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Resources for the Pacific Crest Trail

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

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...

Late Season In The PNW
North 350 Blades - Thu, Sep 18, 2014
Here it is mid September already. Since the last post on Aug 12, the North 350 Blades have been at it pretty hard. At that tim...

Re: Newbie Seeking Advice On Thru-hike By Flip-Flop
lacrose - Sat, Sep 13, 2014
This is a little late but as we've seen the So-Cal mountains have been deluged with monsoon rains in Aug. Will this help the wa...

Re: Anyone For A Swim?!
postholer - Tue, Sep 9, 2014
Thank the fine folks at the ATC and Maine AT Club for contracting a ferry service, free for hikers. You can read more about the...

Recent Journal Entrys

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...
The
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AT - Gorp-Gobbler - Sun, Oct 12, 2014
On August 20, 2014, I set out for a 30 Day Backpacking Trip on Ohio's long trail, "The Buckeye Trail". I was wanti...
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 ...
Vwhat?! It's Over? Summing Up....
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PCT - BigBro+LilSis - Tue, Oct 7, 2014
Ive been putting this off for a while The final PCT entry. In defense, today will literally be the first day that theres no more...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

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Anonymous Trail Angel

Magi - PCT - Apr 14, 2008 - Pioneer Mail Trailhead
Woke up around 0530 as per plan and we loaded up and were out of there by 0615. Granny Gear dropped us off just below where I stopped so there was no mileage lost for me. Walked approximately 10.1 miles with Rascal and JoJo from there to the Pioneer Mail Trailhead and Picnic Area.When we arrived I found out that Granny Gear and Nomad and decided to change the campsite to just above the area where we were, about 0.7 miles further up the trail. Granny Gear had wrapped all my stuff together willy nilly in my tent and piled it in the back of her minivan. We ended up piling it up, with my backpack, by the area parking lot to make room for me in the back for the ride back to the Mt. Laguna Post Office.So Granny Gear, JoJo, and myself were off back to Mt. Luguna. Upon arrival at the Mt. Laguna Post Office I recieved my supplies; bounced my ice axe and fleece vest to Anza (my best guess for the last supply stop before snow); shipped my non-neccesities home; called home; and bought goodies for the evening. Then we headed back to Pioneer Mail. When I got to Pioneer Mail I realized that i had misplaced one of my trail gloves and had to ask Granny Gear to take me back to Mt. Laguna. I know this was a strech and I told her so but she said she really didn't mind. Back at Mt. Laguna I found it in the garbage can with what I think was sunscreen all over it. After washing it out we were once again headed back to Pioneer Mail.At Pioneer Mail everybody was just about ready to head on up to the new campsite. I told them I might not join them as my left leg was hurting like a chin splint and was causing me really bad problems on the trail today. I told them that I was thinking about a zero day. Which I subsequently found to be being caused by my left gaiter being cenched too tightly. They told me that was fine that if i felt better I could join them later at the campsite. They then departed Pioneer Mail enmass.About this time I met a guy passing through named Tim. Tim knew me from my blog when I told him I was Magi. I ask him what his trailname was and he said that he hadn't picked one. That he hadn't picked one because he wanted to pick up a realtive one on the trail. I laughed at him and suggested that he should pick his own before he got pegged with a dorky one. We chatted awhile, had a photo opportunity, said our goodbyes, and then he hit the trail.After that I was totally alone at the Trailhead. I took the opportunity to perform hygine and wash my clothes out in the cistern there provided with non-potable water for horses. After that I felt much better. I repacked my backpack (now probally five pounds lighter) and headed up the hill at a pretty good clip about 1930.Along the way I met an elderly couple working their way down the trail which was actually an abandoned highway built into the side of the mountain. The husband did not stop but the wife chatted with me for a few moments. As the wind howled she told me that there had been an Indian village where the Trailhead now was and that they lived up here in the winter. She said that they were all killed in the Flu Pandemic of 1917 but that one of their ancestors still lived nearby. She said that her and her husband left gallon jugs of water at the cistern for the PCT'rs that came through. After our brief conversation we had a photo opportunity and then said our goodbyes.At the top I found several memorials to loved ones built into a large boulder. Attached to the boulder was what looked like a chimney but I could find no openings in it except at the top. I didn't get a chance to ask the Trail Angel. A place to light and scatter ashes on the wind? I set up camp, ate, and was in the sack by about 2130. The wind howled all night but it didn't bother me as much as last time at Kitchen Creek.   

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