PCT Supply Schedule

I started on April 21 and was pretty close to my schedule until I hit the record deep snow and high creeks in the Sierra Nevada.   I left the trail from Lone Pine and have now devised a plan that at least gives me a shot at completing the trail this year without drowning in flood stage creek crossings.  I will return to the trail at Donner Pass where the trail crosses I80, about 400 miles north of where I left the trail.  I can fly into Reno and then take a bus to Truckee which puts me close to the trail.  After arriving in Canada I will bus to Vancouver, fly to Reno and then bus back south to Lone Pine to start the 400 mile hike north to complete the Sierra Nevada and the trail.  I will have to hike into early October and it’s safer to do that in the Sierra than in the northern Cascades.



The spreadsheet below is my original plan, not updated with the changes above.

Resupply Point Trail Mile Distance From Previous Type Wild Ball Park Estimated Date To Not Count On
Distance From Trail & Notes
Warner Springs 109.6 109.6 USPS food April 26

1.2mi road east; USPS to Warner Springs Post Office, Warner Springs CA 92063

Idyllwild 179.4 69.8 buy April 30

2.6mi trail + 2.6mi road to campgrounds w/showers, laundry, grocery stores; outfitter has fuel cans

Big Bear 266.1 86.7 buy, USPS maps 2 & 3 May 5

9mi road SW to Big Bear Lake – groceries, restaurants, sporting goods, Big Bear Hostel $20 bunk; fuel cans at big 5; mail to Big Bear Hostel in Big Bear Lake (day off here)

Wrightwood 369.4 103.3 buy May 12

5.5mi east trail to grocery store, motels, hardware store w/fuel cans, camp wrightwood is barebones hostel if stuck in town.

Agua Dulce 454.5 85.1 buy May 17

on trail, grocery store, restaurants, Hiker Heaven Hostel (aka Saufley’s)

Mojave (hwy 58) 566.4 111.9 buy May 22

12 mi road east to Mojave w/ grocery store, motel 6, fuel cans at hardware store; alternative is 9.2 mi road west to Tehachapi with grocery stores (overnight here, day off)

Kennedy Meadows 702.2 135.8 UPS food, snow gear May 29

.5mi road to Kennedy Meadows General Store, day off

Independence (via Kearsage Pass) 788.9 86.7 UPS food via ZDR, UPS maps 4 & 5 June 9 (snow advanced course)

About 50 miles into this section I meet the Mtn Education group 1 mile north of Cottonwood Pass on the evening of June 3. Receive steep snow skills training while hiking trail north. Mileage for side trip to summit Mt Whitney is not included in section mileage. 7.5 mi trail up over Kearsage Pass to Onion Valley trailhead then a 13 mile road to Independence.  Package sent to Mt Williamson Motel & Base Camp.

Vermilion Valley Resort 874.5 85.6 UPS food & fuel via ZDR June 18

1.5mi trail + 4mi ferry ride; UPS package to Vermilion Valley Resort c/o Rancheria Garage

Tuolumne Meadows 942.5 68.0 buy June 24 .3mi trail to campground store; As of 3/15 NPS estimates campground not opening until 8/1 due to snow; Alternative is 19 mile hitch east on 120 to Mono Market in Lee Vining.
Sonora Pass 1018 75.5 SPR June 30 Order from Sonora Pass Resupply, they meet you at the pass.  They will also ship home bear canister.
South Lake Tahoe 1,090.8 74.3 buy July 5 12.0mi road NE to groceries, restaurants, pharmacy, outfitter
Sierra City 1,195.4 104.6 USPS food & fuel via ZDR, USPS maps 6 & 7 July 10 1.4mi road to USPS package to Sierra Country Store, 123 Main St, Sierra City, CA 96125; River Haven Hostel
Belden 1,284.3 88.9 buy July 14 on trail small store, limited
Old Station 1,371.0 86.7 buy July 18 .3mi trail to mini mart
Burney 1,408.8 37.8 buy July 20 7.7 mi road sw to safeway
Castella 1,498.6 89.8 buy July 24 2mi road to safeway, laundry, restaurants, campground near PO
Seiad Valley 1,653.4 154.8 buy August 1 on trail small store
Ashland 1,716.2 62.8 buy August 5 13mi road to grocery store, motels, pharmacy, hostel (wife Gayle meeting me here, taking several days off)
Crater Lake (Mazama Village) 1,819.2 103.0 buy August 11 2mi road to campground store
Shelter Cove Resort 1,904.1 84.9 UPS food & fuel via ZDR; UPS maps 8 & 9 August 15 (3-4 days off here) 2.2mi trail to UPS to Shelter Cove Resort & Marina.  Gayle meeting me here, taking 3-4 days off.
Olallie Lake 2,043.1 139.0 buy August 25 .1mi trail to camp store;
Cascade Locks 2,144.2 101.1 buy August 29 on trail grocery store
White Pass 2,292.4 148.2 USPS food & fuel via ZDR September 5 .5mi road; USPS to Kracker Barrel Store, Naches, WA 98937
Snoqualmie Pass 2,390.6 98.2 USPS food & fuel via ZDR, USPS map 10 September 9 .3mi road; USPS to Summit Inn, Snoqualmie Pass, WA 98068
Skykomish 2,461.6 71.0 USPS food & fuel via ZDR September 13 16.2mi road west; USPS to Skykomish, WA 98288
Stehekin 2,569.2 107.6 USPS food & fuel via ZDR September 18 11mi road (bus possible) USPS to Stehekin, WA 98852; free camping, coin showers
Manning Park 2,661.3 92.1 done! September 24 hostel, lodge, restaurant, greyhound to Vancouver; go home!

Note: ZDR = Zero Day Resupply. This is an online hiker food store that ships anywhere. The shopping cart shows weight and calories totals. This way I can order as I go (from my phone), adjusting menus to my changing plans, caloric needs and tastes.