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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 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.

Maps
PCT Pocket Maps - the most current PCT maps available!
Pacific Crest Trail Google Map - trail trace, mileages, elevations, resupply, etc.
JMT Map & Data Book - Free online map set and data book (available in PDF).
Fire Perimeters - Interactive map of active fire perimeters.
Earthquake Map - 30 day interactive earthquake map along the PCT.

Reference
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.

Miscellaneous
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: Class Of 2015
Sundown - Thu, Jan 29, 2015
Hi fellow hikers, I plan to be part of the PCT class of 2015. I hiked it 7 years ago and will be hiking it again this spring. ( ...

Re: FYI - Hiker Heaven Closing
Gary Schenk - Mon, Jan 26, 2015
The closing of HH is indeed a sad, sad day. I am in the 2015 group and feel like something has been taken away from the experien...

Re: FYI - Hiker Heaven Closing
enyapjr - Mon, Jan 26, 2015
Yes, something/someplace very special will not be available for 2015 & future hikers - but you will still find many special ...

Re: FYI - Hiker Heaven Closing
derail - Sun, Jan 25, 2015
The closing of HH is indeed a sad, sad day. I am in the 2015 group and feel like something has been taken away from the experien...

FYI - Hiker Heaven Closing
enyapjr - Sun, Jan 25, 2015
FYI - Hiker Heaven is closing... see <>... For those w/o Facebook, the following was posted on the "Pacific Crest T...

Re: Class Of 2015
bob39 - Sat, Jan 24, 2015
Going solo sobo starting at Cascade Locks starting May 23. You'll pass me, an old man walking. I'll save a Snickers for ya....

Re: Filmmaker Seeks Military Veterans Hiking In 2015
shakenbake - Sat, Jan 24, 2015
Thanks for contacting me Bob! I replied via email. Regards,Shake'nbake!...

Re: Filmmaker Seeks Military Veterans Hiking In 2015
bobncasey - Fri, Jan 23, 2015
Shakenbake. I am Vet and I plan to hike the CDT this year. I'll send you an email....

Re: VVR Near PCT Resupply At East Side Of Lake Ediso
Miner - Wed, Jan 21, 2015
At least this way you spare yourself an expensive bill when you leave VVR. In 2009, I resupplied over Kearsarge Pass and had en...

Re: Route Planning Advice?
Miner - Wed, Jan 21, 2015
Oregon will likely be burried in snow at that time. In high snow years, the trail was still buried in early July in Oregon. W...

Re: Route Planning Advice?
enyapjr - Tue, Jan 20, 2015
No reason to waste time & money skipping around - start at Campo and go as far as your time allows. The majority of thrus s...

Route Planning Advice?
buffalobass - Sat, Jan 17, 2015
Hey y'all, First time posting, hope it's in the right place. So, I'm able to be hiking from early May-early/mid Sept. I was th...

Recent Journal Entrys

Way Too Much Time Spent Planning
PCT - DJoseph2015 - Yesterday
I have had a lot of time to think and plan this trip in the last year and half. I have spent countless hours making a daily sche...
More Equipment
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AT - Gorp-Gobbler - Yesterday
Since it's rainy today, I thought I'd stay inside and update this journal with some more pictures of the equipment I'...
Amazing Day
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PCT - qsquest 15 - Tue, Jan 27, 2015
Yesterday was one of those January days that remind me spring isn't far away, sunny and 61 degrees. I didnt want to waste it so ...
Gear
AT - chaseat99 - Tue, Jan 27, 2015
A couple of people have asked for a gear list. Here is a summary. I am using a well worn ULA Catalyst back pack, when I no longe...
Road Walk In To St. Marks 24 Miles Start
FT - brianle - Sun, Jan 25, 2015
As planned, we did a road walk around the flooded Aucilla Sinks area. It really wasn't bad; good quality dirt road with esse...
FLipFlop/Head Start Kick Off
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AT - jimmyjam - Fri, Jan 23, 2015
I've tweaked my starting day so I can be in Harper's Ferry for the first FlipFlop Start Kick Off. Time seems to be crawling by n...
My Master Plan.......
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AT - StarMan - Wed, Jan 21, 2015
So This year's plan is to hit the trail on or about May 1, 2015Leg one: Marion/Atkins, VA to Harpers Ferry, VATake some comb...
How To Talk Like A PCT Hiker
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PCT - home2020 - Wed, Jan 21, 2015
Like any subculture, hiking has developed its own lingo. For friends and family unfamiliar with this language, here are some of ...
Moonshine And 2nd Rounds
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AT - BigBro+LilSis - Tue, Jan 20, 2015
Entry one of many more to come. It's still oober hard to believe this is real, Appalachia 2015. Pinch me, snap, crackle, and pop...
Pre Hike 4 Trail Names
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PCT - MonarchandWow - Tue, Jan 20, 2015
How, you may well ask, did we get our trail names? It started back at the beginning of this century when Monarch and I started &...
Mad Cows
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PCT - Calikota22 - Sun, Jan 18, 2015
Having gone to bed the night before by 7:00pm, I was awake and ready to go early at 4:30am. I got up, made some coffee, ate some...
The Trail
PCT - somendn - Fri, Jan 16, 2015
Osiyo The PCT is approx 2660 miles long starting in Campo Ca right on the border of Mexico. It follows the crest of the mountain...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

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Do You Believe in Magic?

Miner - PCT - Jun 20, 2009 - Walker Pass
Overall, I slept fine in the cabin. There were no mice that i noticed, just the sounds of the cabin creaking when the wind came up. I used the outhouse and noticed that its basically full. I took an easy pace this morning as it's basically downhill to Walker Pass before having to do a big climb. I'm hoping the climb will be cooler then yesterdays. I'm also hoping to hit it earlier in the day. All the way down, I was hoping for some trail magic or at least a water cache. Where is the Switchback PCT Walker Pass Rescue Party when I NEED IT? June 6 does me no good.At 8:30am, I arrived at the junction to the campground and saw a sign saying Trail Magic (YES!). I qucikly hiked down and found Oakie Girl packing up her truck. I hadn't seen her since Warner Springs. She had been doing trail magic at a spring just before Warner Springs and had offered me a ride to the ADZPCTKO back then. She had apparently been here at Walker Pass for the past 2 weeks doing trail magic and taking hikers into town. She was leaving the very morning I arrived. So I pigged out on fruit, chips and soda as she packed everything up. I was soo glad to see her. We chatted about hikers for awhile. Next to her were some amatuer astronomers, and there was even more expected to arrive that night. They were waiting for her camp site. I left at 9:30am (latter then I had intended, but very full and satisfied). As she had town water, I didn't have to get water from the tank below the campground. As I was crossing the highway, she drove up and put some water on the trail there and we said goodbye. I hope to see her in Oregon where she plans to summer near McKennzie Pass. I had a breeze on the exposed climb after the highway that made all the difference in the world.  It was much cooler then yesterday.  I also felt much stronger today.  I ran into 3 day hikers coming down.  From talking to them, I realized that I was still encountering below normal temperatures for this time of year so I should be feeling blessed and not complaining about the "heat".  I spent the late morning/early afternoon following the crest by a couple of mountains before the trail drops off the crest to allow the getting of water.

At Joshua Tree Spring, I got 2 quarts of water.  Though the camping is nice by the spring, it has had some bear trouble in recent years.  The pipe that fills the water trough was broken off so the water just spills out of the pipe coming up out of the ground.  There is a sign stating that the water here isn't safe to drink.  Unlike most water sources out here, this spring has actually been tested and higher then safe (but still low) levels of uranium have been found in it.  It's only a problem for long term use though; having a quart or two shouldn't be a problem.

I pushed on a few more miles and camped on a saddle in the wind.  Tomorrow will be a big day as I will have 2 big climbs ahead of me if I want to make Kennedy Meadows by a decent time on Monday.
 

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