Pacific Crest Trail

Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike

The Pacific Crest Trail
2,650 mile Adventure in 134 days

Follow the adventure of Ben & Billy tackling the Pacific Crest Trail spanning from Mexico to Canada. The Pacific Crest Trail took 4.5 months to hike through California, Oregon and Washington from May 15, 2006 to September 25, 2006.

The Pacific Crest Trail is the sister to the Appalachain Trail and the second of the Triple Crown (Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail). Both the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail were recognized as National Scenic Trails in 1968. The Pacific Crest Trail was officially completed in 1993.

The distance between Mexico and Canada only being 1,000 miles seems short in comparison to the Pacific Crest Trail stretching two and a half times that. Switchbacks, desert, snow, and fire take the Pacific Crest Trail journal deep into our daily trail life- from Ben’s relentless bickering remarks to the picturesque snow-capped mountaintops we got lost trekking over. An enticing trail, the Pacific Crest Trail is not to be missed.


Pacific Crest Trail Hiker Food Box

See the Tips & Tricks used to Thru Hike the Pacific Crest Trail. With only One Food Drop Box, we thru hiked the Pacific Crest Trail. We want to help those that follow; and let others know how we accomplished our thru hike. Food is a major undertaking for most thru hikers, but it does not need to be! You can hike the Pacific Crest Trail without any Food Drops, and with little trouble.

We laid it out for you in a neat little table: Miles, Days to Hike section, Where we bought our Food, What we bought for Food, and How we would go about our Food Resupply on the next thru hike.


See who supported Ben & Billy along the Pacific Crest Trail…
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Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike Photos Follow the Guys day-by-day for the 134 day trek of the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail. The Photos are divided in to our daily hiked sections. The Photos were taken by both Ben & Billy for a collection containing over 7,700 images along the Pacific Crest Trail.
Pacific Crest Trail Gear Check out Ben & Billy’s Pacific Crest Trail Gear & Equipment.
Pacific Crest Trail Journal 134 days of Pacific Crest Trail journal.
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Pacific Crest Trail Podcasts

Ben explains his PCT gear, approach to hiking, and experiences to  Podcast BackpackingLight UK before he sets out on the Pacific Crest Trail. (43 mins, Podcast).

Ben’s follow up interview to the Podcast Pacific Crest Trail thru hike. Ben is questioned about life on the trail, equipment, supplies, dangers, acclimating, and lessons learned during the adventure. The podcast is 45 minutes long, in MP3 format.

Books read for the Pacific Crest Trail…
Pacific Crest Trail Hiker's Companion Book
Pacific Crest Trail Handbook
Pacific Crest Trail Data Book
Pacific Crest Trail Town Guide Book
The Pacific Crest Trail
-A Hiker’s Companion-
Pacific Crest Trail
-Data Book-
Pacific Crest Trail
-Town Guide-
Help Planning your PCT Hike:
Airline Tickets: PCT Hiking Permits: End of the Trail Accommodations:
One Way, San Diego
Kayak, Travelocity, Priceline
Thru Hike, Mt Whitney, Canada, & Fire Vancouver Hotels/Motels
1.800.HELLO.BC (Website)Seattle Hotels/Motels
1.800.535.7071 (Website)

Pacific Crest Trail Resupply

How we Resupplied on our Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike

The Pacific Crest Trail is a little different from the Appalachian Trail. You will be hiking 100 miles instead of 50 – 70 miles before your next resupply. You are not walking in to town, you will need to hitch. Not every town has a full grocery store in town. Some resupplies were done in gas stations, several times in a row, for weeks. Our hiking allowed us to be able to resupply every 3.5 – 4 days for a 100 mile stretch. We enjoy stopping as often as possible, but we hike 30+ miles a day. A gas station that is 1 mile off the trail is worth resupplying; rather than trying to carry two more days of food and not stopping at the gas station.

You can hike the Pacific Crest Trail without any Food Drops and with little trouble.

Pacific Crest Trail Hiker Food Box

The key to success is to find out what you enjoy eating and can be stocked easily. We never knew Beef Jerky is sold in every gas station and store in America. Pop Tarts are too! Candy Bars and Potatoe Chips have variety and taste good whole or crunched. In the High Sierras, We carried 9 days of food in a Golite Breeze without resupplying all the way from the Kennedy Meadows Store (mile 702.8) to Mammoth Lakes (mile 906.6). Resupplying is not difficult on the Pacific Crest Trail. We only had one Food Drop Box for 2,650 miles; and that was for our 9 day stint in the High Sierras. The Food Drop at Kennedy Meadows could have been avoided had we wanted to stop in Independence, Bishop, VVR.

We want to help those that follow. Below is a list of our Resupplies on our Thru Hike of the Pacific Crest Trail.

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Distance
Days to Hike Section Where we Did It!
What we might Do Next Time / Notes
1
0 – 77.6
El Cajon to Julian
4
El Cajon (Full Grocery Store) Could have bought everything out of Campo Trading Post (but Post is Limited), good for snacks
2
77.6 – 109.6
Julian to Warner Springs
1.5
Julian Market & Deli (Medium Store) Two stores to resupply. Jack’s Grocery- limited supplies and more pricey. Julian Market- Full Resupply with fruits and vegetables
3
109.6 – 151.3
Warner Springs to Idyllwild
2
Warner Springs gas station (Small Store) Purchased Pop Tarts, Chips, Candy Bars, Ramen (Very small gas station, but Attendant supplies towards Hikers’ needs. Gas Station is aware of Hikers)
4
151.3 – 265.3
Idyllwild to Big Bear
4.5
Fairway Foods (Full Grocery Store) Fairway Foods is large store hidden in shopping center with Post Office behind European bakery. Fairway Foods doesn’t carry name brands in all products
5
265.3 – 342.1
Big Bear to Cajon Pass
2.5
Vons (Full Grocery Store) Two stores in town. Vons was nicer and had everything.

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342.1 – 454.9
Cajon Pass to Aqua Dulce
3.5
Chevron gas station (Small Store) Not the easiest of resupplies. Pop Tarts, Potatoe Chips, Ramen, Candy Bars, Fruit. Expensive, but this stop helped us to make it 4 days on this food and how to deal with other resupplies to come.
7
454.9 – 518.4
Aqua Dulce to Highway 138
2.25
Sweetwater Farms (Full Grocery Store) Great Grocery Store with coffee, milkshakes, fruit. Resupplied for most of High Sierras 9 day supply here.
8
518.4 to 566.6
Highway 138 to Tehachapi
1.5
The Country Store (Small Store) Chairs, table, milk, ice cream. Very Limited, but doable.
9
566.6 – 652
Tehachapi to Onyx
3
Albertson’s (Full Grocery Store) Full Resupply in Tehachapi
10
652 – 702.8
Onyx to Kennedy Meadows
2
Gas Station (Small Store) Could be a tough hitch, little traffic. Restaurant was closed. Probably would skip Onyx next time.
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702.8 – 906.6
Kennedy Meadows to Mammoth Lakes
10
Aqua Dulce (Full Resupply) We spent our time in Aqua Dulce to prepare for the High Sierras. With the Saufley’s help, you can get to ALL the grocery stores you would need. Could have resupplied from Kennedy Meadows General Store to one of the stops in High Sierras (Independence, Bishop, VVR). Don’t think you would want to rely on making it from Kennedy Meadows General Store to Mammoth Lakes just from Kennedy Meadows General Store…they do run out of supplies.
12
906.6 – 1018.3
Mammoth Lakes to Bridgeport
3.5
Vons (Full Grocery Store)
13
1018.3 – 1094.5
Bridgeport to South Lake Tahoe
2.5
Buster’s Market (Medium Grocery Store) Buster’s is pricey.
14
1094.5 – 1155.8
South Lake Tahoe to Soda Springs
1.5
Safeway (Full Grocery Store)
15
1155.8 – 1197.6
Soda Springs to Sierra City
1.5
Soda Springs General Store (Small Grocery Store) Enough to survive to get you to Sierra City.
16
1197.6 – 1265.4
Sierra City to Bucks Lake
2.25
Sierra City Country Store (Small/Medium Grocery Store) Great Store. Does not have everything, but more than enough to Bucks Lake, or Belden.
17
1265.4 – 1289.3
Bucks Lake to Belden
1.25
Bucks Lake Restaurant & Store Very pricey, and Limited. Would resupply from Sierra City to Belden. Good place to top off snacks (Pop Tarts, Candy Bars)
18
1289.3 – 1335.8
Belden to Chester
1.5
Caribou Crossroads Store (very small store) Very, very limited. Ramen, Pop Tarts. The hardest resupply and for only 46 miles to Chester. If hikers get backed up in Belden, Caribou will be even more limited. If you can resupply here, you are golden the rest of the way. Do NOT count on Belden Resort. The Resort only carried canned goods, that is it! No resupply here. Canned Drinks were $1. Just plan on skipping the Belden Resort, unless you want an adventure with the locals.
19
1335.8 – 1377.7
Chester to Old Station
1.5
Holiday Foods (Full Grocery Store)
20
1377.7 – 1415.9
Old Station to Town of Burney
1.25
Old Station Convenience Store (Small Store) Limited Resupply. Jerky, Ramen, Pop Tarts, Potatoe Chips. Small Cook Counter with ice cream and milkshakes. Buy Snacks only here to get you to the Town of Burney.
21
1415.9 – 1506.5
Town of Burney to Mt Shasta
3
Safeway (Full Grocery Store) Burney Falls State Park (mile 1423.9) has snacks and microwaveable foods. Can eat a meal/snack here and avoid taking it from Burney.
22
1506.5 – 1606.3
Mt Shasta to Etna
3
Ray’s Food (Full Grocery Store) Berryvale Natural Food Store next door to Post Office.
23
1606.3 – 1662.1
Etna to Seiad Valley
Closed to Fires
Ray’s Food (Medium Grocery Store) Resupplied here for Seiad Valley to Ashland.
24
1662.1 – 1726.6
Seiad Valley to Ashland
2
Seiad Valley Store (Small Store) Snacks. Carry dinners from Etna.
25
1726.6 – 1830.4
Ashland to Crater Lake (Mazama Village)
3
Albertsons (Full Grocery Store) There are a number of Grocery Stores in town. Food Co-Op has variety for specialty shopper.
26
1830.4 – 1912.2
Crater Lake (Mazama Village) to Shelter Cove Resort
2.25
Mazama Village Store (Small Store) New Store and Restaurant. Store was well Stocked for a small store. Restaurant has buffet.
27
1912.2 – 1958.3 Shelter Cove Resort to Elk Lake Resort
1.5
Shelter Cove Store (Small Store) Very Expensive. Limited, but doable.
28
1958.3 – 1989.5
Elk Lake Resort to McKenzie Pass
1
Elk Lake Resort (very very limited supplies) Only has small amounts of jerky. Less than 10 items you could take with you, and it’s expensive. Only come here for a meal, and they may be closed. The power went out when we were there, and they would not help anyone – you’d be stuck.
Trail Closed due to Fires.
29
2053.1 – 2155
Olallie Lake Resort to Cascade Locks
3
Purchased in Portland
30
2155 – 2302.5
Cascade Locks to White Pass
4.5
Columbia Market (Medium Grocery Store) Stabler’s Country Store (mile 2189.1) – Geared towards hikers. Snacks and resupply to top off from Cascade Locks. No need to carry snacks here from Cascade Locks. Wish I would have known. Friendly store owner.
31
2302.5 – 2401.7
White Pass to Snoqualmie Pass
2.75
IGA (Medium / Full Grocery Store) in Packwood
32
2401.7 – 2476.3
Snoqualmie Pass to Skykomish
2.75
Chevron + small grocery store Small grocery store has a fair amount of supplies for hikers, added with Chevron, it worked.
33
2476.3 – 2564.1
Skykomish to Stehekin
3.5
Chevron (Small Store) + Skykomish Deli / Bakery Between the Chevron and the Bakery you can make it.
34
2574.1 – 2663.5
Stehekin to Manning Park Lodge
2.75
Stehekin Bakery + Lodge Store (very small store) Both places are Expensive. Carry cinnamon rolls, sandwiches, brownies from the Bakery. The Lodge Store only has cup-o-soups, candy bars, small bags of chips. You can make It!

 

Help Planning your PCT Hike:
Airline Tickets: PCT Hiking Permits: End of the Trail Accommodations:
One Way, San Diego
Kayak, Travelocity, Priceline
Thru Hike, Mt Whitney, Canada, & Fire Vancouver Hotels/Motels
1.800.HELLO.BC (Website) Seattle Hotels/Motels
1.800.535.7071 (Website)

Pacific Crest Trail Photos

Navigate through 7,500+ photos taken by Ben & Billy on their 2006 Thru Hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. This page is designed to help you search by: Day, Trail Covered, Miles, Number of Photos, Highlights of Section, and a Rating of the section hiked. Enjoy!

 

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Miles: 20.6 Miles: 27.3 Miles: 23.1 Miles: 6.2
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Highlights: Mexican Border, Campo, Snake, Mountains Already?, Trail Markings Highlights: PCT Photo Logo Highlights: Water Sources, Plants Highlights: Julian
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Miles: 0 Miles: 15.8 Miles: 22 Miles: 26.4
# of Photos: 5 # of Photos: 31 # of Photos: 16 # of Photos: 56
Highlights: Highlights: Highlights: Eagle Rock, Warner Springs Highlights: Desert Plants
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Miles: 9.6 Miles: 19.1 Miles: 20 Miles: 23.6
# of Photos: 27 # of Photos: 35 # of Photos: 115 # of Photos: 96
Highlights: Paradise Corner Cafe, Idyllwild, Totem Pole Highlights: Highlights: Mt. San Jacinto, Snow, 10,000 ft Highlights: Burned Trail, Lost
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Miles: 25.3 Miles: 25.8 Miles: 0.2 Miles: 8.2
# of Photos: 61 # of Photos: 14 # of Photos: 5 # of Photos: 8
Highlights: Wind farms Highlights: San Bernardino Group Camp Highlights: Big Bear City Highlights: Big Bear City, Ben’s Head
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Miles: 30.1 Miles: 31.4 Miles: 7.1 Miles: 21.4
# of Photos: 68 # of Photos: 73 # of Photos: 18 # of Photos: 33
Highlights: Highlights: Deep Creek, Little Horsethief Canyon Highlights: Highlights: Cajon Pass, Acorn Canyon Trail
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Miles: 24.3 Miles: 31.4 Miles: 33.1 Miles: 3.5
# of Photos: 97 # of Photos: 73 # of Photos: 70 # of Photos: 39
Highlights: Baden-Powell Mountain, Mt. Williamson Highlights: Deep Creek, Little Horsethief Canyon Highlights: Mill Creek Ranger Station Highlights: The Saufleys, Agua Dulce
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Miles: 0 Miles: 11.6 Miles: 32.3 Miles:
# of Photos: 14 # of Photos: 36 # of Photos: 27 # of Photos: 90
Highlights: Agua Dulce, “Big Red”, The Saufleys Highlights: Highlights: Ranger Station Highlights: Sawmill Campground Spur
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Miles: Miles: 0 Miles: 14.1 Miles: 29.8
# of Photos: 70 # of Photos: 7 # of Photos: 57 # of Photos: 41
Highlights: Highlights: Highlights: Tehachapi Highlights: Robin Bird Spring
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Miles: 31.6 Miles: 26 Miles: 28.1 Miles: 14.9
# of Photos: 118 # of Photos: 61 # of Photos: 68 # of Photos: 51
Highlights: Jawbone Canyon Road Highlights: Yellow Jacket Spring, Owens Peak Segment, Walker Pass Highlights: Chimney Creek Camp Highlights: Kennedy Meadows, Grumpy Bears, Kennedy Meadows General Store

Central California

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Miles: 0 Miles: 28.5 Miles: 29 Miles: 10.1
# of Photos: 12 # of Photos: 104 # of Photos: 93 # of Photos: 174
Highlights: Kennedy Meadows General Store, Irelan’s Restaurant Highlights: Sierras Highlights: Rock Creek Crossing Highlights:
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Miles: 20.1 Miles: 20.1 Miles: 24 Miles: 22.3
# of Photos: 183 # of Photos: 121 # of Photos: 60 # of Photos: 78
Highlights: Wallace Creek, Mt. Whitney Highlights: Glenn Pass, Pinchot Pass Highlights: Majorie Lake, Ranger Station, Mather Pass Highlights: Muir Pass, Evolution Creek
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North Fork Mono Creek to Mammoth Lakes
Miles: 23.3 Miles: 26.4 Miles: 0 Miles: 28.9
# of Photos: 40 # of Photos: 0 # of Photos: 12 # of Photos: 18
Highlights: Selden Pass, Bear Creek, Mono Creek, Moot Lake Highlights: Silver Pass Highlights: Mammoth Lakes Resort, Schat’s Bakery Highlights: Base Camp Restaurant, Mammoth Lakes Resort, Red’s Meadow Resort
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Miles: 27 Miles: Miles:
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Highlights: John Muir Trail, Tuolumne Meadows Highlights: Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite, John Muir Trail, Half Dome Highlights: Yosemite National Park, Half Dome, El Capitan

Northern California

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Miles: 29.3 Miles: 30 Miles: 16.3 Miles: 0
# of Photos: 54 # of Photos: 63 # of Photos: 87 # of Photos: 7
Highlights: Tuolumne Meadows Highlights: Mosquitoes, Benson Lake Trail Highlights: Sonora Pass (Hwy 108), Redwood Hotel, Rhino’s Restaurant Highlights: Bridgeport
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Miles: 10.3 Miles: 32.8 Miles: 29.1 Miles: 0
# of Photos: 31 # of Photos: 60 # of Photos: 36 # of Photos: 15
Highlights: The Barn, Mono County Jail Highlights: Pleasant Valley Trail Highlights: Pleasant Valley Trail, Hwy 88 Highlights: Hwy 50, Vagabond Hotel, Harrah’s Casino, Baja Fresh Restaurant
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Miles: 0 Miles: 15.5 Miles: 33.3 Miles: 20
# of Photos: 51 # of Photos: 46 # of Photos: 45 # of Photos: 47
Highlights: Inn-N-Out Burger, Chick-fil-A, Reno Hilton, Sierra Trading Post, South Tahoe Express Highlights: Hwy 50, Freshies Restaurant, Trolley, Echo Lake, Dick’s Pass Highlights: Lake Tahoe Highlights: Tevis Cup Trail, I-80 rest stop area
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Miles: 31.5 Miles: 17.5 Miles: 33 Miles: 29.6
# of Photos: 39 # of Photos: 59 # of Photos: 40 # of Photos: 60
Highlights: Peter Grubb Hut, Meadow Saddle Highlights: Highlights: Highlights:
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Miles: 25.6 Miles: 34.9 Miles: 2.8 Miles: 0
# of Photos: 58 # of Photos: 63 # of Photos: 20 # of Photos: 4
Highlights: Belden, Braaten’s Highlights: Soilder Creek, Halfway Point (1325 Miles) Highlights: Sports Nut, Kopper Kettle, Seneca Motel, Pine Shack Frosty Highlights: Chester
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Miles: 15.2 Miles: 30.8 Miles: 33.8 Miles: 21.4
# of Photos: 32 # of Photos: 64 # of Photos: 83 # of Photos: 74
Highlights: Highlights: Terminal Geyser, Subway Cave Highlights: Subway Cave, Hat Creek Rim Trail, Fish Hatchery, Crater Lake Highlights: HWY 299, Town of Burney, Chatty Kathy’s Restaurant, Safeway Grocery, Burney Falls, Burney Falls State Park
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Miles: 33 Miles: 32.1 Miles: 4.4 Miles: 13.6
# of Photos: 77 # of Photos: 51 # of Photos: 29 # of Photos: 30
Highlights: Section O Highlights: Highlights: Sacramento River, Mount Shasta, Travel Inn (Shasta), Billy Goat Café Highlights: Castle Crags
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Miles: 35.4 Miles: 41 Miles: 17.9 Miles: 36.8
# of Photos: 54 # of Photos: 47 # of Photos: 62 # of Photos: 43
Highlights: Castle Crags, Mount Shasta Highlights: Highlights: Etna Mountain, Bob’s Restaurant, Grandma’s House Highlights: Oregon / California border

Oregon

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Miles: 19.6 Miles: 0 Miles: 10.8 Miles: 36.7
# of Photos: 51 # of Photos: 13 # of Photos: 20 # of Photos: 43
Highlights: Ashland, Super 8 Highlights: Ashland Highlights: Super 8, Ben to East Restaurant, Library Highlights: Little Pilot Peak
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Miles: 36.5 Miles: 26.7 Miles: 39.8 Miles: 33.9
# of Photos: 55 # of Photos: 82 # of Photos: 107 # of Photos: 75
Highlights: Highlights: Mazama Village, Crater Lake Highlights: Crater Lake, Mount Thielsen, Tolo Camp Highlights: Tolo Camp
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Miles: 20.5 Miles: 36 Miles: 22.7 Miles: 0
# of Photos: 30 # of Photos: 82 # of Photos: 109 # of Photos: 16
Highlights: Shelter Cove Resort, Odell Lake, Summit Lake Campground Highlights: Elk Lake Resort, Mirror Lake Highlights: Dee Wright Observatory, Willamette National Forest, Mt. Washington Wilderness, Newman’s Fish Company Highlights: Prefontaine, Nike Factory Store, REI, Burrito Boy, University of Oregon
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Miles: 0 Miles: 0 Miles: 0 Miles: 0
# of Photos: 2 # of Photos: 17 # of Photos: 62 # of Photos: 83
Highlights: Red Rooster, Greyhound bus to Portland, Troutdale Walmart Highlights: Big Daddy’s BBQ, Mount Saint Helen, Vancouver, WA Highlights: Highlights: Latourel Falls
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Miles: 18.4 Miles: 42 Miles: Miles:
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Highlights: Highlights: Ollalie Lake Highlights: Ramona Falls, Mt. Hood Highlights: Eagle Creek Trail, Gorge Trail, Mt. Hood, Bald Mountain

Washington

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Miles: 12 Miles: 34.4 Miles: 37 Miles: 38.5
# of Photos: 101 # of Photos: 119 # of Photos: 88 # of Photos: 140
Highlights: Hood River, Washington, Columbia River, Table Mountain Highlights: Stabler’s Country Store, Huckleberry Moutain, Panther Creek, Stebbins Creek Trail, Washougal River, 3 Corner Rock Trail, Snag Creek Highlights: Indian Racetrack, 60 Road, 24 Road Highlights: Muddy Meadows Trail, Road 5603, Divide Trail, Trail 9, Lava Spring, Mt. Adams Wilderness, South Fork Muddy Creek
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Miles: 25.8 Miles: 0 Miles: 15.2 Miles: 34.6
# of Photos: 235 # of Photos: 8 # of Photos: 35 # of Photos: 165
Highlights: Coyote Trail, Clear Fork Trail, Chairlift Trail Highlights: Timberland Packwood Library Highlights: Burger Shack, Snoqualmie Pass, Highway 12 Highlights: Mount Rainier National Park, Dewey Lake, Norse Creek, Wenatchee National Forest, Big Crow Basin, Chinook Pass
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Miles: 40.1 Miles: 8.7 Miles: 22.9 Miles: 31.9
# of Photos: 114 # of Photos: 48 # of Photos: 88 # of Photos: 52
Highlights: Meadow Creek Trail, Blowout Mountain Highlights: Summit Lodge, Stampede Pass, Mirror Lake, Stirrup Lake, Snooualmie Pass, Rockdale Creek Highlights: Red Mountain Coffee Shop, Lemah Creek, Highway 90, Alpental Road Highlights: Lemah Meadow Trail, Cathedral Rock Trail, Stevens Pass, Snoqualmie Pass, Deep Lake
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Miles: 20.1 Miles: 12.1 Miles: 20.5 Miles: 30.5
# of Photos: 76 # of Photos: 35 # of Photos: 97 # of Photos: 103
Highlights: Skykomish, WA, Steven’s Mountain, Local Library, Whistling Post Bar, Sky River Inn, Cascadia Inn Highlights: Sky River Inn, Local Post Office, Sky Deli, Henry M. Jackson Wilderness Highlights: White River, Lake Sallyann, Indian Creek Trail, Pass Creek Trail, Glacier Peak Wilderness, Top Lake Trail Highlights: Boulder Pass, Napeequa Valley, Little Giant Mountain, Little River Trail, Phelps Creek, Buck Creek Trial
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Miles: 26.6 Miles: 13.6 Miles: 34.6 Miles: 33.3
# of Photos: 111 # of Photos: 97 # of Photos: 164 # of Photos: 83
Highlights: Courtney’s Stehekin Valley Ranch, Lake Chelan, North Cascades National Park Highlights: Ranger Station, Bridge Creek, Stehekin Bakery, High Bridge, Coon Lake, McGregor Trail, Bridge Creek, Old Wagon Trail Highlights: Alpine Garden Pass, Road 500, Fireweed Camp, Rainy Pass, Granite Pass Highlights: Canada, Harts Pass, Woody Pass, Pasayten Wilderness
Pacific Crest Trail Photos
PCT Photo Rating
Miles: 7.9
# of Photos: 62

Pacific Crest Trail Journal

Pacific Crest Trail Angels

 

See who supported Ben & Billy along the Pacific Crest Trail…
Our Biggest Trail Angels at Home
Jodi Robertson (Webmistress, Billy’s cousin) Debra Blohm (Ben & Billy’s Transcriber, Billy’s Mother)
– Jodi was responsible for all the Updates that occurred on PureBound.com throughout the Hike. She uploaded over 7,500 photos and published our journals. – Had the tireless job of trying to read and transcribe Ben & Billy’s scribblings of their journal for the length of the trail.
Below is a List of random strangers who took time to help Ben & Billy along their trek of the Pacific Crest Trail. I’m so taken back by how random people will help others. So I created the List to show others just how many people helped us along the way. There are many more who supported our efforts…below is a List of contacts I acquired.

 

Billy with Trail Angel Sammy

Pacific Crest Trail Angels
Trail Angels from the Trail
Date
Mile
Trail Angels
Description of Trail Magic
05/21/06
77.6
Erric (Huntington Beach, CA) Hitch from Julian to Pacific Crest Trail (13 miles)
05/24/06
151.3
Matthew B. (Anza, CA) Hitch from Paradise Cafe to Mountain Center, CA
05/24/06
151.3
Kem E. (Idyllwild, CA) Hitch from Mountain Center to Idyllwild, CA
05/25/06
151.3
Heidi S. (Mountain Center, CA) Hitch from Idyllwild to Pacific Crest Trail (15 miles)
05/31/06
265.3
Gale J. (Sugarloaf, CA) Hitch from Big Bear to Pacific Crest Trail

06/10/06 –
06/12/06

454.4
The Saufleys (Aqua Dulce, CA) Your Family on the Trail! The Saufleys open their home and hearts to ALL hikers of the Pacific Crest Trail.
06/06/06
566.6
Stuart S. (Mojave, CA) Hitch from Pacific Crest Trail to Tehachapi, CA
06/17/06
566.6
Kevin K. (Tehachapi, CA) Hitch from Tehachapi to Pacific Crest Trail
06/20/06
652.0
Laura W. aka “Okie Girl” (Altadena, CA) Hitch from Pacific Crest Trail to Onyx, CA & back to trail (35.2 miles)
06/22/06 –
06/24/06
702.8
Al, Leona, Ed – Kennedy Meadows General Store (Kennedy Meadows, CA) Hospitality & a place for hikers to stay
07/08/06
942.7
Popsicle & Katie G. (Cupertino, CA) Hitch from Yosemite Valley to Tuolumne Meadows (trail)
07/11/06
1018.3
Stephanie S. (San Francisco, CA) Hitch from Sonora Pass (trail) to Bridgeport, CA (30 miles)
07/13/06
1018.3
Cheryl & Moses L. (Hollywood, FL) Hitch from Bridgeport (Hwy 395) to Hwy 108
07/13/06
1018.3
Ralph M. (Copperopolis, CA) Hitch from Hwy 108 to Sonora Pass (trail)
07/16/06
1094.5
Ken M. (Reno, NV) Hitch from Pacific Crest Trail (Hwy 50) to South Lake Tahoe, CA (11 miles)
07/24/06
1094.5
Aaron C. (South Lake Tahoe, CA) Hitch from the “Y” in South Lake Tahoe to Echo Summit (trail)
07/26/06
1155.8
Rex H. (Grass Valley, CA) Hitch from Donner Pass (trail) to Soda Springs General Store (3.2 miles)
08/02/06
1335.8
Ed R. (Carmichael, CA) Hitch from Pacific Crest Trail to Chester, CA (8 miles)
08/04/06
1335.8
George K. (Gerber, CA) Hitch from Chester to Pacific Crest Trail (8 miles)
08/07/06
1415.9
Pat T. (Burney, CA) Hitch from Pacific Crest Trail to Burney, CA (7 miles)
08/07/06
1415.9
Brandon S. (Cassel, CA) Hitch from Burney to Pacific Crest Trail (7 miles)
08/10/06
1506.5
Ed A. (Castella, CA) Hitch from Pacific Crest Trail to Mount Shasta, CA
08/11/06
1506.5
Brent I. & Nick (Suprise, AZ) Hitch from Exit on I-5 to Pacific Crest Trail
08/14/06
1600.2
Richard W. (Sawyer’s Bar, CA) Hitch from Pacific Crest Trail to Etna, CA (10 miles)
08/14/06
1600.2
Samantha B. & her Mother (Etna, CA) Hitch from Etna to Seiad Valley, CA (trail) (60 miles) & bought us Lunch
08/16/06
1721.5
Mary E. (Medford, OR) Hitch from Hwy 99 (trail) to Ashland, OR (12 miles)
08/26/06
1929.6
Tora (McKenzie Bridge, OR) Hitch from McKenzie Pass to Eugene, OR (60 miles)
09/09/06
2298.0
Dick B. (Philomath, OR) Hitch from White Pass (trail) to Packwood, WA (20 miles)
09/11/06
2298.0
Gary W. (Winlock, WA) Hitch from Packwood, WA to White Pass (trail) (20 miles)
09/17/06
2471.6
Thayne H. (Eastsound, WA) Hitch from Steven’s Pass (trail) to Skykomish, WA (14 miles)
09/18/06
2471.6
Thor’s Mother & Father (Sebring, FL) Hitch from Skykomish Deli to Steven’s Pass (trail) (14 miles)
In Seattle
Todd (Seattle, WA) Hitch from Feathered Friends Retail Store to O.K. Corral BBQ
Our Trail Angels may not remember us…But We will remember You.
Trail Angel Letters

Pacific Crest Trail Equipment

Learn more about the guys behind the Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike

Mission of gear selection for the:   Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike

Note:  Tables labeled as follows:
First Row:
Defines function on Pacific Crest Trail Thru hike
Second Row:
Description of product,  and Owner (Ben or Billy)
Third Row:
Picture of Product
Fourth Row:
Comments Ben and Billy have about the product’s “intended” ability on a Pacific Crest Trail Thru hike.

 

Pacific Crest Trail Shelter:
Shelter (Billy & Ben): Silicone Tarp 10 x 12

Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike Tarp, Sil Nylon 10 x 12

Comments:
Billy:  A carryover from our Appalachian Trail thru hike.  Sleeps four.  I sewed on tie-outs for versatility and to pull the weight of the side walls away, which greatly increased the room.  We don’t see the need to change for the cost of a lighter model.

 

Shelter Extensions/Additions:
Insert (Billy): Homemade Bug netting and groundsheet (Ben)  Bug netting with integral groundsheet

Pacific Crest Thru Hike Homemade Bug Netting

Pacific Crest Trail thru hike bug netting

Comments:
Homemade groundsheet with bug netting.  Absolutely treasure this “one-of-a-kind” homemade product.  I still cannot think of a better product for me: against bugs, comfort (ability to eat & move around in buggy situations), and groundsheet.  Hope this will last another adventure.
Comments:
Patched together on the night before I left for Atlanta. Smaller than Billy’s, only for sleeping…not really for living in.

 

Pacific Crest Trail Shirts:
T-Shirt (Billy):  Mountain Hardwear Duration T & Mountain Hardwear Long Sleeve T-Shirt (Ben): Mountain Hardwear X-static & IceBreaker long sleeved shirt

Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike Mountain Hardwear T-shirt  Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike Mountain Hardwear Long Sleeve shirt

Pacific Crest Trail thru hike t-shirt  Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike long sleeve shirt

Comments:
Short sleeve:  Similar to my Appalachian Trail thru hike shirt (anti-microbial fabric).Long sleeve:  Same shirt I used for A.T. thru hike.  Will carry when colder.  I like its comfort and the fact that it will help keep my sleeping bag cleaner at nite.
Comments:
Short sleeve:  190g/m^2 merino wool shirt.  I’d like lighter material, but I’ll see how this works.Long sleeve:  240g/m^2 merino wool. I plan to carry this through the colder sections. It’s quite odour resistant and has thumb-loops which work pretty well to keep your hands warm.

 

Pacific Crest Trail Shorts:
Shorts (Billy): Fitness Gear Shorts (Ben): New Balance running shorts

Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike Fitness Gear shorts

Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike Nike running shorts

Comments:
Love ’em.  Ladies Luv ‘Em style.  Feel like nothing on, and dry super fast.  Used these on the A.T. thru hike, and will purchase a new pair, hopefully, before the PCT adventure.
Comments:
Like the famous “ladies love ’em style” New Balance shorts only with a slightly less risque cut and with pockets. Feel great to hike in, dry quickly, and don’t chaff.

 

Pacific Crest Trail Sun & Rain Protection:
Umbrella (Billy): Homemade $1 Store Umbrella (Ben): Goilte Dome

Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike umbrella

Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike Golite Dome umbrella

Comments:
Not a hat fan, nor for sunscreen.  So I’m thinking of using an umbrella.  Can’t really enjoy the thought of holding an umbrella for days-on-end, but we had to on the A.T.  I know I will not wear a hat, or want to be “sunscreen dirty” day-in-and-out, so I’m leaning towards an umbrella.
Comments:
I was happy with the dollar store umberllas, but this seems to be a little sturdier, if no lighter. Shade from the sun, cover from the rain.

 

Pacific Crest Trail Rain Gear:
Rain Gear (Billy): Frogg Toggs Other (Billy & Ben): Umbrella Rain Jacket (Ben):  Frogg Toggs Jacket Rain Pant and/or Skirt (Ben)

Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike Frogg Toggs

Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike Homemade umbrella

Pacific Crest Trail thru hike rain jacket - Frogg Toggs

Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike Homemade sil nylon skirt

Comments:
The Frogg Toggs provide great warmth, rain protection, and next-to-skin comfort.  The only downside is their bulkiness.  Cheap, not so attractive looking in town when laundering.
Comments:
Billy:  Homemade from the $1 store.  Still works.  I’m thinking the umbrella will play more of a roll in sun protection, than rain.Ben:  I was happy with dollar store umbrellas, but the Golite Dome seems to be a little sturdier, if no lighter. Shade from the sun, cover from the rain.
Comments:
Frogg Toggs:  Worked well on A.T. thru hike, until the material delaminated in a couple of spots.  Next-to-skin comfort is much better than the competition, which is handy when you only have one shirt and want to do laundry in town.
Comments:
Skirt: Homemade (well, hotel-room made) from a dollar store laundry bag.  Full rain pants are uncomfortable and I only really want to keep my shorts dry anyway so this made sense to me.  Also proved useful when badly chaffed as a welcome relief to shorts altogether.Pant: Pertex wind pants. Very lightweight wind pants, with water-repellant finish.

 

Pacific Crest Trail Cold Weather Gear:
Insulation: Feathered Friends Hyperion Down Vest

Pacific Crest Trail down vest - Hyperion

Comments:
With this our cold weather tops would consist: t-shirt, long sleeve shirt, hyperion vest, and frogg toggs jacket.

 

Pacific Crest Trail Cold Weather Extremities Gear:
Gloves (Billy): Patagonia Liners Headwear (Billy): Mountain Hardwear cap Gloves (Ben):  PowerStretch Fleece Gloves Headwear (Ben): IceBreaker Pocket Hat

Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike Patagonia Gloves

Pacific Crest Trail Trail Thru Hike Mountain Hardwear beanie

Pacific Crest Trail thru hike gloves

Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike icebreaker pocket hat

Comments:
Great comfort.  Expensive, but worth the money.  Can wear all day without really noticing them.  Will use socks over them for colder weather.
Comments:
It’s Mountain Hardwear.  Windstopper, not too itchy.  Does the job.
Comments:
Merino wool beanie. I didn’t want a windproof hat as I find them too sweaty and I prefer the feel of wool to fleece.

 

Pacific Crest Trail Sleeping Bag:
Sleeping Bag (Billy & Ben):  PureBound.com 20 degree sleeping bag (26 oz).

Pacific Crest Trail thru hike sleeping bag

Comments:
PureBound.com designed bag specifically for a Pacific Crest Trail thru hike.

 

Pacific Crest Trail Sleeping Pad:
Pad (Billy & Ben): Nunatak Luna sleeping pad

Pacific Crest Trail thru hike sleeping pad, luna pad

Comments:
Billy:  Lightest full length sleeping pad on market.  Kind of expensive.  Different properties than the traditional RidgeRest; and a little bulky for fitting inside a pack.  Will try out, may go back to the RidgeRest.  Good thing about Nunatak, the pad is long and can even lose a few more ounces.

 

Pacific Crest Trail Backpack:
Backpack (Billy & Ben):  Golite Breeze

Pacific Crest Trail backpack - thru hike - Golite Breeze

Comments:
Billy:  I think it is still the best bag on the market for price and durability.  It’s a common sense bag, with no frills, except for those ice loops.  May alter the bag for versatility in carrying the pack to get the sweat off my back.Ben:  I found it to be very comfortable even when loaded with four days of food and the freedom from a belt felt great.  Nicely designed with plenty of mesh on the outside and easy to launder too.

 

 

Pacific Crest Trail Footwear:
Shoe (Billy):  Trail runners Sandal (Billy): Keen Venice H2 sandal Shoe (Ben): Trail runners

Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike New Balanace 806s

Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike sandals, Keen Venice H2

New Balance 741 Pacific Crest Trail shoes

Comments:
Billy:  Work for 500 miles a pair.  Expensive, and worked for the A.T. thru hike and my daily life…can hold hiker “funk” for quite some time.
Comments:
Expensive.  Haven’t tried them out.  I just want to get away from a full shoe if at all possible.
Comments:
I’m going to go with trail runners again. I’ll be starting with New Balance 741, not the best on the market, but at $40, half the price.

 

Pacific Crest Trail Socks:
Socks (Billy): Wright Socks Socks (Ben): Wigwam brand nylon ankle socks
Comments:
My favorite socks as of date.  They do not last as long as I would like, but they are comfortable.  Thicker socks never dry.  Between the rain and sweat, thicker socks will not dry, and that does not work day after day for me.
Comments:
Quick drying and lightweight.  Longer socks seem unnecessary (unless your ankles are being rubbed raw by failing shoes) and anything cushioned seems to take forever too dry.

 

Pacific Crest Trail Cooking Equipment:
Pot (Ben & Billy): Walmart Grease Pot Stove (Ben & Billy): MSR Pocket Rocket Utensil: Lexan

Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike Wal-Mart Grease Pot

Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike MSR Pocket Rocket

Pacific Crest Trail utensil

Comments:
Billy:  Cheap.  Can easily be replaced (not necessary, just a possibility).  Lite.  Collects food under the brim of the pot.  I will attempt to chop off that dirty brim and sand the edges back.  I would like to not cook the first few hundred miles, because of water consumption.Ben:  As good a bargain as you will ever find. Lighter than the most expensive titanium model, perfectly effective and you don’t get the fear about losing it somewhere. We modified ours by removing the heavy handle from the lid and sealing the hole with heatproof tape.
Comments:
Billy:  Worked for an Appalachian Trail thru hike.
Comments:
Cheap, lite, and durable.

 

Pacific Crest Trail Light:
Light (Billy): Petzl Tikka Light (Ben):  Petxl Zipka

Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike Petxl Tikka headlamp

Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike Petzl Zipka headlamp

Comments:
Carried most of A.T. trip.  Has good battery life, and is a quality product.  I would like a lighter lite, but am not for photons.  Maybe the market will come up with something before we leave.
Comments:
Bright enough to hike by and the batteries are easy enough to find. Could probably get away with something lighter, but this is a solid enough model.

 

Pacific Crest Trail Water Treatment:
Treatment (Billy): Don’t Know Treatment (Billy & Ben):  Chemical (e.g. Aqua Mira)

Pacific Crest Trail Thru Hike Aqua Mira treatment

Comments:
Still up in the air.  I’m for no treatment.  Second, gravity filter.  Then its aqua mira, the miox purifier pin , or the steripin.  Like most gear selection for people, water treatment has no clear answer.
Comments:
Billy:  Lightweight.  I just do not like using chemicals, even though, this is in our household water supply.  Does the job.Ben:  Learned to hate the taste after a few months with Aqua Mira on the A.T., easily camoflaged with a little Kool Aid mix (unsweetened or with artificial sweeter are the lighter options in every sense).

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