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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

Re: Water And Rain In High Sierra In August
FUnprepared - Tue, Jul 22, 2014 bet! Typically the T-Storms stop building after sunset. But occassionally you have them through the night. ...

2nd Edition Colorado Trail Map Book
postholer - Fri, Jul 18, 2014 now available! While you still get the same great look and feel, the style and fonts have changed to a much cleaner look....

Re: Kennedy Meadows Outgoing Mail
Miner - Fri, Jul 18, 2014
Back in 2009, I was able to mail out a box from the store. Though I used a flat rate priority box which made calculating the po...

Kennedy Meadows Outgoing Mail
cbliss10 - Fri, Jul 18, 2014
So I've begun planning my 2015 PCT thru hike supply drops and I am having some trouble at Kennedy Meadows. Being the start of t...

Re: Bikes On The Pacific Crest Trail
TheDane - Fri, Jul 18, 2014
Not sure this is the right place to post about a bike encounter, but best I could find Met southbound mountain bike at PCT mil...

Re: Hammock In High Sierra In August?
FUnprepared - Thu, Jul 17, 2014
Absolutely perfect answer, thank you! I will take an ultralight tent and a 200 g hammock just for the case of pleasant nights am...

Re: Hammock In High Sierra In August?
Miner - Wed, Jul 16, 2014
To use a hammock, you'll have to modify your daily mileage to insure that you are always below tree line at night. I would hate...

Re: Water And Rain In High Sierra In August
stillroaming - Wed, Jul 16, 2014 bet! Typically the T-Storms stop building after sunset. But occassionally you have them through the night. ...

Re: Water And Rain In High Sierra In August
FUnprepared - Wed, Jul 16, 2014
One more question - does it sometimes rain at night as well? I mean, when the sky is clear in the evening, you sleep without a t...

Hammock In High Sierra In August?
FUnprepared - Wed, Jul 16, 2014
When I hear, how many people are walking through high Sierra and do not even use a tent, I will ask a question - did you see any...

Re: Water And Rain In High Sierra In August
FUnprepared - Tue, Jul 15, 2014
I've been backpacking in the Sierra Nevada with a down sleeping bag for over 20 years. Never had any issues keeping it dry. I ...

Re: Water And Rain In High Sierra In August
FUnprepared - Tue, Jul 15, 2014
It can be extremely dry between Walker Pass and your first encounter with the Kern River. As for weather you can expect thunder...

Recent Journal Entrys

Head In The Clouds (Feet, Too)
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PCT - SlowBro - Yesterday
Had a shower, got ready, and walked across the parking lot to the diner for breakfast at 6:10. After eating I checked out of the...
Last Day In Ashland
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PCT - Kevin Taylor - Yesterday
Breakfast with Rob and Val at Morning Glory next door, fantastic. Introduced Rob to Easy A and DC. All morning packing 8 boxes w...
Day 90
CDT - pounce - Yesterday
I arrived in Grand Lake this morning! The last section was super-tough, but rewarding. It was filled with steep, long ups and do...
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AT - grimtongue - Yesterday
Well, we had a super short day today milage wise, only 12.1 miles. Mostly due to the incredible heat and humidity coupled with c...
Vermont/Massachusetts Border South On The Appala
AT - Soggybottom - Yesterday
This weekend I am headed to NYC for my uncles 80th birthday. I got a bus ticket leaving Monday at 9 am to take me to the trail h...
Change Of Planning Tools
PCT - cbliss10 - Yesterday
After spending the past week using the planning tool, I've decided to stray. I've found both the planning and gear...
July 22 - Subway Cave To Burney Falls State Park
PCT - Silkies - Tue, Jul 22, 2014
Well, we did a big day. Decided a while ago to go for a big day here because the mileage and resupply location made sense to go ...
Leaving The MacDonalds
AT - DblR - Tue, Jul 22, 2014
Day 135 - Great start to the day with Randy & Amy fixing a hiker breakfast for Red Leg and me. We said our goodbyes and Randy dr...
Getting Back In The Game
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PCT - Big Jerr - Tue, Jul 22, 2014
Well now it's July and were on a training sabbatical (family vacation) in the Sierras , hiking every day trying to get our game ...
Goat Rocks
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PCT - Wilderbitch - Mon, Jul 21, 2014
Just got to White Pass. Goat Rocks was so beautiful & brutal. I'm terrified of heights, so the Knife was a trial ... but I did i...
PCT - swade - Mon, Jul 21, 2014
28 miles today The focus of today was to set myself up for an afternoon arrival in Ashland. I wanted to get a few miles farther,...
The Continental Divide
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CT - UberBitch - Mon, Jul 21, 2014
Today was a loooong day. Much longer than intended. We hadn't planned to hike 23 miles, but the water and camping info in the da...

Journal Entrys Past & Present

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Erwin from Beauty Point

Peanut Eater - AT - Apr 7, 2012 - Day 18
I thought today was going to be an easy and somewhat restful one but it didn't turn out quite that way. I was up reasonably early and the only two chores left were to sort out the resupply box and see if I could find the leak that has just developed in my air mattress. Fortunately Ann had found my other Heineken can and that was one of the first things I pulled out of the box so I now have a fully functioning stove that doesn't leak. Because I got to Erwin earlier than expected I had a spare day of food and the new supply brought four more so I had too much. Erwin is not a good hiker town to get around as it is so spread out. The PO was another three miles from the hotel which itself was a mile from the trail. So I wasn't inclined to waste a lot of time trying to mail the extra food back. Instead I put it in the hiker box at Uncle Johnnies and it was gone in no time. My other task was not so easy. I filled the bath, inflated the mattress and stuck it in hoping to see bubbles. But there were none no matter what orientation I had it in. I couldn't keep all of it under water at the same time so I had to look a section at a time. In the end I just guessed that the repair Hurricane and I did in Silver City last year might be leaking so I stuck two strips of duct tape over it and hoped for the best. I had informally arranged to meet EZ at Uncle Johnnies but I told him if I was late don't wait for me. I took a long breakfast that wasn't too bad with an omelette and biscuits plus a lot of orange juice and coffee. I checked out of the hotel and started walking the mile back to the trail when a car pulled over and offered me a ride which I gladly accepted. At Uncle Johnnies I sent out my spot signal and since EZ had left more than an hour before I got there I set out on my own. I immediately crossed the bridge over the Nolichucky River and then started the climb back up the valley on the other side of the river from where we came in last night. It was a very pleasant hike crossing numerous creeks that fed the river. The weather was just perfect - sunny and cool - and the climb was quite gentle so I made good time even though I really wasn't trying to hurry. I stopped at the first shelter for a snack and then carried on this gentle climb that ended at a bald called Beauty Spot. Here I did get quite a nice view on one side looking back towards Erwin. It was unusually clear so the visibility was excellent. After that point I had a steep thousand foot climb up to the top of Unaka Mountain. It was a strange mountain because at about 4800 ft suddenly there were spruce trees and the top had a dense forest of them. Then it was a long downhill to the shelter where I had agreed to meet EZ if we did not hook up this morning. Before I got there I had a sneaky suspicion the EZ would have gone further to a campsite about four miles down the trail. When I got there that suspicion was confirmed by the three hikers that had already settled in for the night. It was just after six and although I had done some climbing I had taken it easy and wasn't overly tired so I decided to carry on. I'm glad I did because I saw my first real wildlife on the trail - two deer that were running up the trail on the other side of a small valley. They were too far away to take a picture but I did see their tracks on the still wet trail as I went up the section where I saw them. I reached the campsite at about 7:30 and there was EZ along with another hiker our age called Video 62 and two young girls that were debating whether to night hike to the next shelter. I quickly put up the tent and cooked dinner before it got dark. The temperature was also dropping rapidly and my fingers are getting numb from the cold so that it’s for tonight.

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