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Planning
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions for first timers and old timers.
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Resupply - All the major resupply locations.
Gear Lists - See sample gear lists of those that walked the walk.
Plans - Itineraries, resupply locations as used by hikers.
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Printed Topo Maps - the most current maps available!
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 - Most current PCT databook
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

Echo Lake Resupply
Grey Raven - Wed, Sep 2, 2015
Just got off the phone with Tom at Echo Lake Chalet. Their store will be closing for the season at 5pm on Monday Labor Day. They...

Introducing The New Hike Planner
postholer - Tue, Sep 1, 2015
You now have a new, comprehensive hike planner that creates your plan dynamically based on your hiking style, terrain, condition...

Echo Lake Resort No Longer Accepts Resupply Pkgs
postholer - Thu, Aug 13, 2015
As of October 1st 2015, Echo Lake Resort will no longer accept resupply packages. You will need to send your resupply to the P....

Re: Kennedy Meadows To Campo In Winter?
jfulgham - Wed, Jul 29, 2015
Thank you for the information. I'm currently working 12 hours a day, 6 days a week. It doesn't leave a lot of time for researc...

Re: Kennedy Meadows To Campo In Winter?
postholer - Tue, Jul 28, 2015
Ok, I'll do your homework for you. In January, in SoCal, during a normal winter, you will have a tough time finding a long exte...

Re: Kennedy Meadows To Campo In Winter?
jfulgham - Tue, Jul 28, 2015
If I wanted to do a southbound winter hike on the PCT to Campo, what is a safe point to start from in January? I am into advent...

Re: Kennedy Meadows To Campo In Winter?
postholer - Tue, Jul 28, 2015
Is it doable? Yes. KM to Campo is 700 miles. Hundreds of miles would be in winter time snow conditions. KM is closed during win...

Kennedy Meadows To Campo In Winter?
jfulgham - Mon, Jul 27, 2015
Hello. I am interested in making a southbound hike in January and February. I am not familiar with weather and elevation yet on...

Re: Water Availability - North Cascades
LaGrangePoints5 - Thu, Jul 23, 2015
I was on a brief hike north from Harts Pass last week, and the first water north was pretty good at Tamarack Peak. I ran into a...

Start Date - Kennedy Meadows
Button - Thu, Jul 23, 2015
Hello - just after some advice from hikers of the PCT... If I was interested in doing a partial PCT hike from Kennedy Meadows t...

Water Availability - North Cascades
57over170 - Wed, Jul 22, 2015
We've been tracking the snow melt in the North Cascades and see that snow pack is way down from 30yr average. There's an alert f...

Re: Lift To Harts Pass ?
LaGrangePoints5 - Fri, Jul 17, 2015
Yes, that is reasonable. From the Mt. Vernon bus station, you can easily get a Skagit transit bus to Concrete. There are stores...

Recent Journal Entrys

Summertime, Summertime, Sum Sum Summertime
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PCT - maxmontano - Yesterday
Sept 1st We hiked out as planned this morning and decided to take an alternate route that everyone else was taking. It avoids a little elevation and is about 9 miles shorter. It was supposed t...
Zero
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AT - chaseat99 - Yesterday
The food and rest yesterday was great. I've been stuffing myself all day today also. I weigh 155 #s that's 15 or more pounds down from normal. Surf and turf platter was great from Mr Pizza. J...
Canada
PCT - Ellen S - Wed, Sep 2, 2015
With the weather forecast so severe, we finally decided to go to Canada and hike to the Monument at the border. We got up early this morning, ate a quick breakfast, donned our rain gear and wa...
Heart Butte On Fire
CDT - Jellybean - Wed, Sep 2, 2015
I am road walking south around the Bob Marshall Wilderness. The whole world seems to be on fire! I saw a black bear just as I left East Glacier. At least today was mostly gravel. Friendly hors...
Day 27
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PCT - higherg1 - Wed, Sep 2, 2015
On the trail by 7 am which is good for me. It was a slower pace in the morning with it being up and down but overall not bad. I saw a couple of south bounders, both wearing white tee shirts, a...
Temp Entry
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PCT - tpotter - Tue, Sep 1, 2015
Temp Update: After hiking 3 days in rain from Snoqualmie to Stevens, I am cold and soaked. So, I'm going to take a zero day at my Sister Jennifer's house in Cashmere. She is on the way...
To Squaw Pass And South
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CDT - Jo - Tue, Sep 1, 2015
August 2. We woke up at 5:15, decided to eat later (ever hopeful for the warm rays of the sun!). so we were on the trail at 6 a.m. The sky was fairly clear when we got up and almost a full moo...
Journal Entry
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AT - Tjb02141993 - Mon, Aug 31, 2015
Warm day but not a single climb so I didn't lose much water. Drank a lot of water though which seems to be helping my shins quite a bit. I found myself cursing at the rocks today which I didn'...
August 31, 2015
AT - pprovost - Mon, Aug 31, 2015
August 31, 2015 Monday Day 80 Miles about 980 We left the dusty rafting Mecca of Abol Bridge Campground after downing two of their breakfast sandwiches, a blueberry muffin (marginal) ...
When Shit Got Real
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CDT - jgregory - Mon, Aug 31, 2015
I've been kicked out of the mountains: they're closed for business. My daily life has come to resemble, quite literally, Cormac McCarthy's The Road. As I type this very entry on my phone, I'm ...
Day8
JMT - sgundry - Mon, Aug 31, 2015
Enjoying a nero day! Strider picked us up at the trailhead a bit after noon and brought us to her motel. She proceeded to wash our clothes and offer us a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. After we all s...
The Road Home
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PCT - mike-nancy - Mon, Aug 31, 2015
On August 1st, we spent this day cleaning and preparing for the drive home. On August 2nd, we started our drive home. First we drove to the mainland past Miami and then turned west through th...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

PCT photo

Bigfoot Jim - PCT - May 6, 2011 - Postholer
Here we are at Mike's on the Chihuahua Valley Road. We had to walk a long 1/4
mile off the trail.

Last night after Dona and I settled in and it was dark a group of 6-7 young
folks showed up and camped near us. This morning they took off and I suspect
we won't see them again very soon. They are way faster than we are.

We left camp at 6:20 this morning having just a protein shake for a starter
About 90 minutes later we stopped and cooked oatmeal and had some coffee.
Good stuff.

Probably half a dozen folks roared by us on the trail. I guess they have a
schedule! We had two nights for Warner to Hwy 74 but we just added a day as
we are going to 'nearo' here at Mike's. Then it will be 25 miles to Hwy 74
with an overnight.

Dona has picked up another blister so that's a bummer. I still have a slight
sore throat and can really hack up a storm when I lay down. I need to take
benedryl before I go to bed to control hack.

Except for everything that is wrong, things are great. And a great thing
when stopping at a trail angels is the ability to wash feet and socks. Both
dry fast in the heat (85in the shade) no humidity. I am really bummed that
I got a new blister today. I thought I had them under control! There might
be a barbecue here tonight another plus.

It's now 7:30. There was a chicken bbq and a few burgers from the PCTA. PCTA
actually has a work camp here for the week and tomorrow we get to check out
their work.

Quite a few hikers took off to do some evening hiking. We plan to leave
bright and early and pick up some miles.

Night night

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