Category Archives: Trail Towns

Cascade Locks, the Heart of the Columbia River Gorge

When the mountains of the Columbia River Gorge rise above you and the waterfalls tumble silver from the heights, when the river reaches to beyond, a wondrous thing happens. You breathe easier. Your heart lets loose. You come home to yourself.

At the heart of it all, you’ll discover a small town. A genuine town full of friendly folks waiting to say, “Hi.”  Here, in Cascade Locks, you’re free to choose—between big adventures, and life’s small pleasures.

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Visitors Guide: Hiking the PCT and other Tehahapi trails | Visitor-guide |

The Tehachapi area provides exciting opportunities for both casual and avid hikers with the world-famous Pacific Crest Trail and Mountain Park trailheads nearby. Would-be hikers, however, need to use caution

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Halfmile’s PCT on the App Store

Read reviews, compare customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about Halfmile’s PCT. Download Halfmile’s PCT and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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HikerBot – Android Apps on Google Play

I just found out about this app like a day ago. Never used it but have heard some great things about it on facebook It looked like to me that this app is like Guthooks but free. Please let me know how it works for you. I can’t wait for the iphone version to come out!

Source: HikerBot – Android Apps on Google Play

HikerBot is a crowd-sourced guidebook and navigation app for long-distance hikers that fully works even in airplane mode.
Why HikerBot?
A variety of trail data sources exists whether in paper form or on-line. However, trail data ages quickly and becomes obsolete. HikerBot is designed to be the most up-to-date data source – since anyone can submit new data and make edits, right from the trail! These updates are propagated to other users immediately (when there is cell or wifi signal), or queued until a connection is available. Latest reports on water sources, snow conditions, restaurant reviews, photos, anything you’d want to know from hikers ahead … are all automatically synced to your phone.
What can you do with HikerBot?
– Download high-resolution USGS topo maps.
– Latest GPS trail tracks and waypoints are synced automatically.
– Navigate using a moving map.
– You can update waypoint names, coordinates, descriptions, add photos and field reports, all in airplane mode.
– You can rate photos and comments – highest rated content automatically surfaces to the top.
– If you choose, automatically share your location with other hikers (once an hour to once a day), with an optional time delay (an hour to one day) and random position error (up to a mile). Let others follow your hike but keep your privacy on the trail!
– See a real-time feed of all activity in the app

The following trails are supported: Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), Appalachian Trail (AT), Continental Divide Trail (CDT), John Muir Trail (JMT), Sierra High Route (SHR), Wonderland Trail (WT), Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (GDMBR), Continental Divide Singletrack Trail (CDST).



Halfmile’s PCT – Android Apps on Google Play

Source: Halfmile’s PCT – Android Apps on Google Play

Halfmile’s PCT is a companion smartphone app for Halfmile’s Pacific Crest Trail printed maps to aid navigation on the Pacific Crest Trail. The app uses your smartphone GPS to determine your exact location, if you are on the PCT or one of its side trails, and it calculates distances to over 3,000 PCT landmarks. The app also calculates elevation gains and losses to landmarks. Halfmile’s PCT app is available for both iPhone and Android smartphones. The app does not contain maps of the Pacific Crest Trail — think of it as a very accurate, location aware, digital PCT Data Book.Other features of the app include:
* Works without cell phone service
* Download and Go — no extra configuration or data needed
* Simulation mode for hike planning and hiker support
* Provides specific “how to walk there” instructions for all points
* Calculates cumulative elevation gains and losses to all points
* Powerful search function for features like water sources, campsites, and resupply locations
* Calculates which printed map pages contain your location
* Matches the data and calculations of the iPhone edition exactlyThe Pacific Crest Trail is a 2,650 mile National Scenic Trail that
runs from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington.


Yogi’s Pacific Crest Trail Handbook (Yogi’s PCT Handbook)

December 2016 edition.

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The thought of planning and completing a Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike can be overwhelming. There’s so much to learn: how to resupply, what shoes or gear to buy, how to survive in the desert and snow, etc. “Yogi’s Pacific Crest Trail Handbook” answers all these questions . . . and more.

This valuable planning and hiking resource is written by hikers for hikers. It takes the confusion out of pre-hike planning and on-trail logistics. It is a collection of different opinions from people who have thru-hiked the PCT. This is the stuff we wish we knew before we thru-hiked.

The first half is a collection of tips from previous PCT thru-hikers on a variety of hiking topics such as:

  • Maps and Guidebooks
  • Clothing
  • Footwear
  • Packs
  • Shelters
  • Sleeping Systems
  • Ultralight Hiking
  • Desert Advice
  • Sierra Advice
  • Resupply

The second half is the Trail Tips and Town Guide. This section is printed on perforated paper, so you can remove these pages from the bound book and take them with you on the trail. You’ll find:

  • How to get to and from each resupply location
  • Town maps
  • Maildrop info
  • Town info: resupply, lodging, restaurants, ATM, internet, fuel, shower, etc.
  • Historical water source information
  • Where to go at confusing trail junctions
  • Sierra-specific: tips for crossing the passes, bear box locations, canister-required areas, Sierra public bus info; detour info
  • The best places to eat
  • Hiker-friendly motels
  • 13-time PCT thru-hiker Scott Williamson has contributed his comments regarding water availability and places few people know about.

“Yogi’s Pacific Crest Trail Handbook” sets your dream in motion. The rest is up to you!

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Big Bear Hiking and Biking Trails: Things to Do: Southern California

Hiking and Biking Trails in the Big Bear Valley

via Big Bear Hiking and Biking Trails: Things to Do: Southern California.


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.


Hike the PCT Kennedy Meadows Home | Home of the Kennedy Meadows Cyber Cafe & Tom’s Place Hiker Retreat |

The Kennedy Meadows Cyber Café & Tom’s Place (36.01°N 118.13°W Elev. 6170 ft) In 2005, Tom Figueroa started hosting injured hikers on his five acre property on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in the heart of Kennedy Meadows. In 2007, Tom began expanding his efforts by creating The Kennedy Meadows Cyber Café. The Cyber Café has eight laptops on a DSL connection and is housed in a 1956 40′ Stream Liner Trailer. The Cyber Café operates totally on the donations of the hikers and others that may be staying in the surrounding Kennedy Meadows campgrounds.

Hike the PCT Kennedy Meadows Home | Home of the Kennedy Meadows Cyber Cafe & Tom’s Place Hiker Retreat |


PCT(Pacific Crest Trail) town guide. | As The Crow Flies

This looks like t great info source for planning to hike the Pacific Crest Trail!

PCT(Pacific Crest Trail) town guide. | As The Crow Flies.