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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

Head In The Clouds (Feet, Too)
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PCT - SlowBro - Yesterday
Had a shower, got ready, and walked across the parking lot to the diner for breakfast at 6:10. After eating I checked out of the...
Last Day In Ashland
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PCT - Kevin Taylor - Yesterday
Breakfast with Rob and Val at Morning Glory next door, fantastic. Introduced Rob to Easy A and DC. All morning packing 8 boxes w...
Day 90
CDT - pounce - Yesterday
I arrived in Grand Lake this morning! The last section was super-tough, but rewarding. It was filled with steep, long ups and do...
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AT - grimtongue - Yesterday
Well, we had a super short day today milage wise, only 12.1 miles. Mostly due to the incredible heat and humidity coupled with c...
Vermont/Massachusetts Border South On The Appala
AT - Soggybottom - Yesterday
This weekend I am headed to NYC for my uncles 80th birthday. I got a bus ticket leaving Monday at 9 am to take me to the trail h...
Change Of Planning Tools
PCT - cbliss10 - Yesterday
After spending the past week using the planning tool, I've decided to stray. I've found both the planning and gear...
July 22 - Subway Cave To Burney Falls State Park
PCT - Silkies - Tue, Jul 22, 2014
Well, we did a big day. Decided a while ago to go for a big day here because the mileage and resupply location made sense to go ...
Leaving The MacDonalds
AT - DblR - Tue, Jul 22, 2014
Day 135 - Great start to the day with Randy & Amy fixing a hiker breakfast for Red Leg and me. We said our goodbyes and Randy dr...
Getting Back In The Game
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PCT - Big Jerr - Tue, Jul 22, 2014
Well now it's July and were on a training sabbatical (family vacation) in the Sierras , hiking every day trying to get our game ...
Goat Rocks
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PCT - Wilderbitch - Mon, Jul 21, 2014
Just got to White Pass. Goat Rocks was so beautiful & brutal. I'm terrified of heights, so the Knife was a trial ... but I did i...
PCT - swade - Mon, Jul 21, 2014
28 miles today The focus of today was to set myself up for an afternoon arrival in Ashland. I wanted to get a few miles farther,...
The Continental Divide
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CT - UberBitch - Mon, Jul 21, 2014
Today was a loooong day. Much longer than intended. We hadn't planned to hike 23 miles, but the water and camping info in the da...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

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Coming into Kennedy Meadows

Miss Potatohead - PCT - Jun 13, 2008 - Kennedy Meadows
I finally made it to Kennedy Meadows this morning, only 5 days later then I thought I would; I love how flexible I can be at this point on the trail. There is plenty of time right now for zero days & distractions, a luxury I'm sure I will miss as I get closer to Washington and early fall snows. The hike in this morning was glorious. First I followed the Kern River up for a few miles, and just to be near that much water was a sign of the transition I am seeing the land pass through as I move north. Next I entered a huge offshoot of Kennedy Meadows--a sagebrush covered flat, with mountains to all sides. I reached it just as the sun had risen fully, and I stopped to enjoy my breakfast on a boulder pile. The last three miles to the general store flew by, knowing how soon I would be there. When I arrived, walking up to the porch, there were hikers everywhere, and of course, part of my group: Beautiful & Gorgeous from Bellingham, plus Tigger the PCT-van driver & her husband Chuck Norris the hiker, who were waiting for me. It has been GREAT to see all these people again; I had missed them! Tigger & Chuck said that they had been trying to do trail magic for us during the past week, hoping to catch us at road crossings, but when we compared when we'd been where, it turned out that we'd missed each other by hours each time :-( But all's well now that we're together again; as they were waiting here at Kennedy Meadows, they watched group after group of hikers pass through, made friends in each group, and as the hikers would leave they would ask Chuck & Tigger, "Are you coming out today? When are you leaving?" They would always answer, "Oh, we're waiting for our hikers," and we finally arrived! It is incredible, and I think we all feel the same way. One of the women said today that even if we split up for some time, or get separated out on the trail, she wants to at least summit Mt. Whitney with all of us. I agree 100%--this is the group I want to go through the Sierras with. They make me so happy :-) After reunions and story exchanges, we started opening our packages--I had 5--and with all of them laid out in front of me, it looked like Christmas in June. The most entertaining thing was seeing people wearing different clothes--a lot of hikers have gotten new outfits for the Sierras.

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