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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.
Gear Lists - See sample gear lists of those that walked the walk.
Plans - Itineraries, resupply locations as used by hikers.
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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

Reference
Data Book - Old onLine version
Elevation Profiles - Elevation profiles
Photo Atlas - 7,000+ flora and landscape photos geo-referenced.

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

Trail Conditions
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

Re: Which Pack To Use?
stillroaming - Mon, Apr 20, 2015
5 lbs vs 1 lbs. Not really a choice! There's no way I would *ever* use a 5 lb pack, ever. Over the last 10 years I've used a 19...

Which Pack To Use?
Darthkev - Mon, Apr 20, 2015
I am starting PCT in a couple of weeks. I normally backpack with Osprey Aether (5lbs) but purchased a Golite Jam (1lb). Rest of ...

Section N
FIG - Sun, Apr 19, 2015
The trail in Lassen Park has a lot of trees on the trail. One 2.6 mile stretch had more than 260 trees that most of them you co...

Re: Class Of 2015
Lucky_Man - Sat, Apr 18, 2015
I'm doing a section southbound starting late July 21 or early July 22 from I-80 near Truckee and heading to Walker Pass, Highway...

Re: Worried About My Knees
jwohlhueter - Sat, Apr 18, 2015
Recently retired and turned 65. PCT has always been a dream and now I have the time. I am concerned about long term health affec...

Re: Organizing A Group For Early May 2015
Rover - Tue, Apr 14, 2015
Wow, doesn't look like you got any responses so maybe this isn't the right forum. As any rate, I am heading out April 25th but ...

Re: Worried About My Knees
jgar15 - Tue, Apr 14, 2015
I have hiked the trail and would say that from your description of what bothers you, that you will probably be ok. My dad hiked ...

Re: Worried About My Knees
atbaritone - Sun, Apr 12, 2015
I can't speak for the entire trail, having backpacked only the JMT, but I distinctly remember the JMT section having many tall s...

Looking For An Old Friend
Ron - Sat, Apr 11, 2015
Our group lost contact with one of the Gang. His trail name is TARIGO. He section hiked with us from Rock Fish Gap, VA to the to...

Another Bounce Box Question
Sundown - Fri, Apr 10, 2015
I have done the bounce box before on the AT and the PCT, I have also noticed that some of the PO's on the AT get put out with it...

Worried About My Knees
dcplagens - Wed, Apr 8, 2015
I have arthritis in both knees and am worried about steps along the PCT. Smooth trail is fine (even when steep), but lots of ste...

Re: Bounce Box?
stillroaming - Sat, Apr 4, 2015
5 gallon buckets are fairly popular, but not very roomy. I prefer a rugged plastic storage box large enough for an ice axe, seal...

Recent Journal Entrys

Warner Springs
PCT - spectrum - Today
Compared to the previous day, this was an easy day. Relatively cool weather and wasn't much elevation gain. And the scenery ...
Surprise!
PCT - sawtooth - Today
Left at 6 am this morning to begin long march down to the desert floor. The trail at this point just dive bombs down, and combin...
Day 2 - Crampton Gap
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AT - CodeWalker - Today
(This is a rough draft entry. When I have a better internet connection I will fix the page formatting and upload some pictures.)...
Maildrop Locations ForFamily And Friends To Use.
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PCT - blazingstar08 - Today
Hello dear friends and family. Thnk you to all of you that have expressed interest in sending me something along the way. Below ...
Day 17: Delightful Holcomb Creek
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PCT - d-c-nelson - Yesterday
My tarp did keep me warmer, but taking it down makes me slower breaking camp so I started hiking at 7:20 with the others, who ha...
Day 13
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PCT - stewart50 - Yesterday
Took the Idyllwild Inn shuttle to the Devils Slide trail head and hit the trailat 8.30am. This was certainly the toughest days w...
Ladies' Night
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AT - kes - Yesterday
First 20 mile day. Started the day in a little rain, and it got progressively worse. Crossed Max Patch Mtn. early on, and it was...
Coming Into Idyllwild
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PCT - home2020 - Yesterday
We hiked up the long hill in the shade of evening and made camp near the water cache. The women who were out of water were hangi...
Almost There
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PCT - Russell - Yesterday
Lots of effort have gone into the last 48 hours. Packs have been packed and re-packed. My total pack weight, less one can of fue...
Preparation
CDT - CiscoCombs - Yesterday
Cisco and Roadrunner preparing for two months on the Continental Divide Trail. Starting May 21 out of Lordsburg, New Mexico, at ...
On My Way!
PCT - Rich Brinkman - Yesterday
I am now in the Seattle airport trying to relax a little before the flight to San Diego. I can't believe I start the hike tomorr...
Getting Close
PCT - maxmontano - Yesterday
Well in two weeks my brother-in-law and I fly to San Diego to start our attempt at the PCT. Its hard to believe that something I...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

AT photo

Entering the town of Port Clinton

Reboot or 5 Star - AT - Jul 12, 2014 - Nearo In Port Clinton/Hamburg
I got up at the normal time today and was on the trail by about 730. Just before I got ready to go I was pleased to see J Rex walk by. Apparently she had to get to the post office too. I yelled out to her hello from my camp and laughed and told her in advance thanks for breaking all the spider webs. That is the one bad thing about starting early on this trail. The first one out has to walk through all the spider webs.
The trail into town was much more of the same from yesterday. There were nice parts followed by rocky sections and then very overgrown sections. There seemed to be a nice rhythm of one into the other. Every time I became frustrated with the rocks or the brush the trail would get nice again just in time to save my sanity. The whopping 4.4 miles into town ended with a bang though via a very steep downhill section. I think the last half mile or so was the steepest downhill section of the entire trail. My quads were talking to me by the time I reached the bottom.
I got to the post office with about an hour to spare. I picked up my bounce box and grabbed what I needed before mailing it off again to the next town. Then it was on to Hamburg for a good nearo day in town.
I spent the rest of the day running around like crazy. I grabbed some lunch, went to the huge Cabellas for a few supply items, went to Walmart to resupply on food, and took my old phone that was sent to me from home (thanks mom!) into Verizon to switch it out for the non-charging piece if junk I have been relying on for the past few weeks. Hopefully my phone (and camera) issue will be resolved going forward.
I checked into the motel tonight completely exhausted. I spent as much time as I could updating the blog and catching up on emails before passing out. It is amazing how far behind you can get when the phone doesn't work for a week or two.

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