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Resources for the Pacific Crest Trail

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

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

Tahoe Yosemite Trail Information
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OTHER - Miner - Yesterday
I spent some time typing up some information for anyone considering hiking the Tahoe Yosemite Trail including some of the logist...
Why I Continue To Hike
HT - pinky - Sat, Oct 18, 2014
The terrain is tougher and more remote but the rewards are worth the efforts. Full journal entry here...http://www.adventuringal...
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 ...
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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...
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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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Space Cowboy - PCT - Jun 15, 2007 - Yeeha, Kennedy Meadows
We really pushed it today to reach Kennedy Meadows and it's been well worth it! It isn't the green meadow we were expecting. The floor is covered in sagebrush and other desert scrub, but there are pine trees for shade and the surronding hills make a great backdrop to spend the next couple of days. I did my welcome to Kennedy Meadows dance that Jason recorded with our camera. He'd like to post it here, but I've threatened him and he's scared of me. ;-)
We made it into the campground just before dark and ran into some hikers we hadn't seen for a couple weeks. They led us to Meadow Ed, a hiker and trail angel, who made us tuna sandwiches and let us camp at his spot. It seems he does this every year at the same time for two to three weeks. It was lovely to have a real fire in a pit on the site. We danced around it a bit while Stomper in his fairly strong French-Canadian accent sang a song with his pants pulled up high over his waist. Laughing that hard should happen at least once a day.
Yay!!!!!! Kennedy Meadows. The "official" end of the Southern California desert and the beginning of the Sierras. We had only planned to make it to the Kern River, but instead were able to push the whole day through. I'll tell you how in a moment. It involves Vitamin I.
We started the day with a 2000' climb over 6 miles. Knowing that this was going to be a long haul, I started slowly and paced myself. About half way through we stopped at Fox Mill Spring to water up (coming from the stream below I climbed the first 1000' without water in order to make it easier). It was a very pretty spring and I suspect that it is what was feeding the stream below since they were both about the same size. Above the spring, the remains of an old structure was sliding down the hill. I think it might be the mill, but I have no way of knowing. Maybe I can look it up sometime later.
As we approached the top of the ridge, the pine forest suddenly gave way and we were in the massive burn that we had read was coming in the guidebook. It was as ugly as we expected and, knowing that if the day was too hot we would have to stop, we pushed on to the top. There I waited for Angie to show up and, with my feet beginning to hurt, took my first dose of Vitamin I (as it is known in hiker circles) of the entire trip. Vitamin I is ibuprofin.
The results were incredible. The foot pain dimmed to a dull memory. Maybe this has been the secret of the big mileage hikers this entire time.
My energy levels were good and after lunch, we climbed down and then over slightly rolling hills. Through the burn, we made our way to Kern River. This is by far the most water we've seen since Deep Creek. It looked so inviting, but it was still early in the evening and we knew at that point we could make it to Kennedy Meadows if we kept going. So we kept going.
And here we are, 705 miles into our journey. I'm incredibly happy to be here, but I'm also very tired. So I'll leave some more commentary for later.

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