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Snow conditions for the Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail, Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Northwest Trail. Snow pack is not trail snow. Get trail conditions every half mile from November 1st through June 28th. This is the most complete trail snow evaluation to be found anywhere.

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Recent Forum Posts

Re: Snow On The Pct Prior To Kennedy Meadows
ManOWar - Sat, Apr 29, 2017
I headed up to Kennedy Peak yesterday to bag both Kennedy and Levitt Peaks.... If you are doing the PCT (NOBO or SOBO) you bett...

Re: Snow Outlook From Tahoe To Whitney
Steve_O_49 - Sat, Apr 15, 2017
You should have a blast! 1st thing you should do is google pictures of "postholing deep snow hiking". Now imagine you...

Re: PCT Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
postholer - Tue, Apr 11, 2017
Walker Pass to Kennedy Meadow should be OK, aside from any late season storms. The high point is 8,000 feet in that section, but...

Re: PCT Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
RobertoFresco - Tue, Apr 11, 2017
Hello Friends I obviously didn't know what I was doing when I scheduled my trip. I plan on hiking the section from Walker pass ...

Re: Snow Conditions SB PCT (inquiry)
Hotdog - Sun, Apr 9, 2017
So exactly what am I waiting for here? Looking at hearts pass snow report. There is lots of snow. Am I watching for a certain le...

Snow Outlook From Tahoe To Whitney
Kmarin - Thu, Apr 6, 2017
Hey guys, really happy I found this website it's been super helpful so far. I'm plan on hiking the PCT sobo this year, my orig...

Re: Help With The Trail Planner
postholer - Thu, Apr 6, 2017
At this time the planner only allows for a south to north journey, due to the overwhelming trend of going in that direction. -p...

Help With The Trail Planner
M McMich - Thu, Apr 6, 2017
It seems the trail planner will only let you hike from south to north. I want to hike a section starting in Damacus VA and going...

Re: Snow On The Pct Prior To Kennedy Meadows
dofdear - Thu, Mar 30, 2017
Postholer Maps are a great resource for snow information. What I like about the maps over the other graphing tools is that the ...

Re: Snow On The Pct Prior To Kennedy Meadows
Miner - Wed, Mar 29, 2017
Though conditions will be improving since the snow will be melting off each day ( and a week of warm weather can make a big diff...

Re: Snow On The Pct Prior To Kennedy Meadows
jimbo - Wed, Mar 29, 2017
Thanks, post holder! I called the ranger station on Mt. Jacinto to talk about the Trail closure on the mountain. I also talked ...

Re: Snow On The Pct Prior To Kennedy Meadows
postholer - Sat, Mar 25, 2017
I feel your pain. It would be nice to know what conditions are like every step of the way, around every corner and every rise. T...

Recent Blog & Journal Entrys

CDT Trail Days - Day 2
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CDT - rlhdancer - Yesterday
CDT Trail Days - Day 2 Trail Days started today off with a primer on rescue in the Southern New Mexico desert - something that was good to hear, but hopefully will be unnecessary. It did star...
Birthday PCT Kickoff!
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PCT - Dusty Roads - Yesterday
My day started at 5 am as I awoke to 20 other hikers packing up their sleeping gear to head out your the trail head. After an hour drive we found ourselves at a very windy Southern Terminus. W...
Day 0; San Diego, Scout & Frodo's House
PCT - CarlZ993 - Yesterday
Caught an early flight from Austin that required a 4:45 am wake-up. My wife, Nancy, gave me a ride to the airport. I met my buddy, Jack, there. We flew to San Diego together. After stopping in...
Journal Entry
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AT - Journeyman - Yesterday
Woke up damp this morning. Very humid. I'd still be pretty damp even with the tarp. Got going about 8:15 and struggled all morning. Tough climbs up to Cheoah Bald. Rough trail. Stopped to ...
Trail Days
CDT - Ellen S - Yesterday
We're back in Lordsburg after a couple of day in Silver City attending Trail Days. Lots of fun. Got to see some hikers that we've met on the trail, and reconnect with some we haven't seen in y...
Saturday April 29 In Big Bear
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PCT - Huff and Puff - Yesterday
Hello everyone. Well it's Saturday and we made it to Big Bear. Will myself and our hiking companion Asia has been wandering through the mountains and foothills of Big Bear since Tuesday. So I ...
Fw: Travel NH To GA
AT - Voyageur - Yesterday
After all was packed last night I went to bed at 2am. The alarm was set for 6 but I woke at 5 :30 & got up at 5:45. Shower,  cereal, last-minute stuff.  A little panic because Anthony hasn't...
Backcountry Permit- Grand Canyon
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AZT - SlowBro - Fri, Apr 28, 2017
Today I faxed my request for a September backcountry permit to the Grand Canyon. It will be a few days to weeks before I hear back, but on or around September 19th I should be camped somewhere...
Resupply Plan Done
PCT - Rickreimer - Fri, Apr 28, 2017
Finally finished the resupply plan and of course the plan will be obliterated after day 1. But it was fun doing the research. Going to send 10 boxes and resupply in towns along the way....
Day 2 Out Of Lordsburg
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CDT - Day-late - Fri, Apr 28, 2017
Slept well last night. I used my tent as it was kind of buggy. I think I mostly had it set up right. It has been a long time since I've used it so my memory was a little shaky. Today was proba...
How I'm Taking All My Gear On Aircraft
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PCT - kiwi stu - Fri, Apr 28, 2017
Another job done. Bounce Bucket and large Duffel bag. I will post Bounce Bucket to my mate in Portland Oregon when I get to LAX. My Pack and all my gear,clothing,hiking Poles etc are all in...
Clock Is Ticking
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PCT - snepp00 - Fri, Apr 28, 2017
Clock is ticking And again...a day closer to my departure to San Diego. 6 more days! Preparations are starting to take shape now. All my gear ..... Dutch; De klok tikt.... En wé...

Blog & Journal Entrys Past/Present

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TrailSnail - CT - Jun 24, 2012 - Speedy Conquers Mt Massive
Snail got up early and started up the peak. Got up to timberline before sleepyhead, Speedy, got up and caught up. Snail took pictures and went back to campsite and read a book. Speedy continued up and enjoyed all the hard work. She called her Mom from the top. After she came down we packed up and went down the 3.2 miles to the truck. From there we drove to Leadville for a celebratory dinner. Speedy had chicken burritos and a chocolate milkshake. Snail had steak. Snail first asked for a reuben sandwich but they were out of sauerkraut. We both burst out laughing because that was the second cafe where Snail couldn't get her reuben due to a sauerkraut problem. We are betting on how many tries it will take to get that Reuben Sandwich. Pictures later.Speedy's Trail: The uphills have been giving me problems at the increasing elevations, so this was sure to be a challenge. Everyone, and I mean everyone, passed me on the way up. There was this really energetic older man that passed me and talked to me about how when I just made it up to that one part, the adrenaline would kick in and I'd be fine, or to just stop and take a couple deep breaths but keep on going! He was very encouraging and I did keep going at my slow but steady pace. No one would have called me Speedy that day! When I got up to the partial scramble area, I was tired but I love climbing around on rocks, so it was a nice change. I hopped up on them, played freeze-sneak up games with the marmots and finally made it to the top. If I ever get the pictures to upload, you'll be able to see how dirty I was by the time I got up there- sweat, dirt, scrapes, and more dirt. But it was worth it. The views from the top were gorgeous! So many rugged mountain peaks, rocks, and snow! And it was finally a reasonably cool temperature up there! I called my mom and talked to her for a bit until another person came up and I offered to take there picture with the rock sign. Turns out this guy was running the Leadville 100, a high elevation race. He had just flown in from Seattle, ran 10 miles to the trailhead, ran 3.5 miles up the mountain, and was running back down those 13.5 miles in the night. The reason? Not to hike his first fourteener. He did it to get used to the elevation. And I thought I was doing well just getting up the mountain. OH well. When I got back down to camp I just wanted real food, so we hiked back to the truck and went to Leadville's famous Golden Burro where I inhaled a tasty chicken burrito and and delicious milk shake!

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