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Planning
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions for first timers and old timers.
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Maps
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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: PCT Fires, A Graphic Look
postholer - Tue, Apr 28, 2015
The point of this thread is to make hikers aware of fire danger through example and keep them from starting un-natural wild fir...

Re: PCT Fires, A Graphic Look
lacrose - Tue, Apr 28, 2015
California post fire management sciences are a marvel. Mostly because they are coming to learn they still don't know enough....

Re: PCT Fires, A Graphic Look
postholer - Tue, Apr 28, 2015
Many studies have shown the the forest-woodland-chaparral complex of California is dependent on fire frequency and intensity fo...

Re: PCT Fires, A Graphic Look
lacrose - Mon, Apr 27, 2015
Many studies have shown the the forest-woodland-chaparral complex of California is dependent on fire frequency and intensity fo...

Re: Bear Canisters/Food Handling In The Sierra
LaGrangePoints5 - Sun, Apr 26, 2015
Snowman, 1. I did most of the John Muir Trail, and I didn't put my bear can right next to the tent, but maybe 20-30 feet away....

Re: North Vs South PCT 2015 June 1 Start
dofdear - Sat, Apr 25, 2015
The WA SNOTEL facility is IMHO the best resource for both current and historical snow and water data. Believe Postholer uses tha...

Re: PCT Fires, A Graphic Look
stillroaming - Fri, Apr 24, 2015
...a single drop of burning alcohol fuel will ignite the soil causing the ground to morf into red hot lava. Bare dirt is highly ...

Re: North Vs South PCT 2015 June 1 Start
dofdear - Fri, Apr 24, 2015
Starting that early SOBO will be lots of snow. Do not let other people fool you. Recommend you use the tools on the Postholer ...

North Vs South PCT 2015 June 1 Start
Hohenhiemoflight - Thu, Apr 23, 2015
Hello everyone a longtime lurker but first time poster. I'm ready (I think) to tackle the PCT and am trying to figure out if I s...

Re: Bear Canisters/Food Handling In The Sierra
markv - Wed, Apr 22, 2015
Hi Snowmann. I store mine in the first convenient spot (like a depression or a place surrounded by downed trees) more than abou...

Re: PCT Factoids...
skD1am0nd - Wed, Apr 22, 2015
Excellent. Thanks for this info. Personally I love this kind of stuff. Now only problem is my girlfriend. She is sick of her me...

Re: Bear Canisters/Food Handling In The Sierra
Snowmann - Wed, Apr 22, 2015
For input from those of you using bear vaults, two questions: Where do you store it - how far from your tent? And, if a bear fin...

Recent Journal Entrys

May 4 Update
PCT - Rich Brinkman - Today
Good Morning! I will be getting back on the PCT via the Devils Slide Trail this morning. The PCT is closed north of Hwy 74 where...
You Deserve A Break Today...!
PCT - Zog - Yesterday
Short day. Good. My feet are getting pretty tore up. And my left knee. And my back. But my elbows are great, and I look darned g...
Day 9
CDS - PeterS - Yesterday
It was a very nice albergue and I would have had a room to myself if two hikers hadn't shown up around 9:00 pm. But I slept ...
Heading To The Airport
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PCT - Darthkev - Yesterday
Last day at home before catching a flight to San Diego. As I double check my gear and arrange final details for things as home, ...
Starting Tomorrow
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PCT - maxmontano - Yesterday
We leave for San Diego today and plan to spend the night there before catching the bus to Campo tomorrow. One last night in a so...
Moving Right Along
AT - chaseat99 - Yesterday
Nice day reminiscent of hiking this section many times. Not so many people like the 85 plus people we saw yesterday. More than t...
Day 30:
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PCT - d-c-nelson - Sat, May 2, 2015
> I got a late start because I knew I was stopping at Hikertown (mile 517.6), which was only 17.3 miles down the trail. My preco...
Shakedown Backpack To Loch Leven Lakes
PCT - surforcycle - Sat, May 2, 2015
5-2/3-15: Loch Leven Lakes west of Lake Tahoe off I 80. Elevation: 6800' Wx: perfect: mid-60s to 40f Group of 9 from Sacramento ...
Nice Hiking At High Elevation
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PCT - tpotter - Sat, May 2, 2015
I got up this morning to several surprises. First, I went to put my shoes on and found that some critter had chewed through one ...
Big Bear Lake
PCT - spectrum - Sat, May 2, 2015
Had my first taste of a trail magic breakfast by a fellow named Legend at mile 252 and the Mt. Onyx Hwy pass. He had his propane...
Day 14 To 16
PCT - hikerfaceplant - Sat, May 2, 2015
Day 14 (30th Apr). Hike miles 17. Mile 227.5. Set off at 6.00am to avoid the heat later in the day. This is now my norm. Hard da...
Major Milestone
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PCT - qsquest 15 - Sat, May 2, 2015
I am finally finished baking and vacuum packing my base food supply, whew! I have 1,126 trail biscuits bundled and ready to put ...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

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Wallkill Reserve

Quakerland Forge - AT - May 16, 2014 - St. Thomas ChurchHostel
My feet feel much better today so I thought I'd walk further today. It rained lightly off and on today. One of the hikers that spent the night at the cabin last night walked with me today. The trek today was very interesting. A lot of sights to see. The trail was so close to the state line that sometimes I was in New York and other times I was in New Jersey. I crossed NJ 284 which went over to Unionville, NY. I crossed the Wallkill river and entered the Wallkill Nature Reserve. It was a huge place. It is a Federal Reserve and is 1 mile square. It mostly had water birds. I saw cranes, swans and Canada goose. I passed the Pochuck Mountain Shelter then climbed up Pochuck Mountain. That was quite a climb, a 350 foot (elevation) climb. I then crossed County Road 565 which went over to Glenwood, NJ. The next area was a long stretch of trail that crossed a swampy area. I crossed the Pochuck Creek suspension bridge which is 110 feet long and a long, elevated boardwalk that went across the swamp which was 1 1/2 mile long. I crossed over Wawayanda Creek on a footbridge then headed for Vernon, NJ where I stayed at the St. Thomas Episcopal Church Hostel. The people of this church have begun a caring ministry in this hostel which started in 1998. They have set aside their Community Room for the hikers. They have a small camp store since supply stores are quite a distance. They have a shower and laundry and many time the parishioners bring in food for the hikers to eat. And if a hiker comes in sick or injured they will take him to medical help. What wonderful people. I've heard for some time that this is a very nice place and planned to stop by. Their web site is: https://www.st-thomas-vernon.org/hiker-hostel-ministry.html. I ended my day today with sore feet again, mainly because I pushed too far, walking 13 miles today.

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