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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

Journal Clean Up
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PCT - surforcycle - Today
Still attempting to solve issues to get back on trail. This year looks questionable. May have to continue next season. Hoping fo...
Back To Trail
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PCT - vickiclift - Today
Just lost a long post to the ether so just a short update now. All is safe at home and the irrigation is working so I am happy a...
Stuart Falls
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PCT - Kevin Taylor - Yesterday
Slow start today, Val had a blister we had to work on. Clear and sunny weather and not many Mosquitos! We walked mostly along a ...
Mazama Village
PCT - swade - Yesterday
25 miles today I made it into Mazama Village today at Crater Lake National Park. It was further than I like to hike into a resup...
7.2 Miles Past Willow Pass To Grand Lake
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CDT - Jo - Yesterday
It was a warm 47 degrees this morning, no rain in the night so the tent dried out. We were up and away by 6 a.m. this morning an...
Push The Reset Button
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CT - UberBitch - Yesterday
We somehow managed to turn a 4 1/2 day section into a 4 and two one half day section?? I'm still trying to figure out how that h...
Rest Day
AT - DblR - Yesterday
Day 141 - About the time to get up the rain started coming down in buckets. Tried to wait for it to let up so I ended up taking ...
Timberline Lodge
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PCT - tnx4asking - Yesterday
First and foremost, I would encourage everyone to goback to July 5th to see the pictures that have finally been posted. We have ...
Gear Breakdown
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PCT - slinging bull - Yesterday
Well, so my base weight seems to be right around 12 pounds. 8.5% of my bodyweight. which is about right.------- 5/4 lb - My pack...
Uh Oh, Another One.
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AT - grimtongue - Sun, Jul 27, 2014
Well I know that I have said before that I don't like to write a lot on my zero days but this one was pretty epic and not the us...
To Town!
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PCT - Braxton25 - Sun, Jul 27, 2014
Overcast day that helped with the miles. Made it to the road and first car to come by drove me to Etna and the hotel. Will retur...
The Adventure Begins!
PCT - bafrazier - Sun, Jul 27, 2014
The adventure begins tomorrow! Had a great drive down to Mammoth Lakes and got the last wilderness permit for tomorrow. We were ...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

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Why Not - PCT - May 27, 2009 - Hiker Heaven
527 Day 34 455.2 total miles Hiker Heaven is definitely heaven for us hikers. And the organization is incredible. Loaner clothes, laundry done for you, showers with shampoo and lotion, rides to REI or anywhere else you want to go, internet access, kitchen, tents with cots, a garage with shelves of boxes sent to hikers, and on and on. Donna and Jeff do this for hikers night after night after night. This year they have put a limit to 50 hikers per night and no more than 2 nights. They've been doing this for over 12 years. It's surprising that they aren't burned out. I went into REI Northridge yesterday. Pretty weird to be on the freeway. Shopping is definitely different when you know you have to carry everything you buy. I bought new shoes with better tread for the Sierra. I haven't had a blister yet and sure hope these shoes work as well. REI didn't have my old shoes so I didn't have the option of getting the same ones anyway. I've been eating like a pig. Why Wait and I weighed the same 129.6 before we left. On the scale here she weighed 125 and I weighed 120. I think the scale weighs low but still I've lost 5 more pounds than she has. I think I need to drink more beer! I've eaten a lot since I've been here so maybe I've added back some. I've heard of hiker hunger. It hasn't really set in. I get hungry but I also get full. We are leaving this afternoon. Our next stop will be on Hwy 138, where we will pick up a resupply box in 3 or 4 days. I added just a couple more photos. I wanted to add captions but the computer was being used. Love, Why Not?!

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