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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.

Maps
PCT Pocket Maps - the most current PCT maps available!
Pacific Crest Trail Google Map - trail trace, mileages, elevations, resupply, etc.
JMT Map & Data Book - Free online map set and data book (available in PDF).
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

Did You See Wild Yet?
stillroaming - Sat, Dec 20, 2014
Sooo, I went and saw the movie last night. It was very well done, albeit very dark. Definitely an 'R' rating, not for the family...

2015 CDT Map Set & Data Book Available Now!
postholer - Mon, Dec 8, 2014
The first, complete, free CDT map set and data book are finished and available. This is the only free map set available that fol...

Re: CDT Data Book & Elev Charts (free)
postholer - Wed, Dec 3, 2014
The CDT data book is now available as a free 143 page PDF file. Go to the page to download it. -postholer...

Arizona Trail To Great Divide Trail
Richard K Jones - Wed, Dec 3, 2014
I'm very interested in hiking the Utah section of the AZT to GDT; however in searching for journals or written reports about thi...

CDT Data Book & Elev Charts (free)
postholer - Tue, Dec 2, 2014
Over the last week I've been putting together the data book and elevation charts so I can finalize the CDT maps. Finally, it's...

Re: Don't Go WILD!!!
HikeOfALifetime - Mon, Dec 1, 2014
Nice to see the movie getting a bunch of good reviews already... hope it at least inspires more people to get out of the office ...

Re: When To Hike?
stillroaming - Tue, Nov 18, 2014
You want to leave June 1st and you have 71 days. Say you want to average 15 miles a day, that excludes averaging in zero days, i...

When To Hike?
kelsoaasness22 - Tue, Nov 18, 2014
Hello! I am looking for some advice from those who are experienced in PCT hiking conditions. My friend and I are planning to hi...

CDT Map Project (free)
postholer - Fri, Nov 7, 2014
Now that accurate data of the CDT has become more available, it's time we took a serious pass at creating a set of free maps for...

Recent Journal Entrys

Gear Ponderings
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PCT - limigibri - Sat, Dec 20, 2014
Fortunately, I have the majority of my gear in place already. I could hit the trail with what I've got, but, inevitably, I am th...
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PCT - cascade_eric - Sat, Dec 20, 2014
Hey ya'll, I'm excited to get going on the PCT this spring, yet there is still a winter to weather before my trip begins. I have...
Shuttle
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AT - jimmyjam - Thu, Dec 18, 2014
So I have my shuttle arranged for an April 1 start from the NOC. A nice challenging start with a 6.7 mile straight up the mounta...
Journal Entry
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AT - Gorp-Gobbler - Thu, Dec 18, 2014
Sorry I've not been keeping this journal updated, for those of you that have been reading it, if in deed there is anyone rea...
Walking The Path
GHT - maddog murph - Wed, Dec 17, 2014
Today I'm nearly completely prepared for my trip to Mt. Rainier in January, one of my training trips for Nepal. Hyperlite's (hyp...
Winter Reading
PCT - KimH - Mon, Dec 15, 2014
If anyone is looking for a book to get their hiking literature fix during the winter, I recommend "Hold For Hiker Trash," by K.M...
Why
PCT - somendn - Fri, Dec 12, 2014
Osiyo The number one question and the most difficult to explain about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is WHY? For me its be...
Promises Promises
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PCT - KatScratch - Thu, Dec 11, 2014
I spent two hours in REI on Tuesday just chatting with the workers about gear. My uncle Tony is amazing and got SWEET knives for...
Research And Planning
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PCT - perrybros - Wed, Dec 10, 2014
I've been busy researching the trail and preparing my gear. Those little sew/repair jobs really do provide a sense of accomplish...
Pre-trip Planning
GET - ryandax - Thu, Dec 4, 2014
Just decided a few weeks ago that I want to hike the Grand Enchantment trail (G.E.T.) The idea came while brainstorming what to ...
Major Gear Items
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PCT - larrenmerriman - Wed, Dec 3, 2014
OK - let's talk about gear. I've made a few entries on the gear list page, all of them things I already own & use, and am consid...
Final Decision
PCT - hikerlulu - Mon, Dec 1, 2014
I have been dreaming of doing this trail for almost 5 years and 2015 is finally the year I am going to accept the challenge. I c...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

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Miner - AT - Oct 5, 2012 - The Lookout
I got up and was packed by 7:40am. The thru-hiker had already left though I passed him after 2 miles and never saw him again. Wierd since he had been talking about possibly going 21 miles to the 2nd shelter since the next one was only 11.6 miles. The terrain is full of old rock walls that use to be the boundary between neighboring farms back when the state was first settled more then 200 years ago. The terrain is also much harder then the elevation profiles show. There is alot, and I mean alot, of up and downs today. The trail is essentially moving west to get over to the Green Mountains so we are crossing the grain so to speak, since the mountains ridges run north and south. I crossed the edge of several farms and pastures since there is alot of private property through here until I make it to the Green Mtn NF and the Long Trail. Some of the fields are mud holes and its impossible to keep your shoes dry for the entire day.After about 14 miles, as I was walking along an old forest road that is growing over, the trail veers off but the road continues up the hill. A sign points up to the Lookout viewing point at the top of the hill (with a private cabin) so I walk the extra distance to check it out. It's a really nice cabin with a viewing platform built on the roof with a slanted ladder access up the side of the cabin. The owner has spent the past summer redoing it and it shows. It still lacks new siding as tyvek is covering the outside walls, but the log book inside says that it will have to wait until spring as he is done working on it for the year (dated a few days ago). Due to the partial sunshine that was shining through the windows, the inside is really warm so i decide to sleep here for the night instead of pushing on the last 4 miles I had planned. I did so since the forecast was for rain in the morning and I was originally going to camp out and because my leg was bothering me, probably due to the fast pace I pushed out of Hanover yesterday and the heavy food load. I carried far too much food out of town. Even though the northern end of Vermont has plenty of resupply options, since I bought food blindly in Hanover, I won't have to resupply until Manchester Center much further south. After watching the sunset from the view platform on the roof and seeing rain clouds in the distance, I went back inside to sleep. It was nice and warm inside with the usual mouse running around. But this is the first night that wet shoes have actually dried overnight which never happens in the shelters.

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