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Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Self-resupply
by The Weathercarrot
Weathercarrot made his self-resupply notes available to me before my 2003 PCT thruhike attempt. They were extremely useful. When I realized they were no longer readily accessible on-line, I offered to host a page with the information.
Weathercarrot created this listing in early 2001. While some of the information may be outdated, most of it is still relevant for hikers. Please check current information sources for availability of specific resources. -Mara
Important - The number of days listed after a location are how many days of food to hike out of town with (for a roughly average pace) and NOT necessarily the amount bought there, since you'll sometimes hike into town with food left over in your pack. This list also assumes a slower pace in the first 2-3 weeks. Priority mail is safer if you plan on being at the destination less than a week after you mail the box.
Bounce boxes are very useful for items that you will need at various times along the route that are not wanted continuously. These include various clothing, guidebook sections, etc etc. Many people find that having it in every resupply town can be a big hassle, so in this list I have spaced the use of bounce boxes to be more logistically convenient.
BB = bounce box
NOTE: There are several common ways of doing High Sierra logistics. These include:
Cedar Grove, Muir Trail Ranch, and Bishop are also possibilities, but they tend to be less practical for thru-hikers (although Bishop can be a good trip up the valley while staying in Lone Pine or Independence). Assuming Vermillion is open this year, this is what I would do:
Note: The most common way of doing the Belden to Burney Falls section involves:
Belden (maildrop) -> Old Station (maildrop) -> Burney Falls (maildrop or buy in Burney)
In order to decrease amount of packaging and mailing ahead, I prefer the following:
Here is the send ahead maildrop plan in condensed form:
Bounce Box towns (see above for details):
Last updated, June 29, 2013.
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