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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

2nd Edition Colorado Trail Map Book
postholer - Fri, Jul 18, 2014 now available! While you still get the same great look and feel, the style and fonts have changed to a much cleaner look....

Re: Kennedy Meadows Outgoing Mail
Miner - Fri, Jul 18, 2014
Back in 2009, I was able to mail out a box from the store. Though I used a flat rate priority box which made calculating the po...

Kennedy Meadows Outgoing Mail
cbliss10 - Fri, Jul 18, 2014
So I've begun planning my 2015 PCT thru hike supply drops and I am having some trouble at Kennedy Meadows. Being the start of t...

Re: Bikes On The Pacific Crest Trail
TheDane - Fri, Jul 18, 2014
Not sure this is the right place to post about a bike encounter, but best I could find Met southbound mountain bike at PCT mil...

Re: Hammock In High Sierra In August?
FUnprepared - Thu, Jul 17, 2014
Absolutely perfect answer, thank you! I will take an ultralight tent and a 200 g hammock just for the case of pleasant nights am...

Re: Hammock In High Sierra In August?
Miner - Wed, Jul 16, 2014
To use a hammock, you'll have to modify your daily mileage to insure that you are always below tree line at night. I would hate...

Re: Water And Rain In High Sierra In August
stillroaming - Wed, Jul 16, 2014 bet! Typically the T-Storms stop building after sunset. But occassionally you have them through the night. ...

Re: Water And Rain In High Sierra In August
FUnprepared - Wed, Jul 16, 2014
One more question - does it sometimes rain at night as well? I mean, when the sky is clear in the evening, you sleep without a t...

Hammock In High Sierra In August?
FUnprepared - Wed, Jul 16, 2014
When I hear, how many people are walking through high Sierra and do not even use a tent, I will ask a question - did you see any...

Re: Water And Rain In High Sierra In August
FUnprepared - Tue, Jul 15, 2014
I've been backpacking in the Sierra Nevada with a down sleeping bag for over 20 years. Never had any issues keeping it dry. I ...

Re: Water And Rain In High Sierra In August
FUnprepared - Tue, Jul 15, 2014
It can be extremely dry between Walker Pass and your first encounter with the Kern River. As for weather you can expect thunder...

Cheers To The Mt. Hood Chapter
North 350 Blades - Tue, Jul 15, 2014
Posted by the Mt. Hood Chapter on their Facebook Page on Sunday the 13th of July: "Mt. Hood Chapter PCTA ran 9 work partie...

Recent Journal Entrys

Marshes And Wetlands
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AT - mattlessner - Yesterday
I spent much of the day today hiking through some neat wetlands and marshes in between some relatively big hill climbs. The high...
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PCT - SlowBro - Yesterday
With only 9 miles to go ( 8 trail miles & 1 mile shortcut to Callahan's) it was an easy hike. At least I thought it would be. Bu...
Ashland Zero
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PCT - Kevin Taylor - Yesterday
Today was mostly about resupply. I have a lot to do, about 7 packages with 17 days food for 2 people, then 2 more with 6 days fo...
Park Camping
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AT - grimtongue - Yesterday
Well this half day just turned into a zero I guess. The original plan was to hike out from Lott rd where we got picked up but wh...
Gear List
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PCT - Brad Franke - Yesterday
I have posted my gear list, minus the clothing I will be wearing. While I like to go lightweight as much as possible, I also tak...
Echo Lake
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PCT - vickiclift - Yesterday
Wow. What a time I have had. Fell in a little creek and dunked my phone. Nothing but pride and the phone damaged but all contact...
In Town Again
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AT - chaseat99 - Yesterday
I love the History channel with Ancient Alien's being a favorite. I slept very well and it did not rain an anymore last night. I...
Preliminary Itinerary Nearly Complete
PCT - cbliss10 - Yesterday
I'm almost finished with a preliminary itinerary that matches my hiking style that I will have about 8 months to polish. My reas...
July 20 - PCT Midpoint Top Drakesbad
PCT - Silkies - Sun, Jul 20, 2014
Slow hiking day. Lots of breaks. Took 2 hours for breakfast and 2 hours for lunch. Nice river to clean clothes in at the lunch s...
Leaving Seiad Valley
PCT - swade - Sun, Jul 20, 2014
20 miles today I took some shoes out of the hiker box because my new style of shoe was not working. The shoes seemed to work a l...
More Mosquitos
AT - DblR - Sun, Jul 20, 2014
Day 133 - Started raining early this morning and I didn't have to go too far so I laid in the tent for a while waiting for thing...
Grand Lake To Steamboat
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CDT - Sarah Fontaine - Sat, Jul 19, 2014
This is our last town stop in Colorado, with about 60 miles to the Wyoming border! Almost halfway through the trail and feeling ...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

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Waterfall at Mt. Moosilauke

Split & Two step - AT - Jul 23, 2012 - Day 35 - Goodbye Whites, Trail Mile 397.9
Knowing that we would have to wait for the Post Office to open at 9:30, we had a leisurely breakfast. The Wilderness Inn B&B was hosting a full house of about 21 guests from the US (even as far as California!), Germany, and Denmark. Their breakfast started with home made peach muffins with strawberry jelly, a fresh fruit bowl, orange juice, and tea. There was then a selection of main entrees, and Becky and I both opted for both the omelette and a stack of 5 blueberry pancakes, with maple, apple, and cranberry syrup options. All the guests seemed quite content, and we were prepared for the last of the White Mountains, Mt. Moosilauke. After sorting food and packing it away for our next four day period on the trail before our next resupply in Hanover NH, we were standing at the only stoplight in North Woodstock attempting to hitch to the trail at 10:30am. After 10 minutes with lots of traffic, but no luck, I was getting ready to call a local, if somewhat unreliable, shuttle company, when a truck stopped. Running to see if we had a ride, we were greeted by a man named Chris, who could barely talk. We eventually made out that he had just come from the dentist and oral surgery, but was a hiker himself and knew exactly were the trail head was located. Jumping in the back of his truck, we were at the trailhead in 10 minutes, and Chris refused to accept any compensation for the ride. Good people and trail magic combined. We started up the mountain at 11am, our latest start ever with a forecast for severe thunderstorms, but we were excited to be doing the last of the White Mountains, and finishing the most difficult two parts of the trail, Maine and the NH White Mountains! The trail was 3000ft straight up, and we had been told by northbound hikers (NOBOs) that this was the most difficult and steep hill they had yet encountered. It was very steep, but unlike past hills we had had to climb up using roots, trees, and whatever rock features were available, almost every step had either rough rock stairs, wooden steps attached to the rock, or metal brackets to pull ourselves up. We summited just under 3 hours later (picture). At the top we met a recent college grad who was working for the Dartmouth Outing Club, the organization that maintains this section of the path. (Aside: Mom, she was an Alpha Xi Delta). She took our picture and gave us some pertinent information on the trail. We ate lunch with Jay and Shilo and Jeff (now 3 week hiking companions), then started down 3500 ft. The first 1500 ft was steep and rocky and tough on our knees, but then the path's grade was reduced, and we made great time to our shelter, completing our short 8.4 mile day before 5pm. There was time to visit with Jay and Shilo, and Jeff, as well as two NOBOs. Tomorrow we are planning some serious miles. Note: While excitedly hiking up the last of the White Mtns., Becky and I thought we needed a theme song - so we composed one. With apologies to Helen Reddy, and to the tune of "I am woman"... Definitions (for those who have not been paying attention to the vernacular):
MEGA- Maine (ME) to Georgia (GA)
SOBO- Southbound AT hiker
Springer Mt. - the terminus of the trail for SOBOs Theme song:
I am SOBO, head to toe,
Maine to Georgia, watch me go,
Set to hike the AT to the end.
Fourteen states are in a row,
And there's a long long way to go,
Till I reach Springer Mountain in the Southern Lands.

Yes I am wise, but it's wisdom born of pain.
Yes I've paid the price, but look how much I've gained.
I am MEGA, I can do anything!
I am strong, I'm invincible.
I am SOBO!

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