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Planning Synopsis - A short and simple hike planning guide.
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Gear Lists - See sample gear lists of those that walked the walk.
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Google Map - trail trace, mileages, elevations, resupply, etc.
JMT Maps & Data Book - Free online map set and data book (available in PDF).
Earthquake Maps - Recent earthquakes along the trail

Data Book - Most current PCT databook
Elevation Profiles - Elevation profiles
Photo Atlas - 7,000+ flora and landscape photos geo-referenced.

News - News specific to the trail
Report Bikes on the PCT - Document bike encounters long the PCT

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Fire Perimeters - Interactive map of active fire perimeters.
Snow Conditions - Current and historical conditions. Weather, too!
Snow Depth - daily update of NOAA snow depth map.

Recent Forum Posts

Echo Lake Resort No Longer Accepts Resupply Pkgs
postholer - Thu, Aug 13, 2015
As of October 1st 2015, Echo Lake Resort will no longer accept resupply packages. You will need to send your resupply to the P....

Re: Kennedy Meadows To Campo In Winter?
jfulgham - Wed, Jul 29, 2015
Thank you for the information. I'm currently working 12 hours a day, 6 days a week. It doesn't leave a lot of time for researc...

Re: Kennedy Meadows To Campo In Winter?
postholer - Tue, Jul 28, 2015
Ok, I'll do your homework for you. In January, in SoCal, during a normal winter, you will have a tough time finding a long exte...

Re: Kennedy Meadows To Campo In Winter?
jfulgham - Tue, Jul 28, 2015
If I wanted to do a southbound winter hike on the PCT to Campo, what is a safe point to start from in January? I am into advent...

Re: Kennedy Meadows To Campo In Winter?
postholer - Tue, Jul 28, 2015
Is it doable? Yes. KM to Campo is 700 miles. Hundreds of miles would be in winter time snow conditions. KM is closed during win...

Kennedy Meadows To Campo In Winter?
jfulgham - Mon, Jul 27, 2015
Hello. I am interested in making a southbound hike in January and February. I am not familiar with weather and elevation yet on...

Re: Water Availability - North Cascades
LaGrangePoints5 - Thu, Jul 23, 2015
I was on a brief hike north from Harts Pass last week, and the first water north was pretty good at Tamarack Peak. I ran into a...

Start Date - Kennedy Meadows
Button - Thu, Jul 23, 2015
Hello - just after some advice from hikers of the PCT... If I was interested in doing a partial PCT hike from Kennedy Meadows t...

Water Availability - North Cascades
57over170 - Wed, Jul 22, 2015
We've been tracking the snow melt in the North Cascades and see that snow pack is way down from 30yr average. There's an alert f...

Re: Lift To Harts Pass ?
LaGrangePoints5 - Fri, Jul 17, 2015
Yes, that is reasonable. From the Mt. Vernon bus station, you can easily get a Skagit transit bus to Concrete. There are stores...

Recent Journal Entrys

Out Of The Park
CDT - Jellybean - Today
WINDY! Took the shuttle back up to Gunsight Pass to continue the road walk around the Reynold's fire. The wind was blowing me off the road. The road was barely wide enough for two cars to pass...
ZERO In Dubois, WY
CDT - Voyageur - Today
Had a nice Omlet and hash browns breakfast up the road. Did my grocery shopping to get to Pinedale. Wrote journal and other stuff. Nice zero. Relaxing.5 days hiking to Pinedale. Sould be there...
Birthday Boss
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CDT - jgregory - Today
Here is how I spent my 35th birthday, on August 22nd... -Woke up in the home of one of the most well respected AIDS doctors in the southwest, in the most luxuriant bed I've slept in since I'v...
Past Twin Lakes To North Of Squaw Pass
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CDT - Jo - Today
August 1. It rained all night, but we all slept pretty well. It took us a long time to get ready in spite of getting up at 5:15. Everything was wet and miserable but we ate inside the tent for...
Beautiful Day
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AT - chaseat99 - Yesterday
Nice quite camp lady night. Elf said he saw a bear walk past my tent. A couple of times I thought I heard something and would remove my ear phones and listen a bit. Then I would go back to Aro...
Day 23
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PCT - higherg1 - Yesterday
On the trail at 7:20 is not exactly the early start I was looking for but I needed the sleep to. It was a much cooler morning and it made the hiking go by faster. The views today were really g...
Day 149: A Zero At White Pass
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PCT - d-c-nelson - Yesterday
The day was spent relaxing, eating, and sorting food for upcoming Section I, which is 98.3 miles long and climbs an average of 182 feet per mile, the least climbing of any Washington section. ...
Temp Entry
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PCT - tpotter - Yesterday
Temp Update: I am taking a zero day in Snoqualmie Pass today. Trying to figure out what to do about the fire closure up north before I head out. Also skipping some of the rain while I hang out...
Taking A Few Rainy Days Off In Seattle
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PCT - maxmontano - Yesterday
Well after arriving in Snoqualmie pass and looking at the weather we decided to try to avoid the oncoming rainstorm by taking a few days off the trail. Saturday in particular was supposed to h...
Can't He Make Up His D--N Mind?
CT - Atticus - Fri, Aug 28, 2015
So, I walked out the door today set to walk back up the trail. Legs felt good, feet felt good, and the weather was great. And then, almost immediately upon setting foot on the trail, I realize...
Hiking Toward Trout Lake.
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PCT - blazingstar08 - Fri, Aug 28, 2015
Just a quick mid morning post. I'm sitting on a log next to the trail, waiting for Tracey and Katie to catch up, and taking advantage of some rare cell coverage here. So far, this very unusual...
In Which I Bring The Hike To An Inconclusive Con
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PNT - markdavis - Thu, Aug 27, 2015
I rose in the dark and left at first light without even eating my granola. I wanted to get to the ferry to Port Townsend by midafternoon so I would have time to get to the post office and forw...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

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Mountain plants play with desert plants

John Deer - PCT - Apr 25, 2009 - Into The San Jacintos
The wind howled last night - no that was not me. It was howling in the morning with low overcast, almost fog. For the first half of the day, I was still in or very close to the Anza Borrego (sp?) State Park. There was a long steady climb with views toward Anza with houses dotted here and there.

I dropped over a saddle and down to the Pines to Palms Highway and one mile to the Paradise Cafe. I did not need water so I fought the urge for the Jose burger even though I have been obsessing about it for days.

Almost immediately north of the highway, pine trees started to play with the desert plants and the granite boulder formations were, well not orgasmic, but very nice. The trail dropped down into Penrod Canyon so I looked at the guide book. Hmmmm? Camp early without water? Camp late with water? There was a 1000 feet of gain in 3 to 4 miles to get water. Click on the latitude/longitude link to see my decision. Hint: Penrod Canyon has great tree shade and dynamiet boulder formations.

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