Pacific Crest Trail Hiker’s Handbook: Innovative Techniques and Trail Tested Instruction for the Long Distance Hiker

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Manual on planning and preparing for hikes of the Pacific Crest Trail through California, Oregon, and Washington. Jardine’s initial presentation of his lightweight-hiking theories


Pacific Crest Trail Water Report

Send updates to or phone/text (619) 734-7289 or (619) 734-PCTW [voice mail/text only, no one will answer]. These water reports are compiled from hiker updates, posts to the PCT-L, on-line trail journals, and other on-the-ground reports.

These reports are provided as a free service to PCT hikers

Source: Pacific Crest Trail Water Report


How To start the Pacific Crest Trail With A Hiking Permit When The PCTA Trail Quota is Full On Your Start Date

If you want to start on a date that is full on the Pacific Crest Trail Association’s website.  Then you may want to consider going to the Cleveland National Forest Service Ranger Station here to get a permit that will last you until your PCTA long distance permit (starting up the trail like a week later or two).. is delivered in the mail. The Cleveland National Forest  will email you a permit that extends up the trail..

Cleveland National Forest
10845 Rancho Bernardo Road
Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92127


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