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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 - Sun, Oct 19, 2014
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

CDT photo

Mangus Mtn Sunset

Cheers! - CDT - May 16, 2007 - Pie Town, NM
When referring to the CDT, my friend Dlow says, "Embrace the brutality." This week I embraced it.

I knew I was setting an aggressive pace in hiking 120+ miles to Pie Town in 5 days, and this trail does not take kindly to such aggression. I am cutting back to 20 miles a day.

I took the Wolf/Meadows route out of Doc Campbell's which cut the number of Gila River fords from over 100 to about 75. I bypassed Jordan Hot Springs, which wasn't much of a loss since the temperature in the river canyon was in the mid-80's until the afternoon thundershowers hit.

Thundershowers...It has been an unusually wet and cold spring in New Mexico. For the past 8 days the skies begin rumbling around 1:00 pm, and the rain varies from a light sprinkle to a good soaker until sunset.

The sandy soil usually absorbs all the moisture over night, and everything is dry for a few hours in the morning.

Navigation is taking a lot of time. A few goofs added about 7 or 8 bonus miles not shown in the mileage for this section.

My mantra on solo backpacking used to be, "I only hike on well used trails and never leave the trail." The CDT has changed that by necessity. Yesterday I aparently missed a turn and wound up 2 or 3 miles west of where I wanted to be. Rather than backtrack untold miles, I set out cross-country going east. I found a good fence line to walk, found some water, and eventually found the road I wanted.

Just when I think I must be the worst navigator out here, I find several pairs of footprints along my cross-country bushwack. Given the recent rain, the tracks were probably only two days old.

Monday was a fun time. About 300 yards down trail on Monday I found Red & Gary waking up. They had hiked most of the PCT last year, and are section hiking to Silveron, Colorado on the CDT this year before returning to Washngton state to finish the PCT.

Later in the afternoon when running to cross a valley during thunderstorm, I met Hawkeye from Telluride, Colorado. While Hawkeye and I were seeking refuge from the rain, we ran into a couple from Denver who were southbound on a section hike to Silver City. I met 5 hikers in one day!

High points are always fun. I pushed on to the top of Mangus Mountain on Monday night in hopes of sleeping in the firetower since the thunderstorms had moved out. The tower was locked, but the sunset was worth the hike.

Yesterday on the long gravel road walk to Pie Town, I began to experience the best in rural New Mexico hospitality. Rarely did a vehicle pass that did not stop and offer me a ride to town. Several pickup drivers stopped to chat and give reports on other hikers.

Once the afternoon thunderstorms started raining on me, drivers traveling the other direction offered to give me a ride into town. I would assure them I was fine. I had my raingear on, and I had music jamming in my headphones.

Once in town I found my Montrail Hardrock shoes to be loosing their tread. Whie returning from the payphone, I met a local resident who was a home & bar builder. When I told him I was looking for some glue (The nearest store is 30 miles away.), he pulled out a half dozen choices for me. I was also invited over for a hot shower.

After breakfast at the Daily Pie Cafe (with peanut butter pie al a mode), picking up my resupply box and mail, I will be heading north to Grants.


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