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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 - Thu, Aug 21, 2014
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 - Thu, Aug 21, 2014
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 - Thu, Aug 21, 2014
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 - Thu, Aug 21, 2014
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 - Thu, Aug 21, 2014
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 - Thu, Aug 21, 2014
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 - Thu, Aug 21, 2014
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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My Path...about 2 weeks out

Ellie - PCT - May 22, 2008 - Dumb Dumb Dumb!
Here is what I learned today. Do not assume it is going to be bright and sunny in southern california, and not pack your rain jacket and pack cover. I knew better damnit! It poured on me for 2.5 hours, and as the temps plummeted to 40 degrees, I started to get a little worried. I just kept moving fast (tortoise fast) and stayed semi-dry under the umbrella.

I was going to stop for the night down at a creek, but there was a tarp set up and when I called out they did not reply, so I moved on another half mile, where a couple at an overlook asked me where I had parked to hike up. Camping was not good, but I found a little spot behind some chapparal and tucked in for the evening.

The rest of the day was pretty unevetful. I saw a HUGE coyote down by Lake Morena. They definitely grow them bigger out west. He did not seem particularly bothered by the large slow hiker either, as he paused to eyeball my meatiness and then moved on.

The water at Boulder Oaks was turned off, but I stopped anyway to tape my feet. Bill stopped by to say he was moving on, but stopped first to marvel at my mummy feet. He announced he was getting one little hot spot on a toe. Damn.

My pictures are not attaching to my entries, but I shall try again tonight. I'm sure it is just user error.

A VERY LARGE coyote - 1
Cottontails - 4
Snake - 1
People - 5 (2 on horseback)

Bars - 2
Oreos - 9
Tortillas and Tuna - 2

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