Here are some of the resources I have found most useful for preparing to hike the Pacific Crest Trail.
Pacific Crest Trail Association – permits
Halfway Anywhere’s PCT page – tons of useful info, including surveys of PCT through-hikers
PCT Water report – information about where there are reliable water sources, particularly important in the SoCal desert
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service SNOTEL reports – for tracking snowpack, which can affect water availability and trail conditions in the Sierra
I will post links to specific locations–such as resupply points, campsites, restaurants, and trail angels–from my blog as I pass through and confirm the awesomeness of each location.