[pct-l] Off Up North

Jim Eagleton eagleton at hotmail.com
Thu Apr 16 12:41:34 CDT 2009

1a)  I will be flip floping from Ashland, OR to Etna, CA.  Are there any shuttle options from Ashland to Yerka, CA?  Or is hitching (I-5) reasonable?  (I think I will just miss the Medford to Weed bus.)

1b)  If I hike from Ashland to the trailhead, do hikers hitch, I-5, the back roads, or get a shuttle?  


2)  Next I will be hiking sections of WA, and starting before the pctatlas, (and of course, Halfmiles maps) are available.  I plan to use the 2000 WP guide.  This route seems to be exactly the same as the gps route on:  


a)  Have there been any major reroutes in the last 9 years?

b)  Is there a place I sould look for very recent trail closings/reroutes?  especially near recent fires, e.g. between Etna and Siead Valley.  

c)  The WP and postholer tracks vary a little.  Is one more reliable than the other?  One of the bigger differences is a mile or two overlapping the WA H12-H13 maps.  

d)  Are there other maps I should consider using for WA?  The pcta offers "PCT Map- Cascade Series Southern Washington-Map#9 " for $12 each, but they don't give the scale or date (in fact they say this southern map is for northern WA.)  



Jim Eagleton


> Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2009 12:09:01 -0700
> From: halfmile at pctmap.net
> To: pct-l at backcountry.net
> Subject: [pct-l] Halfmile at the kickoff
> Hi everyone,
> I will be going out to the kickoff Thursday evening (4/23) and
> staying in campsite 38. If anyone is interested in discussing maps or
> trail navigation, look me up.
> I am prepared to share whatever I know or can help with:
> -Using a map and compass
> -Using UTM grids with basic GPS units like the Garmin Geko, Fortrex or iPhone
> -Loading PCT tracks, waypoints and POI's into GPS units
> -How to log trails and make trail maps
> I will bring a laptop and can help GPS users load any of the data I
> have at http://www.pctmap.net. I am very familiar with most of the
> Garmin GPS models and most iPhone navigation software. Not sure if I
> will be much help with any of the other brands, however.
> See you at the kickoff.
> -Halfmile
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