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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: Current Backpack
SoCal75 - Fri, Apr 18, 2014
Yeah, I think I was just being stubborn. No sense in all the extra weight. I think I will look into something like the ULA circu...

Mt. Hood Chapter
North 350 Blades - Fri, Apr 18, 2014
Check out the Mt. Hood Chapter's web page. As they say, "Our volunteers maintain the 217 miles of PCT between Midway Meado...

Re: SOBO Info
crazy cloud - Tue, Apr 15, 2014
My opinion is yes you'll need one. Better to have it than not you can always ship it home. I would also consider micro spikes. H...

Re: Current Backpack
stillroaming - Tue, Apr 15, 2014
The whole idea behind lightweight gear is less stress on your body, increased mobility, which all add up to more enjoyment. Can...

Current Backpack
SoCal75 - Tue, Apr 15, 2014
I found out about the PCT a few years ago and It sounded like a pretty exciting adventure. I have decided to do a thru hike in 2...

Powerhouse Fire Closure
roleigh - Mon, Apr 14, 2014
I'm here at the Green Valley Fire Station and the USFS here confirmed that there is a PCT trail closure in effect from this loca...

Re: Thru-hiker Permit Without Paying Pcta?
Flatlatch - Mon, Apr 14, 2014
I am new to this site but have found that there are yippie1984's on every forum...uninformed and easily lost in the vast wildern...

Chem - Sat, Apr 12, 2014
Leaving early July and hope to miss most the snow in WA by then. Curious for those who know that section around this date what t...

Re: Kennedy Meadows/Tom's Place
Big Jerr - Fri, Apr 11, 2014
you well want good working brakes, for the ride down from K.M. jerrmatt...

2014 Sierra Entry Date
postholer - Tue, Apr 8, 2014
The guesstimated Sierra Entry Date is June 9th. On April 1st the snow sensor at Upper Tyndall Creek near Forester Pass showed 5...

2014 Sierra Entry Date
dofdear - Sun, Apr 6, 2014
Wondering if anyone has heard what the calculated date is for this year?...

Kennedy Meadows/Tom's Place
chendu - Sun, Apr 6, 2014
I'm planning to join friends thru hiking NB at either Walker Pass on highway 178 or Kennedy Meadows. Is the road to Kennedy Mea...

Recent Journal Entrys

Almost Ready
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PCT - higherg1 - Yesterday
Well two weeks ago I said our weather is improving but as I write this it is snowing like crazy, and in 3 days I will be hiking ...
Day Four
PCT - Eldon - Yesterday
Best day so far,felt good,great weather,in the low seventies.A very strong thunderstorm to the north,made for a great sky.The te...
Day 11: Up The Hill Out Of Nantahala Outdoor Ce
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AT - mattlessner - Yesterday
Ahhhh, another big breakfast to start a day of hiking off right. After complaining to myself yesterday about spending too much m...
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AT - grimtongue - Yesterday
Well here I am at the lodge in Fontana Village. First thing I did was to go to the front desk and try to pick up my packages. Th...
2014 Start Date
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PCT - tnx4asking - Yesterday
Currently, the plan for 2014 is to enter the Sierras from Kings Canyon, intersect the PCT and head north to Canada. I should sta...
First Day
PCT - swade - Yesterday
It was a great feeling to finally stand at the monument after years of dreaming. I started with 7 people who I rode the bus with...
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PCT - zippymorocco - Yesterday
Here are a few photos of Zippy's first day on the PCT. I miss that guy already! - Diddo P.S. Is it just me, or are those pos...
Last Hours!
PCT - Zog - Yesterday
24 hours to go till it begins. I will unpack, recheck, and repack at least once and maybe twice. To reach the trail we took a we...
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PCT - catyo - Thu, Apr 17, 2014
Today started out with an insanely beautiful sunrise! I was happy to get on the trail in the pink glow just as barb was. We hike...
Long Hiking Day
PCT - CM82 - Thu, Apr 17, 2014
The descent from San Jacinto was an obstacle course of climbing over and under downed trees and maneuvering a dozen plus icy tra...
Ready To Head Back Out
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PCT - dwelch - Thu, Apr 17, 2014
I spent a second zero day at Big Bear today and am definitely restless to get back out on the trail. I know it was good for my b...
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PCT - fredrikr - Thu, Apr 17, 2014
I will miss the daily walks with my mutts. They appear to be blissfully unaware of the impending separation. I have no time to d...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

PCT photo

"Clark Kent" - PCT - May 12, 2011 - Lions, Tigers And Bears
Saw two grizzly bears, two lions, and most frightening of all, a jack russell terrier. Actually, we passed the animal cages of Predators In Action, a company that provides animals and trainers for the movie industry. The cages were good sized and the animals seemed well cared for. It's always hard to see animals in captivity, but then again, we don't know the situation. It's quite likely many of these are rescues from zoos that closed, etc., and could not survive in the wild.
Later in the day, I came upon some laminated cards in the middle of the trail each with some tidbit about ecology and the environment. They were for a school outing of the Outdoor Science School. Middle school aged children were on a "solo" day hike, sent off on the trail in timed intervals for a short hike with pack. I stopped and talked with each child as they passed and answered their questions about the PCT.
There was an amazing cache provided by the Big Bear Hostel, full of sodas, cookies, candies, and water. Stumbling Goat, Thumper, Thomas, Spidey, No Amp and I all enjoyed this unexpected delight high up on the trail. It was hard to pull away.

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