls" with this, of course they would probably sa...

NOBO From Tehachapi In Mid-July?
bradmarston - Sat, Oct 11, 2014
Hello -- I'm considering section hiking the PCT NOBO from Tehachapi pass to Onion Valley, starting in mid-July or so. I've hike...

Recent Journal Entrys

Lessons Learned
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AT - jimmyjam - Sat, Nov 15, 2014
On my last trip to the SNP in the freakish storm I learned a few things and have accordingly made some adjustments in my gear ch...
The Most Wonderful Discovery!
GHT - maddog murph - Wed, Nov 12, 2014
This weekend I traveled to Seattle to participate in Sea-to-Sky a West Coast Dance conference, and my Grandmother felt ill while...
Osprey Honoring Their Almighty Guarantee
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PCT - perrybros - Mon, Nov 10, 2014
Today I called Osprey to get a repair done on my Atmos 65. The waterproof zippers on the back tend to be a weak point in these p...
It's Real! I Told My Mom
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PCT - niapatt333 - Mon, Nov 10, 2014
Well now I have to do this. This morning I told my mother I'm doing it and she said she thought it was awesome! Guess i have...
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AT - Gorp-Gobbler - Mon, Oct 27, 2014
On October 18th and 19th, I joined a few other Buckeye Trail members, to hike another 19.1 miles. The majority of our hike was o...
In Silver City
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CDT - James M - Fri, Oct 24, 2014
Greetings from sunny Silver City! It's been a while since I've had a full rest day, so I figured I'd take one today and explore ...
I Bid Thee Farewell, And To All A Good Night
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PCT - vagrans - Wed, Oct 22, 2014
Well, here I am back home on California's Smith River. I'm sitting on my favorite green recliner, sipping coffee while t...
Tahoe Yosemite Trail Information
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OTHER - Miner - Sun, Oct 19, 2014
I spent some time typing up some information for anyone considering hiking the Tahoe Yosemite Trail including some of the logist...
Now That I Am Home
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PCT - vickiclift - Fri, Oct 17, 2014
It has been pointed out by a few folks that I haven't really wrapped this up. Yep. I am home. I guess. I still feel like a visit...
Day 175
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PCT - tab - Thu, Oct 16, 2014
Taking a well deserved Zero, but it's amazing how quickly it disappears. It's hot down here away from the mountains. Met...
Journal Entry
AT - dgoettlicher - Tue, Oct 14, 2014
Lessons learned (Appalachian Trail)~~I am tougher in the woods than I am in the suburbs.~~The simpler life of the trail is hard ...
Planning, Training
PCT - Lazy_K - Mon, Oct 13, 2014
Testing the journal entry to see what it looks like. My gearlist is complete. I just need a few small things. Im going to lock d...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

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Snowplow & Rubber Legs - PCT - Jun 22, 2009 - Unplanned Exit To Quincy
We didn't get as far today as we had hoped. I had a (hopefully) little medical issue that prevented me from hiking further. We started out at 7:30am with very good trail. Still some blow downs to get over or around but no snow fields. There were a couple of snowfields that came down right to the trail, and the trail crossed above a really large steep patch that started just below the ridge we were on. More nice views of the surrounding area, and we had lunch on another high butte covered with wild flowers. The view was great. Later in the day we got our first views of snow covered Mt Lassen far to the north. Somewhere around the 11.5 mile mark I get a severe abdominal cramp. Enough to make me drop my pack as fast as I could and lay down. Rockstar is still hiking with us and, of course she stays with us to help if she can. After about 20 minutes the pain started easing off and then went away. Weird. We hadn't been working hard and it isn't a very warm day. I've been drinking plenty of water, including some electrolyte drink. Normal bowel movement this morning. I drink a little water and it seems to be fine. We shift a little weight from my pack to Julie's and we start out again. We have about 5 miles to water and our planned camp site. I take it slow, hoping to make it the full distance, but about a mile later the pain comes back. I have to stop again and lay down for a while. The pain is worse this time but after 30 minutes or so it eases again. This time it doesn't go away completely and when we get up to give it another try it comes right back again. The pain is always in the same spot, left side of the abdomen a little towards the front and about midway between the hip bone and the bottom of the rib cage. It's severe enough to give me the cold sweats and it makes me feel a little nauseous. This time it's severe enough that I have Julie write down our GPS location and I am just about ready to have her call Search & Rescue. Believe me, there's nothing more difficult for a SAR guy to do than to call in a SAR on himself. Just then, it starts to get better and then it goes away again. OK, I'm going to go dig a hole and see if I can make something happen. No luck. We decide to camp here for the night. I walk over to the camp spot and help Julie get our tent set up. Rockstar takes our empty water bottles and walks down to get water for us and her. There is water closer to us than where we had planned to camp but it is over a half mile off trail so we weren't going to use it. I continue to feel fine laying in the tent and composing this entry. Rockstar gets back with the water and sets up her tent near ours. We are really glad she is here in case this turns serious, but we are concerned that she will not make it to Belden in time to catch her ride to Quincy. It's been a couple of hours now since the last episode and I still feel ok, even a little hungry so I think I will try eating something and see how that goes. OK, it's now a couple hours after eating and I still feel ok. Will add an update in the morning before we leave camp. AM update: one recurrence at 12:30am that lasted an hour or more, then ok the rest of the night. Ate a meal bar and drank water at 7:00am and still feel ok 15 minutes later. We can backtrack 4 miles to a road and then walk or get a ride 22 miles to Quincy or we can go forward 30 miles to a road and do the same. We are going to backtrack to the Quincy-LaPorte Rd and head down to Quincy. From there I have no idea what the next step will be. Animal sitings: frog, chipmunk.

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