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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

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...

Anyone For A Swim?!
pfletch101 - Tue, Sep 9, 2014
The map of the trail shows it as crossing the Kennebec river at around 45.235876N, 70.001424W, in northern Maine. As far as I ca...

Re: CLASS OF "2015"
flip_flop - Sun, Aug 24, 2014
Hello! I am Flip/Flop, I am starting out from Harpers Ferry WV on April 06, 2015 to reduce the environmental impact on Springer ...

Re: Need Help Getting To Trail At Sisters, OR
glenn - Sat, Aug 23, 2014
It is probably less expensive to fly into Portland. CoBreeze is the private shuttle from Portland down to Redmond and Bend. From...

Any Way To Add Private Markers?
Trusty - Wed, Aug 20, 2014
Is there any way to make a marker "private" so that it's only visible to my login? It would be really handy to be ab...

Need Help Getting To Trail At Sisters, OR
Tamela Stafford - Sat, Aug 16, 2014
I'm planning to rejoin my uncle on trail around Sisters. I'm flying from NC and want ideas on best way. I was thinking of flyi...

Recent Journal Entrys

Hunting Season & A Bear Sighting
PCT - pprovost - Sat, Sep 27, 2014
Apparently Buddha knew she might be coming in. I never did meet her as I left around 6:15 AM before either had stirred. I was ju...
The Gathering
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CDT - Jo - Thu, Sep 25, 2014
On my way to "the Gathering". Sounds like an episode from the Outlander. True, however. No time travel involved here, ...
Hiking Food And Eating
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PCT - Kevin Taylor - Thu, Sep 25, 2014
I've answered a few questions about hiking food in the Guestbook, and here I want to summarize what worked for me. I liked t...
Into Snoqualmie Pass
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PCT - vickiclift - Wed, Sep 24, 2014
We have made it to the next resupply stop just in time. The next storm is rolling in and we are soaked. It rained on us hiking u...
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PCT - Marce and Jill - Wed, Sep 24, 2014
Well, first off, an apology for not making any entries since July 24th. Holy smokes, that was 2 whole months and 2 whole states ...
What I All Means
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PCT - SlowBro - Sun, Sep 21, 2014
When I decided, last November, to attempt to hike the PCT it was not with the thought that it might be transformative. Instead, ...
Day 147
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PCT - tab - Thu, Sep 18, 2014
Got a ride back to the trail knowing it is to be even hotter today. We saw a few snakes just to prove the point. Lots of poison ...
9/18/2014 Camped At Campsite Near Spring, PCT Mi
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PCT - Trevor McKee - Thu, Sep 18, 2014
We woke up to the drizzling rain but it was still fairly warm. I prepared us coffee and breakfast in my vestibule and we eventua...
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PCT - Trixie Lou - Thu, Sep 18, 2014
Well, I did it. 5 months, 9 days, and 2,660 miles after beginning at the Mexican border, I walked into Canada. I am awash in emo...
On The Way Home
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PCT - Big Jerr - Thu, Sep 18, 2014
As we travel home on train , can't help but think of ALL the wonderful hikers we just spent a month in the wilderness with , nam...
Zero In Millinocket
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AT - mattlessner - Wed, Sep 17, 2014
One last zero before the big finish on Friday. It is probably a little unnecessary to take a day off with only 15 miles to go, b...
The Last Day
AT - DblR - Wed, Sep 17, 2014
Day 192 - This is the last day of the hike and it is hard to believe. The plan was for Ben and Scott to drop a truck at Roaring ...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

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Luckyman - PCT - Sep 14, 2013 - New Partner In Crime
The Mostel at Snoqualmie Pass is a house that looks out on the base of the ski area and is just for hikers in summer and skiers in winter. We had full access to the kitchen, wi-fi, showers, and laundry. It was very clean. I was upstairs in the bunk room while the couples used the individual bedrooms on the main floor. Eight of us were all leaving in the morning and made arrangements with the owner to take us two miles back to the pass and the trail. Syashinka, who I met at Goat Rocks, said he didn’t want to hike by himself anymore and asked if he could come with me. So, the old bearded guy and the 21 year old foreign kid headed off into the woods to hike the next 75 miles while we still had good weather. Washington is in the middle of a heat wave. Seattle is reading 95 degrees and here on the trail we are cooking in the 80s. It has not rained for 5 days, but the heat brings the moisture out of the ground and creates stifling humidity when we are in the still air under the tree canopy. The trail stewards (PCTA, along with various gov’t agencies) and the guide books have divided the trail into sections. This Washington Section “J” is rocky and steep. The PCT climbs up hillsides to reach a ridge and then plunges down into the next valley only to repeat the process. The second day out we are trying to reach a water source at mile 2452 and hope that there is flat ground for camping there. Our notes tell us that this water crossing can be dangerous early in the year, but in September should not be a problem. The creek is coming from a steep narrow gorge and there is no apparent way to cross the water on logs and stones. Once we make the decision to put our feet in and walk through the water, it is an easy crossing that never reached our knees. This was a steep and rocky area that did not provide for camping. We had to find a flat spot farther down the trail. Section J was providing the still quiet mornings that let sound travel for distances. This being the northwest, if Sasquatch made a sound, I could be all over him like white on rice. The huckleberries are easily picked as we walk, and with so many mushrooms around, I have been looking for bearded gnomes. I did find one (see picture.) By the end of the third day today I was tired. I have not had a day off (not counting the day in my tent) for two weeks. Stevens Pass is another ski area with view amenities. I had mailed a food package to myself, and knowing I could not make it to the Skykomish post office within the short Saturday hours, I asked the local trail angels (the Dinsmores) to take the package home. Syashinka and I started asking downhill mountain bikers, who were loading their vehicles after a day at the slopes, for a ride to town. Easy hitch. Luckyman

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