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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.
Trail App Reports - View all reports submitted from the Postholer Trail App.

Maps
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.

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

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...

Are Public Lands Important To The PCT?
postholer - Thu, Oct 2, 2014
In a word, YES. With 2,307 miles of trail on public lands the importance is HUGE. Here are the details of where the PCT traver...

Appalachian Trail Pocket Maps 2nd Edition
postholer - Wed, Oct 1, 2014
We are very pleased to bring you the 2nd edition AT Pocket Maps! The last couple months we've made some fundemental and excitin...

PCT Annual Fires 2000-2014
postholer - Mon, Sep 29, 2014
In 15 years, 431 trail miles and 2,153,764 acres have burned. The following is a break down by year. The order is affected trai...

PCT Factoids...
postholer - Fri, Sep 26, 2014
...and here of course are your PCT factoids: the PCT crosses 2671 unique drainages, 3137 different crossings, of which 389 are ...

AT Factoids
postholer - Fri, Sep 26, 2014
Here are some interesting AT factoids I've gathered recently... the AT crosses 893 unique drainages, 1764 different crossings, ...

Re: Anyone For A Swim?!
pfletch101 - Tue, Sep 23, 2014
Thanks! I am coming to the end of a 3 year project to walk a virtual reality map of the northbound Trail in daily stages on my t...

Recent Journal Entrys

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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...
Last Night
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LT - Hungus - Mon, Oct 13, 2014
I slept pretty well last night. When I go from hammock back to shelter it is always a little rough. When I have a few nights of ...
Victory!
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PCT - fredrikr - Sun, Oct 12, 2014
Today is the day I have been anticipating since passing the midpoint of the PCT two and a half months ago. It will be the last d...
Pillow Talk
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AT - jimmyjam - Sun, Oct 12, 2014
So after looking at all of the pillow options and reading all of the reviews I could find I have landed on the Sea to Summit Aer...
Some Thoughts And Advice On The PCT
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PCT - Kevin Taylor - Wed, Oct 8, 2014
Well, it is one month already since I finished the PCT at the Canadian border! It was an amazing experience and I'm so glad ...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

CDT photo

Lucky Joe in snow near days end

Gadget - CDT - Oct 14, 2011 - Northern NM Is Pretty Nice
I didn't sleep well last night, but that didn't keep me from enjoying today. Lucky Joe and I hiked together all day today and are camped together tonight. We've agreed that we'll nero in the little town of Cuba tomorrow, sharing a motel room there.

My foot is about the same as yesterday; it's not entirely "well", I feel it, still have my shoe laced very loosely, and get some twinges and sudden pains on occasion, but all of this is manageable. Heck, my right foot hurt me some today too, so the left foot pain is just getting down to more the "par for the course" type of pains that come and go with long distance hiking. Well, at least for me they do; perhaps some younger hikers manage some entirely pain-free days, dunno.

Despite a 24 mile day and (according to the Wolf guide) 3650' of climbing, it was quite a pleasant day. We started the day a bit over 8000' of elevation if I recall, topped out during the day at 10,550', and we're camped a bit below 8000' tonight. But the climbing was mostly well graded so we could just keep going, though we did take some pleasant breaks along the way. Beautiful blue sky and sunshine, though we were in trees a lot. Fairly open forest, ponderosa pines and the like, so that --- assuming a person has water --- it's quite easy to find a campsite. And there was a lot of water today, so that for the most part we didn't carry much, though towards the end of the day we did tank up and carried a lot of water for the last couple of miles to dry camp tonight.

This morning everything was just totally dry, too --- no dew or frost, everything put away quite dry, which is very nice. I expect this will be the norm in New Mexico going forward.

In the upper elevations today there were a lot of snow patches to go through, and melting snow left a lot of mud and even some minor marsh to walk through so that our feet got wet on occasion. Shoes aren't dry tonight, but neither are they sopping wet, so --- I'll take it.

I didn't take more than a couple of pictures today, because while it was all quite lovely throughout the day, the trees generally blocked any long-range views. Still, this isn't at all what I was expecting from New Mexico, and sadly I know that going forward we'll be seeing a lot more of what I was expecting --- lots of sage brush, cactus, and few trees. For now, I'm quite enjoying where we're at.

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