[pct-l] Maps

cctk cctk soggy2pair at yahoo.com
Fri May 11 11:01:46 CDT 2012

I completely agree with Diane.  As a WA/OR hiker I most often am using Green Trails Maps.  (www.greentrailsmaps.com).  The WA PCT sections are easily identified in their mappacks section while the OR sections are easy enough to pick out and order.
Most REI, or if you're up in the ...Portland area other shops like Next Adventure and Powells Books have the green trails maps in stock.  That way you can check them out to see if they work best for you.
To Diane's point, I like them mostly because they have a bit more detail on additional trails and Forest/Fire/Service Roads, that helps with access/shuttle/drops, etc when section hiking.
If there is anything we can help with around the WA/OR border transporting to/from throw me a message and if we're in town - happy to help.
Also - side note on green trails maps - my hiking partner doesn't like my format but . . .   I usually take my green trails maps down to office depot and get them laminated, instead of having a map case.  They stay dry in the wetNW, at least through a few uses, and it makes it easier when marking it up with my grease-pen/china-marker - and, they still fold up just fine (the map case is just a bit bulky thick - and I like to draw on my maps)
Message: 5
Date: Sun, 6 May 2012 16:22:51 -0700
From: Diane Soini of Santa Barbara Hikes <diane at santabarbarahikes.com>
Subject: Re: [pct-l] Maps
To: pct-l at backcountry.net
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My experience with USGS maps is that the trail is always on the  
corner of the map. Here is a really weird link to the USGS map store.  
If you dig around, you may find the section of their site that lets  
you download USGS map PDFs. These would be very difficult for you to  
print yourself, but you can at least look at them and decide if  
ordering USGS maps is worthwhile.

Here's a tiny url in case you can't figure out that strange link:

Some hikers I met in Washington used Green Trail Maps. In my opinion,  
these were superior to Halfmile's maps (no offense) mostly because  
there were so many more trails and they were big maps.

Personally, I will admit that I rarely ever looked at a map at all  
along the entire trail. I did use the WP Guide book and the Data  
Book, but rarely even looked at the maps in there. Before the worry  
worts start squirming, let me say that I did have maps with me. I  
sometimes even picked up extra maps at ranger stations and printed  
them out from computers, too. But I almost never needed to look at them.


On May 5, 2012, at 10:00 AM, pct-l-request at backcountry.net wrote:

> I plan on doing the southern 2/3's of Oregon plus a section in  
> Washington this August.  The last couple of years I have used the
> halfmile  maps but am thinking about using the USFS maps this  
> season.  While I like the detail of halfmile, they are a bit hard  
> for me to read (old eyes) while the USFS maps are much easier.  
> They don't have near as much detail, but do show a greater portion  
> of the trail on a single page.  But is seems like as a SOBO section  
> hiker in August the need for a high level of detail is not nearly  
> as great.  Any thoughts?  I also looked at Eric the Black and  
> Postholer maps but am not overly fond of either one.
> Ed Jarretthttp://aclayjar.blogspot.com/

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