PCT Maps & Resupply


Resupply strategy:

Having hiked most of the trail twice now, I’ve realize that I could probably get by without a single resupply box mailed. I don’t eat much while on trail and I can’t think of a location that didn’t at least have gas station food (triscuits, cheese, bars) that would be sufficient to reach the next town. Most locations have decent grocery stores.

Remember, priority mail packages can be sent “General Delivery” to Post Offices, and if you don’t pick them up, they are willing to mail/bounce them for free to a post office further to the north. Whenever you can mail to a merchant or hostel, it is often better, as nothing is worse than arriving in town on a Saturday morning, and having to wait until Monday morning or worse, having to wait until Tuesday if it’s Memorial Day, Labor Day, etc. It is much, much easier to have the freedom of buying food in the moment and not receiving a huge care package of excessive food.

If I hiked this year, this is where I would mail:
Idyllwild, CA (spikes sent to post office or Idyllwild Inn, if Jacinto snow is high)
Cabazon, CA (mail spikes to KM South)
Kennedy Meadows South, CA (food, spikes, bear canister)
Bishop, CA (probably mail spikes home)
Kennedy Meadows North/Bridgeport (mail bear canister home)

PCT white map flattened
My previous strategies:

My 2018 mail resupply strategy:
Warner Springs, CA (food)
Cabazon, CA (didn’t need it, bounced the box north to Big Bear Lake)
Kennedy Meadows South, CA (food, spikes, bear canister)
Bishop, CA (mailed spikes home because Whitney & Forrester were done)
Bridgeport/KM North (mailed bear canister)
Burney Falls (food, lighter down coat, mailed heavier one home)
Crater Lake, OR (food)
White Pass, WA (food)
Stehekin, WA (food, passport)

My 2015 resupply strategy:
These are the maildrop locations I am most likely to use. The rest of the time, I’ll resupply in trail towns along the way. The general consensus from past hikers is to not over-due maildrops, as your food preferences change along the trail.

Warner Springs, CA
Kennedy Meadows, CA
Belden, CA
Sierra City, CA
Seiad Valley, CA
Vermilion Valley Ranch (VVR), CA
Castella, CA
Crater Lake, OR
Shelter Cove, OR
Timberline Lodge, OR
White Pass, WA
Stehekin, WA
Snoqualmie Pass, WA
Skykomish/Stevens Pass, WA

Warner Springs will be the only resupply I mail at first.
I intend to use USPS Click-N-Ship, with Priority Mail Regional Rate Box B1.

Here is our loose itinerary to give a rough estimate of where we’ll likely be:
loose PCT itinerary

6 thoughts on “PCT Maps & Resupply”

  1. It’s neat to be able to see where the trail goes and it looks like you will be taking in some beautiful mountain sites as well as Crater Lake. Will your parents meet up with you when you get to Mt. Hood?

    1. They sure better! 🙂 Besides, Dad loves the Timberline buffet. I’m pretty sure the lodge loses money with all the food that hikers eat.

      The question is whether to go home (Portland) or not for a night. It might just be better to stay on trail, but we’ll see.

  2. What’s your update timeline, man? How’s the first days? How’s spirits? How’s your feet? Are you sleeping OK? Bears? Did you get mule-kicked by a mule deer? Make any new friends yet? How long before you can be considered a sage? What are the qualifications of being a Hermit? Have you met any Hermits? How heteronormitive is your new demographic, i.e., what impact do gender roles have on the trail? Are there trail politics? Do you think that these things will change with geography or distance? Are they time dependant? Scorpions? Is it quiet? Is it loud? Mosquitoes? Water? Chaifing? Vagisil?

    1. Feet are bad! Spirit mostly good. Sleeping poorly. Cold most nights, tent collapsed twice, and I think new pad is punctured, doh. No bears; no rattlesnakes even. Probably quite far from sage status. I can hike long hours but still have a ton of problems with my camp routine. Clumsy with cooking and terrible at picking a wind-free flat tent site, hehe.

  3. Ooh, you’re going through Kennedy Meadows! That is near some of my favorite camping and stream fishing areas in California. So jealous of the trip! 😀

  4. Hi Tim. What a wonderful adventure!!! We are enjoying your pictures ! Be safe and enjoy your journey!!!

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