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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

Re: Water And Rain In High Sierra In August
FUnprepared - Tue, Jul 22, 2014 bet! Typically the T-Storms stop building after sunset. But occassionally you have them through the night. ...

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...

Recent Journal Entrys

Prep Day
PCT - Team DUST - Yesterday
Just a short pre-trip entry here in order to set up this journal, so my apologies for both the brevity and the rushed style; thi...
Grand Lake
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CDT - Jo - Yesterday
Reports of an approaching major storm and just feeling the need for a rest day, we decided to stay an extra day in Grand Lake. A...
Crater Lake
PCT - swade - Yesterday
12 miles today I spent most of the day sitting on the rim of crater lake. It was amazing. The water is an incredible blue. Most ...
On The Trail Again
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AT - grimtongue - Yesterday
OK. We're out of the city for good this time! At least I hope, the milage monster is starving. The ever so gracious Jovena dropp...
Journal Clean Up
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PCT - surforcycle - Yesterday
Still attempting to solve issues to get back on trail. This year looks questionable. May have to continue next season. Hoping fo...
Back To Trail
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PCT - vickiclift - Yesterday
Just lost a long post to the ether so just a short update now. All is safe at home and the irrigation is working so I am happy a...
Steamboat To Rawlins
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CDT - Sarah Fontaine - Mon, Jul 28, 2014
We crossed the Wyoming border and are about halfway through the trail! It's interesting to observe, as we go north, the tree...
Stuart Falls
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PCT - Kevin Taylor - Mon, Jul 28, 2014
Slow start today, Val had a blister we had to work on. Clear and sunny weather and not many Mosquitos! We walked mostly along a ...
Push The Reset Button
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CT - UberBitch - Mon, Jul 28, 2014
We somehow managed to turn a 4 1/2 day section into a 4 and two one half day section?? I'm still trying to figure out how that h...
Rest Day
AT - DblR - Mon, Jul 28, 2014
Day 141 - About the time to get up the rain started coming down in buckets. Tried to wait for it to let up so I ended up taking ...
Timberline Lodge
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PCT - tnx4asking - Mon, Jul 28, 2014
First and foremost, I would encourage everyone to goback to July 5th to see the pictures that have finally been posted. We have ...
Gear Breakdown
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PCT - slinging bull - Mon, Jul 28, 2014
Well, so my base weight seems to be right around 12 pounds. 8.5% of my bodyweight. which is about right.------- 5/4 lb - My pack...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

PCT photo

Brown Mt Shelter

Elderly Ellen - PCT - Aug 17, 2011 - A Day Of Roads
We said goodbye to our luxury campsite this morning before any of the
regular campers were up.
We expected today to be a repeat of yesterday, with mostly forest hiking.
We climbed away from Hyatt Lake, dropped down to circle Howard Prairie Lake,
and crossed many roads. Yeahbut actually kept count: 24 gravel/asphalt road
crossings plus 8 logging road crossings! That's 32 road encounters in 21
We got water at the 'polluted' outlet of Howard Prairie Lake. There was
actually a seep that looked OK. We added extra treatment to it. None of my
sources say what the problem is with the it microbial?
chemical? Well, we had a potentially long dry spell, so we loaded up with
this stuff (we eventually replaced it with water from a better source).
Leaving Howard Prairie Lake, we began a sustained climb that seemed to last
?8 miles. Not steep, but unending. We circled Old Baldy Peak then dropped
down to Dead Indian Memorial Highway. We'd run into some thrus today, and
spent some time chatting with each (Drop Dead, Lafonda, Eurotrash, Meow Meow
and her husband, and another woman). They kept us entertained.
At the highway crossing, there was a biking couple. We needed a break and
so did they, so we spent about a half hour chatting about our different
trips. We only had a couple more miles to reach the shelter and water, so
we could take our time.
The shelter probably serves cross country skiiers more than hikers. It is a
sturdy, compact log building, with platforms for beds and a wood burning
stove. After inspecting it, we ate outside at the picnic table and set up
our tent. Much better to sleep out under the stars.

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