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Pacific Crest Trail Wall Map [Boxed] (National Geographic Reference Map)

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National Geographic’s map of the Pacific Crest Trail is ideal for fans and hikers of this magnificent National Scenic Trail. It makes a great planning tool or as reference to track progress on the 2,600 plus mile length. This beautiful map shows the entire length of the trail from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon, and Washington. A unique elevation profile highlights the trail’s peaks and valleys, and an informative mileage chart shows the distance between key locations. Also highlighted on this map are passes, peaks, national forests, national parks, state parks, and Indian reservations. Additional points of interest include lodges and campgrounds near the trail.

The map is packaged in a full color box that is perfect for gift giving. The box includes details about the map with its size and scale as well as a large section of the map that displays the cartography found inside.

  • Map Scale = 1:1,700,000
  • Sheet Size = 18″ x 48″



Yosemite National Park (National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map)

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• Waterproof • Tear-Resistant • Topographic Map

Explore the majesty of Yosemite National Park with National Geographic’s Trails Illustrated map. Loaded with helpful information on camping, hiking, lodging, transportation, regulations, and safety, this map is an invaluable tool for casual park visitors and avid adventurers alike. Expertly researched and created in partnership with local land management agencies, the map features key areas of interest including Stanislaus National Forest, Emigrant Wilderness, Carson Iceberg Wilderness, Toiyabe National Forest, Hoover Wilderness, Inyo National Forest, Yosemite Wilderness, Sierra National Forest, and Ansel Adams Wilderness. Detail of the popular Tuolumne Meadows and Yosemite Valley are provided in inset maps.

With almost 800 miles of mapped trails, the Yosemite National Park map can guide you off the beaten path and back again. The clearly marked trails include mileages between intersections. The map base includes contour lines and elevations for summits, passes and major lakes. Some of the many recreation features include: campgrounds, trailheads, tram tours, ski areas, river access, scenic overlooks, scenic byways, and interpretive trails.

Every Trails Illustrated map is printed on “Backcountry Tough” waterproof, tear-resistant paper. A full UTM grid is printed on the map to aid with GPS navigation.

Other features found on this map include: Ansel Adams Wilderness, Bridalveil Fall, Cathedral Range, El Capitan, Emigrant Wilderness, Excelsior Mountain, Hoover Wilderness, Illilouette Falls, Inyo National Forest, Lake Eleanor, Lower Yosemite Fall, Matterhorn Peak, Mount Dana, Mount Lyell, Mount Ritter, Nevada Fall, Ribbon Fall, Ritter Range, Sierra National Forest, Silver Strand Falls, Stanislaus National Forest, Tioga Pass, Toiyabe National Forest, Upper Yosemite Falls, Vernal Fall, Yosemite National Park, Yosemite Valley.

  • Map Scale = 1:80,000 & 1:40,000
  • Sheet Size = 37.75″ x 25.5″
  • Folded Size = 4.25″ x 9.25″



Halfmile’s PCT Maps for 2014 are now online | Pacific Crest Trail Association

Halfmile’s PCT Maps for 2014 are now online | Pacific Crest Trail Association.


Adventure 16, Southern California’s Outdoor Experts.

Adventure 16 has a reputation as one of the best outdoor outfitters in the United States. Our dedication to providing Customers with the finest products, first hand and accurate information, and plenty of inspiration, has guided us since our origin in 1962.

Adventure 16 began as a goal of some young Explorer Scouts whose leaders were involved in river running in the early 60s. Together, they set out to make 16mm adventure films for a lecture series. In the process, their passion turned to making backpacks. A garage in La Mesa, California became a workshop to develop a revolutionary pack design that allowed much of the pack’s weight to be carried comfortably on the hips. By the late 60’s the hobby had become a business. The entrepreneurial leaders were busy inventing and selling innovative, top-of-the-line products, including the first two-layer dome tent specifically engineered for backpackers needs.

In 1970, Mic Mead, an avid customer and active outdoorsman, bought and incorporated the company. Throughout the 70s, growth and innovation was steady. Mic focused on designing and improving production efficiency. Among other things, he designed the first baffled down parka and pioneered the use of aluminum alloy tent poles for an optimal strength-to-weight combination.

After opening retail outlets and distributing products nationwide, Adventure 16 led the industry in introducing the Lifetime Guarantee on all products bearing its name.

Adventure 16 offers inspiring slide shows and educational clinics at store locations. We now consist of five retail locations, as well as a wholesale division specializing in accessories for backpacking, camping, climbing and adventure travel.

Collectively we still strive to fulfill Adventure 16’s mission:

“With a shared appreciation for the outdoors and in the spirit of continuous improvement, the people of Adventure 16 work together to achieve a harmonious balance among genuine customer loyalty, a meaningful and enjoyable work environment and a financially prosperous company.”

John D Mead,

Welcome – Adventure 16, Southern California’s Outdoor Experts..


The A.T. Guide

The A.T. Guide is the premier full-trail handbook for the Appalachian Trail.

  • Landmarks, mileages, and elevations for the entire AT.
  • Maps for 70 towns along the trail, and listings of services available along the way.
  • Elevation Profile maps.
  • Coordinates for over 200 trailhead parking areas, so you can use your GPS to find your way to the trail.
  • Triple shelter mileages: see the distance to the next three shelters in each direction.
  • Symbols for quick identification of services.
  • Book comes with a heavy duty zip-lock bag.
  • Northbound, Southbound, and loose-leaf editions available
  • 224 pages, approx 8.6 oz.

The A.T. Guide.


Permits | Pacific Crest Trail Association

PCT Long Distance Permits

If you plan on hiking or horseback riding 500 or more continuous miles along the PCT, in a single trip, the Pacific Crest Trail Association can issue you a PCT Long Distance Permit. It is free. The PCTA issues permits with the authorization of federal land management agencies to simplify your planning and improve service and trail information.

Long Distance Permits are for overnight use on the PCT corridor. Users wishing to travel off the PCT corridor must obtain separate permits as necessary. You may travel off the PCT to nearby trailheads for reasons of resupply and reaching or departing the Trail. This travel must be done on the most direct trail between the PCT and the trailhead. Long distance permits do not allow for camping off the PCT corridor, even while traveling to and from trailheads.

Long distance travelers are likely to visit places that require extra fees. Campgrounds, park entrances and other special use fees are not covered by this permit. Please pay the collecting agency directly. Travelers holding Long Distance Permits must be flexible if the campsite they are occupying is already reserved by another group. No permits will be issued for trips starting at Whitney Portal.

Please completely fill out your permit application, with start and end locations being actual locations on the PCT. For instance, Seattle is not on the PCT and we cannot issue a permit for it. Similarly, “Sequoia National Park” is not specific enough of a start location. Actual dates must be included as well. It takes a minimum of two to three weeks to receive your permit.*

Requests for Long Distance Permits for an upcoming hiking/riding season will be processed starting February 1st of the same year. Permits should be mailed or faxed and will be returned to you by mail. Apply for a Long Distance Permit.

Southbound travel from Canada: Because of  U.S. Customs and Border Protection regulations, no permits will be issued originating in Manning Provincial Park, BC, Canada. People wishing to start at the northern terminus will be issued a permit for the US/Canada border and should reach it from a southern trailhead, typically Harts Pass. Travel north to the international border and then back south to your destination. Please read our page on entering the U.S. from Canada via the PCT.

Group size: Long Distance Permits are valid only for the individual who’s name appears on the permit. In other words, one person per permit.

Minimum age: Will you be under 18 at the start of your trip? You’ll need to include a written and signed letter of consent from your parent or guardian. The letter must state the dates and location of your proposed trip. You must carry this letter at all times while you’re on the PCT. Permit applications for unaccompanied minors under 16 years old will be reviewed by the U.S. Forest Service.

Animals: National Parks, State Parks and Wilderness Areas have varied restrictions on pets and pack goats. These animals are not authorized through this Long Distance Permit.  Llamas also have special restrictions. Write for more information.

* Sorry, but we do not expedite permits. Please plan ahead and prepare.

Shorter distance permits

If you are embarking on a shorter trip, you can obtain a permit from the agency governing the trailhead from which your PCT trip originates. For example, if you plan to travel from Echo Lake to Castle Crags State Park, you would need to contact the Eldorado National Forest since your trip would begin in that forest. They would issue a permit good for your entire trip. Information on who to contact for a specific section of trail can be found online, or in the Wilderness Press PCT guidebooks. High Sierra hikers can find further information on our John Muir Trail permit page.

Note that much of the PCT does not require wilderness permits! This is the case in many National Forests. Typically, permits are easy to obtain in Oregon and Washington. Self-issue permit boxes are located at wilderness boundaries. Do your research beforehand!

Mt. Whitney Zone permit

There is a $15-per-person fee to enter the Whitney Zone in Inyo National Forest. The Whitney Zone stretches from the summit eastward. If you plan to visit Whitney Portal or Lone Pine, CA from the summit of Mount Whitney, you’ll need to pay the Mt. Whitney fee. Holders of the Whitney Zone Permit should re-enter the wilderness within 48 hours of when they exit to resupply. No permits will be issued for trips originating from Whitney Portal.

For additional information regarding the reservation requirements contact the Inyo National Forest Wilderness Permit Reservation Office, 351 Pacu Lane, Ste 200, Bishop, CA  93514 or (760) 873-2483. Permit information can also be found at

Canada permit

Hikers and equestrians who plan on entering Canada via the PCT must obtain permission from the Canada Border Services Agency.  Carry your approved  “Application for Entry into Canada via the Pacific Crest Trail” form with you at all times while in Canada.

Please fill out the application form completely. No sooner than three months before the start of your trip, print the application, sign and submit it to the address on the form. It is preferred that you type your application with the online fillable form. Otherwise, please print clearly in block letters.

Read up on the various additional requirements you must follow when entering Canada and returning to the United States.  When you are ready, submit the Application for Entry into Canada permit.

Questions? Call the Canada Border Services Agency at 1-866-496-3987,  Press “0”, then ask for the Pacific Crest Trail Coordinator.

Please note that there is currently no legal way to enter the U.S. from Canada (Manning Park) on the PCT.

California fire permits

You must have a California Campfire Permit to use a stove, lantern, or campfire outside a developed campground or recreation area. The permit is your agreement to follow the campfire restrictions and regulations in effect. Campfires are not allowed and are not appropriate on much of the PCT. Please read our page on fire information for details.

The PCTA strongly urges all hikers using the California backcountry to obtain a California fire permit. They are free and valid for one calendar year. These permits should be acquired before the start of your hike or ride. Permits can be obtained at any California U.S. Forest Service, BLM, or California Division of Forestry office. Ranger Stations and Visitor’s Centers are convenient places to obtain them in person, or you may take a simple quiz and print one off the internet.

Commercial filming and photography

If you are creating photographs or videos with the purpose of generating income, you may need a special permit. Please visit the websites below for information. To obtain these permits, or find answers to your questions about special use permits, we recommend asking the agencies directly.

International visitors and U.S. visas

PCTA is not an official source for information about visas. We recommend reading and that you consult a visa adviser. Long distance hikers and riders may find useful information on our page about B-2 visas.

Permits | Pacific Crest Trail Association.


On The Trail – Free PCT Topo Maps

On The Trail – Free PCT Topo Maps.


Join the conversation | Pacific Crest Trail Association

Welcome to the Pacific Crest Trail community! The trail is more than a ribbon of dirt, it’s a shared experience and place that binds us together. For many, the PCT holds promise of a second home and strong and new friendships. Off the trail, our community remains connected. Whether you are stopped in the street because of a PCT sticker on your car or an emblem on your sweatshirt, join the online discussion, participate in the PCT volunteer community or socialize at events, we welcome you to the fold.

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