Thanks to so many diligent hikers who blog, write books, create maps and dedicated software for the PCT, there’s a ton of information available to help first time thru-hikers like me. This is what I’ve used as research thus far:

PCT Handbook website image Oct 2011


Even a first timer like me knows to read Yogi’s PCT Handbook. What did hikers do before this? I recommend to start by ordering this book. You’ll receive the Planning Guide and the Trail Tips and Town Guide. Read the Planning Guide before you do ANYTHING! Then re-read specific sections as they become more relevant to your prep. If you don’t live in the US or Canada like me it will cost you just over $80, but it’s worth every cent and will save you money in the long run. Go on, order it now! And no, I don’t receive free copies, royalties or additional love for this plug!

Pacific Crest Trail Data Book – I haven’t used this book yet but it literally tells you everything you’ll encounter on the trail from water sources to showers to grocery stores. I still need to get used to EVERYTHING being measures in miles. I hope to have mastered the imperial system by the end of this trip. I bought this book on Amazon for about $11.

Wild – From lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail, by Cheryl Strayed. I wasn’t going to read this novel written by a woman who solo hiked the PCT when she was 26, but a friend sent it to me for my birthday. I plan to read it before the hike!


My all time favourite: Erin “Wired” Saver’s blog which I continue to visit for advice and inspiration. Erin completed the PCT in 2011 and is now attempting to complete the Triple Crown – PCT, Continental Divide Trail (CDT in 2013) and the Appalachian Trail (AT).

Stein’s Pacific Crest Trail Journal 2012 – I only read bits and pieces from this one but enjoyed it non-the-less.

Wandering the Wild – these guys have the best info on food which is definitely my weak point.

Best Q&A – not sure how I came across this one now but it’s a great read.


The PCT Library –


PCT Website –

Plan Your Hike –

Craig’s PCT Planner –

Wikipedia –

Annual Day Zero PCT Kick Off (ADZPCTKO) – 

Pacific Crest Trail 101: How to Hike 2,650 Miles and Survive –


Outdoor Herbivore –

Mountain House –

Pack Light, Eat Right –

One Pan Wonders –

Knorr noodles (everyone seems to recommend these) –

Kirkland Trail Mix –


PCT Food and Resupply info – –

Wandering the Wild –


PCT Permits-

Entry into Canada via the PCT form –


Erin ‘Wired’ Saver –

Tent –

Backpack –

Backpack forum –

Stove –

Alcohol stoves (homemade) –

Shoes –

Shoe review –

Water filter –

Water filter pen –


Halfmiles’ PCT Maps and GPS info (FREE maps – thank you!!) –

Halfmiles PCT Map app –

John Muir Trail maps by Tom Harrison (for the Sierra’s) –

iPhone app –

Hike Your Own Hike (HYOH) iPhone app –


Gottawalk (check out their whole blog, it’s mind blowing) –

Rachel & Scott’s 2650 mile adventure –

Water Reports:

PCT Water Report Southern California –

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