Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Maps and Apps

Page Overview

On this page you’ll find all the information about the various maps and apps you should be aware of if planning a PCT hike. We provide you with some of the maps that we’ve put together for you of the various resupply points along the PCT. There’s also some additional information and links to maps available to purchase.

This is not meant to be an exhaustive list and discussion of all possible PCT maps and what you definitely have to carry. Instead, we provide you with information and reviews on the different resources we use so you can make an educated decision on what will work best for you.

We’re not affiliated with any of the companies that sell or provide maps. If you have questions about any of the specific maps we talk about it’s probably best to reach out to the company. Also keep in mind that not all of these resources are updated every year as trail conditions change. Make sure the information you’re looking at is accurate! 

Google Map of the PCT

Here’s a Google Map of the PCT using the data from Halfmile’s PCT Maps that can be found by going to this page of their website. This map is meant just to be a simple scrollable map so you can get a general idea of where the trail passes through.

If the map isn’t displaying correctly then try another browser. You can also click here to go to the map directly on Google’s website.

Map of PCT Resupply Points

The following is a complete map of PCT resupply points. We assembled this map to include crucial information for each point such as mailing addresses, phone numbers, GPS coordinates, etc. Keep in mind that we do our best to keep this list up to date but there are close to 100 points on this map and information can change quickly.

We always recommend that you call a resupply point before mailing a package to make sure the information we provided is up to date. Know something that we don’t about one of these points? Let us know! 

All of the locations on this list accept mailed resupply packages. Keep in mind that many of these locations also have items available for you to purchase instead of you relying on a mailed package. If the actual locations don’t have items available to purchase then check on the map for nearby grocery stores. For a more in-depth discussion about mailing vs buying check out our PCT resupply page.

If the map isn’t displaying correctly then try another browser. You can also click here to go to the map directly on Google’s website.

Check out our PCT Resupply page that has all the information you need to know about PCT resupply points and packages. We have a list and map of Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) Resupply Points.

Map of the 30 Most Popular PCT Resupply Points

The map above features the 100+ locations that it’s possible to resupply at on the PCT. We created this map to help hikers narrow down the huge number of resupply points to the ones that are most used by hikers. We combined expertise from experienced PCT hikers with the order information from our resupply shipments to help you narrow down the huge list of resupply locations to something more manageable.

This is NOT intended to be an extensive list of all possible PCT resupply locations (you can find that on this page of our website), but instead just the most important information you need to know about the most popular resupply locations along the PCT. 

From our experience and research these are the 30 most popular resupply points along the PCT. Check out what we’ve put together and let us know what you think!

Each of the points on this list do accept mailed resupply packages. That doesn’t necessarily mean that we recommend or that it’s smart to mail packages to all 30. It’s common for PCT hikers to purchase food from many of these or nearby locations instead of mailing resupply packages. For further discussion about whether to mail or buy check out this page of our website. 

If the map isn’t displaying correctly then try another browser. You can also click here to go to the map directly on Google’s website.

On this page you’ll find a list of the 30 most popular PCT Resupply points and locations. All the information you need to know to plan your PCT resupply strategy and to ship resupply packages to the PCT.

The Best PCT Maps

Here’s a brief overview of what you’ll find in the most popular physical PCT maps information on where to buy them.

Should you carry a physical map while hiking the PCT? That’s a fun loaded question that a lot of PCT diehards love to get into facebook arguments about! This is definitely a personal decision that we won’t attempt to litigate here. If you want to have a discussion about it then join one of the PCT facebook groups and there will be plenty of people waiting to impose their opinion onto you!

What we will say is that historically most hikers do carry physical maps/guides with them. Some people rely on maps purely for emergency navigation and some rely on them for other trail information such as water sources, towns and campsites. Before you can start to answer the question of which map you need to carry first figure out what you’re hoping to get out of the map.

Halfmile's PCT Maps

Halfmile’s PCT Maps are an awesome resource that every PCT section or thru-hiker needs to know about. They are likely the most accurate and up to date maps out there. They’re updated every year and have a ton of information about water sources, resupply locations, camping and more. Best of all, they’re free!

You can print them out on 8.5×11. There is a lot of detail on each map so you’ll likely have to only carry one section at a time. Keep in mind, these maps are pretty dense and just because they’re free to access on their website doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s no cost associated with printing them. All together there’s hundreds of pages to if you were to print each one there is definitely a high cost associated with that.

They have other options for you such as smartphone access to the maps as well as downloadable GPS data. Here’s a link to their GPS data and to their google earth/maps data. 

Check out their website: Halfmile’s PCT Maps

National Forest Service Maps

The National Forest Service created a series of PCT maps that are separated into 10 different sections. The maps aren’t necessarily something we’d recommend carrying with you on the trail but if you’re looking for an at home map they’re a good option.

The maps do go into some detail about water sources and basic trail info. Keep in mind that these maps aren’t updated nearly as frequently as Halfmile’s Maps so it wouldn’t be as reliable.

We’d recommend these maps if you’re looking for something nice and durable for at home. They’re printed on a nice thicker paper than what you’ll be able to print yourself at home. They are a bit expensive at about $15 per map. 

You can purchase them on the National Forest Service’s website (sometimes, if their shop is actually working) or we recommend buying them from the Pacific Crest Trail Association.

Postholer Maps

Postholer is another provider of PCT maps. Unlike Halfmile maps, they are not free to print. They claim that it is worth the premium price because their maps are more up to date and easier to look at. 

Every section of the map includes some additional information that gives you an elevation profile, water sources and resupply information. The maps are kind of expensive at about $30 a piece but are available to the right on Amazon.

Do some more reading about what’s offered in the map and check out the other options available to see if Postholer’s Maps are right for you. 

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PCT Smartphone Apps

With the growing popularity of the PCT we’ve seen an increase in the development and availability of digital resources for hikers. A few apps have started to become available over years and increasingly hikers are relying on them for both pre-hike planning and on the trail navigation. We’ll discuss two of the main applications here that are available to hikers on most any platform. There’s definitely other applications out there but these are the only two that we have personal experience with that are also most easily available on any platform. 

Hikers are increasingly relying on these apps in lieu of having physical maps. The nice thing about them is they’re might lighter than carrying an entire guidebook, GPS and map of the entire trail. They’re increasingly powerful with their features and accuracy and also give you the ability to collaborate and hear from other hikers that are on the trail. As we said earlier, we won’t start to litigate the hotly contested subject of whether these apps can truly replace physical maps and guides. There’s plenty of facebook groups where diehards love to argue about that!

Trail Supply Co. is not directly affiliated with any of the applications so if you have any specific questions we suggest reaching out directly to the makers of the individual applications. 

Guthook/Atlas Guides

Guthook is an aweomse mobile app that long-distance hikers around the world absolutely love. If you’re a PCT hiker, we would definitely recommend you checking it out and seeing if it fits your needs. In our opinion, it offers one of the best user experiences of any all the map applications available to PCT hikers. It’s simple and intuitive to use, provides with lots of relevant information and built by hikers

The app is free to download and then there are multiple packages available for you to purchase based on which trail you’re hiking. Check out their current prices on their website but for PCT Hikers the package is usually about $25.

In the app, you’ll find a super easy to navigate map that includes waypoints of water sources, campsites, and town/service guides. For the most part, the list of waypoints is fairly extensive and complete. There’s even user comments so you can get recommendations and trail updates from other hikers using the application.

This is a screenshot taken from the Guthook App. Here's the first few miles of the PCT that's included as a free preview.

Halfmile PCT

Halfmile PCT, as you might have guessed, is developed by the provider of Halfmile maps that was discussed above. This is a solid free on the trail application. What we mean by that is it’s not as useful of a tool as Guthook if you’re looking for something to use for planning before you start hiking. 

The Halfmile PCT map has three different modes. The “Where Am I” mode gives you current lat/long, elevation, mileage point and distance from the trail. There’s also a diagram that shows you a visual representation of where you are in relation to the trail. The “By Trail” mode tells you where you are on the trail relative to other notable trail landmarks in trail miles. The “By Crow” mode tells you where you are relative to other trail landmarks as the crow flies instead of trail miles.

Overall, the application is a bit more data focused and not as visual as Guthook. Some people like the simplicity of it (and the price tag) relative to other options. Definitely a powerful tool with a lot of awesome data in it.

Here's a screenshot taken from the Halfmile PCT App using the "By Crow" mode.

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