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Planning
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.

Maps
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.

Reference
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.

Miscellaneous
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

FYI - Hiker Heaven Closing
enyapjr - Sun, Jan 25, 2015
FYI - Hiker Heaven is closing... see <>... For those w/o Facebook, the following was posted on the "Pacific Crest T...

Re: Class Of 2015
bob39 - Sat, Jan 24, 2015
Going solo sobo starting at Cascade Locks starting May 23. You'll pass me, an old man walking. I'll save a Snickers for ya....

Re: Filmmaker Seeks Military Veterans Hiking In 2015
shakenbake - Sat, Jan 24, 2015
Thanks for contacting me Bob! I replied via email. Regards,Shake'nbake!...

Re: Filmmaker Seeks Military Veterans Hiking In 2015
bobncasey - Fri, Jan 23, 2015
Shakenbake. I am Vet and I plan to hike the CDT this year. I'll send you an email....

Re: VVR Near PCT Resupply At East Side Of Lake Ediso
Miner - Wed, Jan 21, 2015
At least this way you spare yourself an expensive bill when you leave VVR. In 2009, I resupplied over Kearsarge Pass and had en...

Re: Route Planning Advice?
Miner - Wed, Jan 21, 2015
Oregon will likely be burried in snow at that time. In high snow years, the trail was still buried in early July in Oregon. W...

Re: Route Planning Advice?
enyapjr - Tue, Jan 20, 2015
No reason to waste time & money skipping around - start at Campo and go as far as your time allows. The majority of thrus s...

Route Planning Advice?
buffalobass - Sat, Jan 17, 2015
Hey y'all, First time posting, hope it's in the right place. So, I'm able to be hiking from early May-early/mid Sept. I was th...

Re: VVR Near PCT Resupply At East Side Of Lake Ediso
ryandax - Fri, Jan 16, 2015
Or just walk the 120 from kearsarge to mammoth and have yourself a, "proper," town stop. Just my 2 cents...

Re: CDT Factoids
gg-man - Wed, Jan 14, 2015
Some people count sheep to go to sleep...... postholer counts stream and road crossings. I love these factoids on the trails!...

Filmmaker Seeks Military Veterans Hiking In 2015
shakenbake - Wed, Jan 14, 2015
Are you an American, Canadian or British military veteran or do you know a veteran planning to hike the PCT, CDT, At or other lo...

Filmmaker Seeks Military Veterans Hiking In 2015
shakenbake - Wed, Jan 14, 2015
Are you an American, Canadian or British military veteran or do you know a veteran planning to hike the PCT, CDT, At or other lo...

Recent Journal Entrys

Road Walk In To St. Marks 24 Miles Start
FT - brianle - Yesterday
As planned, we did a road walk around the flooded Aucilla Sinks area. It really wasn't bad; good quality dirt road with esse...
Good Morning
AT - chaseat99 - Yesterday
I should be your on Springer Mountain in about six days. Keeping extended weather. It looks like a big storm a role in about tha...
Trail Laundry
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PCT - qsquest 15 - Yesterday
As I mentioned in an earlier post I use one of my pillow ZipLoc bags for a washing machine/sink as doing laundry in someone else...
FLipFlop/Head Start Kick Off
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AT - jimmyjam - Fri, Jan 23, 2015
I've tweaked my starting day so I can be in Harper's Ferry for the first FlipFlop Start Kick Off. Time seems to be crawling by n...
My Master Plan.......
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AT - StarMan - Wed, Jan 21, 2015
So This year's plan is to hit the trail on or about May 1, 2015Leg one: Marion/Atkins, VA to Harpers Ferry, VATake some comb...
How To Talk Like A PCT Hiker
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PCT - home2020 - Wed, Jan 21, 2015
Like any subculture, hiking has developed its own lingo. For friends and family unfamiliar with this language, here are some of ...
Moonshine And 2nd Rounds
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AT - BigBro+LilSis - Tue, Jan 20, 2015
Entry one of many more to come. It's still oober hard to believe this is real, Appalachia 2015. Pinch me, snap, crackle, and pop...
Pre Hike 4 Trail Names
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PCT - MonarchandWow - Tue, Jan 20, 2015
How, you may well ask, did we get our trail names? It started back at the beginning of this century when Monarch and I started &...
The Why
PCT - DJoseph2015 - Tue, Jan 20, 2015
The Pacific Crest Trail is something that I have always wanted to do but never thought I would actually do it. I grew up in Wash...
Mad Cows
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PCT - Calikota22 - Sun, Jan 18, 2015
Having gone to bed the night before by 7:00pm, I was awake and ready to go early at 4:30am. I got up, made some coffee, ate some...
The Trail
PCT - somendn - Fri, Jan 16, 2015
Osiyo The PCT is approx 2660 miles long starting in Campo Ca right on the border of Mexico. It follows the crest of the mountain...
And The Serious Prep Work Begins...
PCT - proplyds - Fri, Jan 16, 2015
When I was in high school two of my teachers had through hiked the AT. I thought that was an amazing accomplishment but doing th...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

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3C - PCT - May 11, 2011 - Heading To Big Bear Day 1
Before I talk about today's hike, I want to discuss a little more about the incredible hospitality I have experienced here at the Idyllwild Inn.  The young couple who own and manage the place go far, far, far (I think you get the point) outside the box of outstanding customer service to take care of your every need.  They were my voice on several phone calls setting up my transportation for the next leg of my journey.  They drove me here, they drove me there.  They did my laundry for free.  The rates were very reasonable for a suite (see pix of room).  If you ever visit Idyllwild, STAY HERE.

Here we go again.  I have set an easy pace for the next 5.5 days of only 75 miles.  This will put me in Big Bear on May 16th, where I will meet with my sister, Carolyn, her husband, Del, and their son, Mike.  Mike will then hike with me for a few days.

REALIZE, I may be out of phone contact for most of the 5.5 days.  I just don't know.

TA Dave could not take me to the trailhead at Black Mountain until noonish.  This was no problem since most of the first 20 miles was downhill.  However, what I didn't know was he was not able to take me to the trailhead since the road in was washed out and he didn't have 4 wheel drive.  Therefore I had to hike an unplanned 8.1 miles and 2500' up a dirt road.   Eeeeeekkkkkk.  I do get credit for the mileage though since it is an alternate route.  However, between the not being driven to the trailhead, started hiking late (11:00 am) and getting lost for a short time, I didn't eat much into the mileage to Big Bear. I probably hiked 20 miles and only get credit for about 15.

Right now I am snuggled into my sleeping bag typing this and looking at 100's of windmills that provide electrical power to LA.

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