My journal of my PCT hike can be found here.

My name is Bruce Nelson, aka Buck. On the long trails I follow the tradition of using my “trail name,” Colter. In 2010 I’m going to attempt a 2,650-mile hike of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT.) This trail roughly follows the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, and then the Cascade Mountains of Northern California, Oregon and Washington. It starts at the border of Mexico and California and finishes on the Washington/Canada border. About 300 people a year attempt to “thru-hike” the whole trail, and according to the Pacific Crest Trail Association, about 60% finish.

I like to pack light, and will be doing so again on this hike. I’ve posted my gear list here.

There is more information about the Pacific Crest Trail to be found at the links to the right and in the top menu: Thru-Hikes > Pacific Crest Trail

Please scroll down to see a list of “trail towns” and for a map of the trail’s route. And if you like maps, make sure you check out the link for the Postholer maps of the PCT. Really interesting!

Using Craig’s PCT Planner I generated a general hike plan. I am a firm believer in modifying a hike plan as necessary. Weather, fitness, snow levels, the fun factor, etc. will all play a role in changes made along the way, but this plan will still likely be in the ballpark and give a good idea of days between resupply points, etc. I’ll be starting out fairly slow, as I’m starting reasonably early in the season. This will give me plenty of time to get in good shape and give the snow in the high Sierras more time to melt. Sounds like that might be an especially good idea this year!

Section mi/day ft/day Distance (mi) Elev. Gain (ft) Days Arrival
Campo (start) 4-21-10
Campo to Warner Springs 12.9 1052 110.6 8985 8.5 5-01-10
Warner Springs to Idylwild 12.2 1791 69.6 10211 5.7 5-07-10
Idylwild to Big Bear City 13.3 1703 96.1 12307 7.2 5-14-10
Big Bear City to Wrightwood 13.8 1242 89.6 8090 6.5 5-21-10
Wrightwood to Agua Dulce 13.4 1573 89.0 10428 6.6 5-29-10
Agua Dulce to Tehachapi 16.4 1871 100.2 11427 6.1 6-04-10
Tehachapi to Kennedy Meadows 14.4 1625 141.9 16045 9.9 6-15-10
Kennedy Meadows to Vermillion Valley Resort 18.6 3110 174.3 29128 9.4 6-24-10
Vermillion Valley Resort to Red’s Meadow 18.9 2882 29.4 4484 1.6 6-26-10
Red’s Meadow to Tuolumne Meadows 19.4 2485 36.1 4626 1.9 6-29-10
Tuolumne Meadows to Sonora Pass 18.7 3005 76.4 12250 4.1 7-04-10
Sonora Pass to Echo Lake Resort 20.0 2003 76.2 7635 3.8 7-09-10
Echo Lake Resort to Sierra City 19.9 2069 102.1 10606 5.1 7-14-10
Sierra City to Belden 19.6 2357 91.7 11056 4.7 7-19-10
Belden to Chester 19.0 2808 46.5 6875 2.4 7-21-10
Chester to Old Station 20.4 1658 41.9 3400 2.1 7-23-10
Old Station to Burney Falls State Park 21.6 687 45.9 1457 2.1 7-25-10
Burney Falls State Park to Castella 20.1 1938 82.9 8000 4.1 7-30-10
Castella to Etna 19.7 2205 99.8 11144 5.1 8-04-10
Etna to Seiad Valley 20.6 1518 56.8 4185 2.8 8-07-10
Seiad Valley to Ashland 18.8 2923 64.5 10002 3.4 8-12-10
Ashland to Crater Lake Post Office 20.1 1888 105.4 9883 5.2 8-17-10
Crater Lake Post Office to Cascade Summit 20.5 1638 79.6 6376 3.9 8-21-10
Cascade Summit to Elk Lake Resort 20.5 1577 46.1 3541 2.2 8-23-10
Elk Lake Resort to Sisters 19.8 2142 31.0 3350 1.6 8-24-10
Sisters to Big Lake Youth Camp 19.7 2246 11.4 1300 0.6 8-25-10
Big Lake Youth Camp to Timberline Lodge 19.9 2069 106.4 11055 5.3 8-30-10
Timberline Lodge to Cascade Locks 20.4 1710 49.3 4140 2.4 9-03-10
Cascade Locks to White Pass 19.1 2692 148.1 20837 7.7 9-11-10
White Pass to Snoqualime Pass 20.2 1848 98.6 9025 4.9 9-15-10
Snoqualime Pass to Skykomish 18.4 3308 74.5 13420 4.1 9-20-10
Skykomish to Stehekin 18.5 3169 97.8 16720 5.3 9-26-10
Stehekin to Manning Park 19.1 2734 88.8 12723 4.7 9-30-10

Yogi's Handbook Map
Original map from Yogi’s PCT Handbook which is generally considered to be required reading for a PCT Thru-hike. Yogi knows the answers to the standard thru-hiker questions. Gear, when to hike, where to mail supplies, permits, and much more.

Postholer has awesome maps.

Check them out. The PCT is displayed on your choice of satellite maps, terrain maps, road maps etc. It will plot where the towns are, the standard mail drop points, even allows you to choose photos of strategic spots. Very cool!