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Few Misc. PCT Questions

Postby -Ghost- » Thu Oct 13, 2016 10:06 am

Completed my 2011 AT Thru-Hike and have the opportunity to do a PCT thru hike in my transition when moving from the East coast to Seattle. Have almost acquired all my gear for my 2017 Thru-Hike (take a look at my gear list maybe?) but have a few random questions that I couldn't find specific answers for in the FAQ. Plan on going NOBO starting in April. Ill decide exactly when based on this years snowfall and acquire my permit accordingly.

1) First is getting to the trail head. I will definitely fly from Seattle into San Diego. Is a bus/taxi from the El Cajon Transit center the most popular route? Taxi to campo is a bit pricey but seems the most straightforward. Anybody have any experience with either? Any other alternatives that arent mentioned yet?

2) Bear bagging in general. Im real comfortable/familiar with this on the East coast, but dont know what the etiquette is on the West. Obviously in areas where a bear canister is required I will use it. But what do most people do in Southern California or Washington for example? On the AT it was easy enough at the shelter.

3) Maps/guide. What do most people carry? On the AT all I needed was a guidebook with resupply and town information. Do I need full maps a compass? Or is the free information on Postholer sufficient?

I think those are the 3 main things. Appreciate any feedback. If anyone is going to be out there this spring let me know!

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Re: Few Misc. PCT Questions

Postby Gary Schenk » Wed Oct 19, 2016 7:53 am

My 2 cents.
-Ghost- wrote:1) First is getting to the trail head. I will definitely fly from Seattle into San Diego. Is a bus/taxi from the El Cajon Transit center the most popular route? Taxi to campo is a bit pricey but seems the most straightforward. Anybody have any experience with either? Any other alternatives that arent mentioned yet?


The bus works. There's also a trail angel in San Diego who picks people up at the airport and drives them to the trailhead.

2) Bear bagging in general. Im real comfortable/familiar with this on the East coast, but dont know what the etiquette is on the West. Obviously in areas where a bear canister is required I will use it. But what do most people do in Southern California or Washington for example? On the AT it was easy enough at the shelter.


Bear canisters are required in the national parks. Hanging a bear bag in the parks does not work! A fed bear is a dead bear. Outside the parks I just sleep with my food bag. Never had a problem with that in over 30 years of backpacking in the west.

3) Maps/guide. What do most people carry? On the AT all I needed was a guidebook with resupply and town information. Do I need full maps a compass? Or is the free information on Postholer sufficient?


I'm old school and too old to change. I use the Wilderness Press guidebooks. I cut out whatever section I need and carry that. I also carry a compass. No batteries or solar charger required. I have friends who use Halfmile's maps quite successfully. I'm sure Postmiler's are good as well.

I think those are the 3 main things. Appreciate any feedback. If anyone is going to be out there this spring let me know!

-Ghost-


I know a nightly campfire is popular on the AT. At least it was at the shelter's I stayed at during my very brief travels there. Not a good idea in the west. Campfires outside of developed campgrounds are illegal in southern California and at most elevations in the national parks. And for good reason. It's a very bad idea. You'll know that as you hike mile after mile through old burns.

Good luck on your trip. The views will blow your mind after having spent so much time hiking through the green intestine.
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Re: Few Misc. PCT Questions

Postby AllDownhillFromHere » Mon Oct 24, 2016 3:51 pm

"green intestine" - AWESOME :D
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