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
San Diego, CA 92127
Todd’s Desert Hiking Guide
When you are out in the middle of nowhere communing with the cacti make no mistake – you are on your own!
International Alpine Guides & California Alpine Guides
We offer trekking and backpacking trips on our home turf in California, as well as in the Swiss and Italian Alps. Since the days of John Muir’s ramblings through Yosemite and the “range of light”, California’s Sierra Nevada has provided some of the world’s premier trekking and backpacking. Come join us on a spectacular wilderness hike and let us show you some of the special places we know.
We know California!
In addition to our schedlued trips, we can also arrange Custom Trekking & Backpacking Trips
I saw this information online and asked Piper’s Mom if I could post it up here and so here it is: Hope this helps you along your hike!
“Drakesbad is open to hikers and seems this year, with new management, is more hiker friendly than with the last managers. Breakfast and lunch are about $12-14. There is a special hiker dinner for about $14 and you do not need reservations. If you want the 5-star menu it is about $22 and reservations are required. There is no laundry, being renovated. Do your laundry in Chester. There is a new shower for hikers only and pool use will be considered on a hiker-by-hiker basis. All of this is from my memory because I am away from my information, but it’s close. Good luck, it’s a wonderful place.
Here is some more information about Drakesbad http://drakesbad.com/
Drakesbad Guest Ranch
End of Warner Valley Road
Chester, CA 96020
Drakesbad Guest Ranch
2150 Main St., Ste. 5
Red Bluff, CA 96080
Phone: (866) 999-0914
Fax: (530) 529-4511
There is a German PCT thru couple in Mt Laguna that want to bump up to Kennedy Meadows. Can someone tell me the bus & train rides that get you from San Diego to the bus that goes up the 395. I’ve seen the info posted here before, but can’t find it. Her name is Kristina Bruening, and she is about to request addition to this group.
Dave SuperO.K. think I’ve got it. They can take Amtrak train from downtown San San Diego to LAX, then Amtrak bus LAX to Mojave. Then, the ESTA Bus above from Mojave to Inyokern & hitch to Kennedy Meadows from there. Also, the bus from Pine Valley to San Diego is the 888. http://tickets.amtrak.com/itd/amtrak
Dave SuperEric B. Fuller I see this question come up every year, do you have a place on http://planhike.com/ to put this info? Also, Alaska Air has a daily flight from San Diego to Mammoth. https://www.alaskaair.com/Shopping/Flights/Shop
Donna L-Rod SaufleyDave, they also have the option of taking the Metrolink Antelope Valley Line from LA Union Station to Lancaster, where they can pick up the Eastern Sierra Transit bus. The trains are very nice and easy to ride (from them from one termius to the other). http://www.metrolinktrains.com/…/service_id/1142.html
The Localhikes web site provides information on local hiking opportunities near both large and small metropolitan areas in the United States. You can find the perfect trail by selecting your metro area below to browse the available hikes, or by using the search feature to find the trails closest to your home or office. The hikes on this site were contributed by volunteer LocalHikes reporters from around the country.
To venture into the wilderness, hikers need to learn how to deal safely and wisely with all its challenges. A mistake in the backcountry will only send you home hurt and sorry you went, if you get home at all. So, they need to be made aware of the hazards and risks involved before they step away from home. This is where we come in!
Back in 1974 at the age of 17, our founder, Ned Tibbits, “thru-hiked” for five-and-a-half months from Mexico to Canada on the newly-created Pacific Crest Trail. During this time he felt the Spirit of Christ in the mountains, but not yet in his own life. Nevertheless, the expedition changed him by awakening his heart and quickening his spirit to the voice of his Father God. This is what being in the wilderness-presence of God can do for you, but many do not recognize this!
There was an event at the beginning of this journey, on one trailside night in Southern California, Ned noticed five college students huddled together for warmth on the snow in the dark in the middle of a mountain meadow. Ned was camped nearby and was suddenly and unexpectedly made aware of their crisis when another lost hiker asked for help to find the trail back to town. It was then as the evening grew dark, after Ned showed the lost hiker the way to go, that he heard the group’s voices from the nearby meadow.
As he headed in their direction, he found the five dressed in summer shorts and tennis shoes and shivering uncontrollably from the early stages of deadly hypothermia. Knowing they needed hope and direction, he showed them the trail and how to get back to town. It was afterwards in his tent that God showed Ned that people have a need for wilderness, but must respect it first, if they wish to enjoy its benefits.
Mountain Education started out in 1982 as “Mariah Mountaineering” teaching backpackers how to extend their hiking seasons by learning how to snow-camp. In our minds, wilderness fun is maximized through good Planning, Preparation, and a healthy awareness of the “Realities of the Trail.” It is all about “Staying Found,” “Playing Safe,” and returning home with lots of stories of fun and excitement to share with friends!
These are the Marijuana laws of the Pacific Crest Trail
Ballot Proposition 215 (45 KB) — Approved Nov. 5, 1996 by 56% of voters
Effective: Nov. 6, 1996
Removes state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana by patients who possess a “written or oral recommendation” from their physician that he or she “would benefit from medical marijuana.” Patients diagnosed with any debilitating illness where the medical use of marijuana has been “deemed appropriate and has been recommended by a physician” are afforded legal protection under this act.
Approved Conditions: AIDS, anorexia, arthritis, cachexia, cancer, chronic pain, glaucoma, migraine, persistent muscle spasms, including spasms associated with multiple sclerosis, seizures, including seizures associated with epilepsy, severe nausea; Other chronic or persistent medical symptoms.
Amended: Senate Bill 420 (70 KB)
Effective: Jan. 1, 2004
Imposes statewide guidelines outlining how much medicinal marijuana patients may grow and possess.
Possession/Cultivation: Qualified patients and their primary caregivers may possess no more than eight ounces of dried marijuana and/or six mature (or 12 immature) marijuana plants. However, S.B. 420 allows patients to possess larger amounts of marijuana when recommended by a physician. The legislation also allows counties and municipalities to approve and/or maintain local ordinances permitting patients to possess larger quantities of medicinal pot than allowed under the new state guidelines.
S.B. 420 also grants implied legal protection to the state’s medicinal marijuana dispensaries, stating, “Qualified patients, persons with valid identification cards, and the designated primary caregivers of qualified patients … who associate within the state of California in order collectively or cooperatively to cultivate marijuana for medical purposes, shall not solely on the basis of that fact be subject to state criminal sanctions.”
4: [Editor’s Note: On Jan. 21, 2010, the California Supreme Court affirmed (S164830 (300 KB)) the May 22, 2008 Second District Court of Appeals ruling (50 KB) in the Kelly Case that the possession limits set by SB 420 violate the California constitution because the voter-approved Prop. 215 can only be amended by the voters.
ProCon.org contacted the California Medical Marijuana Program (MMP) on Dec. 6, 2010 to ask 1) how the ruling affected the implementation of the program, and 2) what instructions are given to patients regarding possession limits. A California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Office of Public Affairs representative wrote the following in a Dec. 7, 2010 email to ProCon.org: “The role of MMP under Senate Bill 420 is to implement the State Medical Marijuana ID Card Program in all California counties. CDPH does not oversee the amounts that a patient may possess or grow. When asked what a patient can possess, patients are referred to www.courtinfo.ca.gov, case S164830 which is the Kelly case, changing the amounts a patient can possess from 8 oz, 6 mature plants or 12 immature plants to ‘the amount needed for a patient’s personal use.’ MMP can only cite what the law says.”
According to a Jan. 21, 2010 article titled “California Supreme Court Further Clarifies Medical Marijuana Laws,” by Aaron Smith, California Policy Director at the Marijuana Policy Project, the impact of the ruling is that people growing more than 6 mature or 12 immature plants are still subject to arrest and prosecution, but they will be allowed to use a medical necessity defense in court.]
Attorney General’s Guidelines:
On Aug. 25, 2008, California Attorney General Jerry Brown issued guidelines for law enforcement and medical marijuana patients to clarify the state’s laws. Read more about the guidelines here.
Ballot Measure 67 (75 KB) — Approved by 55% of voters on Nov. 3, 1998
Effective: Dec. 3, 1998
Removes state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana by patients who possess a signed recommendation from their physician stating that marijuana “may mitigate” his or her debilitating symptoms.
Approved Conditions: Cancer, glaucoma, positive status for HIV/AIDS, or treatment for these conditions; A medical condition or treatment for a medical condition that produces cachexia, severe pain, severe nausea, seizures, including seizures caused by epilepsy, or persistent muscle spasms, including spasms caused by multiple sclerosis. Other conditions are subject to approval by the Health Division of the Oregon Department of Human Resources.
Possession/Cultivation: A registry identification cardholder or the designated primary caregiver of the cardholder may possess up to six mature marijuana plants and 24 ounces of usable marijuana. A registry identification cardholder and the designated primary caregiver of the cardholder may possess a combined total of up to 18 marijuana seedlings. (per Oregon Revised Statutes ORS 475.300 — ORS 475.346) (52 KB)
Amended: Senate Bill 1085 (52 KB)
Effective: Jan. 1, 2006
State-qualified patients who possess cannabis in amounts exceeding the new state guidelines will no longer retain the ability to argue an “affirmative defense” of medical necessity at trial. Patients who fail to register with the state, but who possess medical cannabis in amounts compliant with state law, still retain the ability to raise an “affirmative defense” at trial.
The law also redefines “mature plants” to include only those cannabis plants that are more than 12 inches in height and diameter, and establish a state-registry for those authorized to produce medical cannabis to qualified patients.
Amended: House Bill 3052
Effective: July 21, 1999
Mandates that patients (or their caregivers) may only cultivate marijuana in one location, and requires that patients must be diagnosed by their physicians at least 12 months prior to an arrest in order to present an “affirmative defense.” This bill also states that law enforcement officials who seize marijuana from a patient pending trial do not have to keep those plants alive. Last year the Oregon Board of Health approved agitation due to Alzheimer’s disease to the list of debilitating conditions qualifying for legal protection.
In August 2001, program administrators filed established temporary procedures further defining the relationship between physicians and patients. The new rule defines attending physician as “a physician who has established a physician/patient relationship with the patient;… is primarily responsible for the care and treatment of the patients;… has reviewed a patient’s medical records at the patient’s request, has conducted a thorough physical examination of the patient, has provided a treatment plan and/or follow-up care, and has documented these activities in a patient file.”
Amended: SB 281 (25 KB)
Signed by Gov. John Kitzhaber on June 6, 2013
Adds post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to the list of approved conditions for medical marijuana use.
Amended: HB 3460 (50 KB)
Signed by Gov. John Kitzhaber on Aug. 14, 2013
Creates a dispensary program by allowing the state licensing and regulation of medical marijuana facilities to transfer marijuana to registry identification cardholders or their designated primary caregivers.
[Editor’s Note: On Nov. 2, 2010, 55.79% of Oregon Voters rejected Measure 74 (100 KB), which would have allowed for the creation of state-regulated dispensaries.]
Chapter 69.51A RCW (4KB) Ballot Initiative I-692 — Approved by 59% of voters on Nov. 3, 1998
Effective: Nov. 3, 1998
Removes state-level criminal penalties on the use, possession and cultivation of marijuana by patients who possess “valid documentation” from their physician affirming that he or she suffers from a debilitating condition and that the “potential benefits of the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the health risks.”
Approved Conditions: Cachexia; cancer; HIV or AIDS; epilepsy; glaucoma; intractable pain (defined as pain unrelieved by standard treatment or medications); and multiple sclerosis. Other conditions are subject to approval by the Washington Board of Health.
Possession/Cultivation: Patients (or their primary caregivers) may legally possess or cultivate no more than a 60-day supply of marijuana. The law does not establish a state-run patient registry.
Amended: Senate Bill 6032 (29 KB)
Effective: 2007 (rules being defined by Legislature with a July 1, 2008 due date)
Amended: Final Rule (123 KB) based on Significant Analysis (370 KB)
Effective: Nov. 2, 2008
Approved Conditions: Added Crohn’s disease, Hepatitis C with debilitating nausea or intractable pain, diseases, including anorexia, which result in nausea, vomiting, wasting, appetite loss, cramping, seizures, muscle spasms, or spasticity, when those conditions are unrelieved by standard treatments or medications.
Possession/Cultivation: A qualifying patient and designated provider may possess a total of no more than twenty-four ounces of usable marijuana, and no more than fifteen plants. This quantity became the state’s official “60-day supply” on Nov. 2, 2008.
[Editor’s Note: On Jan. 21, 2010, the Supreme Court of the State of Washington ruled that Ballot Initiative “I-692 did not legalize marijuana, but rather provided an authorized user with an affirmative defense if the user shows compliance with the requirements for medical marijuana possession.” State v. Fry (125 KB)
ProCon.org contacted the Washington Department of Health to ask whether it had received any instructions in light of this ruling. Kristi Weeks, Director of Policy and Legislation, stated the following in a Jan. 25, 2010 email response to ProCon.org:
“The Department of Health has a limited role related to medical marijuana in the state of Washington. Specifically, we were directed by the Legislature to determine the amount of a 60 day supply and conduct a study of issues related to access to medical marijuana. Both of these tasks have been completed. We have maintained the medical marijuana webpage for the convenience of the public.
The department has not received ‘any instructions’ in light of State v. Fry. That case does not change the law or affect the 60 day supply. Chapter 69.51A RCW, as confirmed in Fry, provides an affirmative defense to prosecution for possession of marijuana for qualifying patients and caregivers.”]
Amended: SB 5073 (375 KB)
Effective: July 22, 2011
Gov. Christine Gregoire signed sections of the bill and partially vetoed others, as explained in the Apr. 29, 2011 veto notice. (50 KB) Gov. Gregoire struck down sections related to creating state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries and a voluntary patient registry.
[Editor’s Note: On Nov. 6, 2012, Washington voters passed Initiative 502, which allows the state to “license and regulate marijuana production, distribution, and possession for persons over 21 and tax marijuana sales.” The website for Washington’s medical marijuana program states that the intiative “does not amend or repeal the medical marijuana laws (chapter 69.51A RCW) in any way. The laws relating to authorization of medical marijuana by healthcare providers are still valid and enforceable.”]