Pacific Crest Trail Reference Information

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

Plan Your Hike – especially their user-friendly list of resupply points

Guthook Guide – up-to-date trail information used extensively by thru-hikers. Cost is $30, as of March 2019.

Halfmile – very popular maps and resupply information

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

Weatherbase – great for getting a feel for temperatures to expect on the trail. (For grins, check out how cold it gets in Idyllwild, near Mt. San Jacinto in the middle of the SoCal “desert” section.)

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