[pct-l] Planning for PCT 2016

marmot marmot marmotwestvanc at hotmail.com
Wed Oct 7 11:18:40 CDT 2015

It's too early to tell where you can start. Set up a few plans. You need to see what the winter brings. If you buy food as you go, you will be able to start anywhere. Looking at a thru compared to a MYTH--those are all just feelings and fantasy. Having hiked the trail both ways I know that once you are out there the trail will take over and make your experience personal and remarkable ---if you allow it to. Each step is important. 
In May you might start in Big Bear or Idyllwild and hike to the Sierra. Then it's possible you could go forward to the Oregon border and hike as far north as you can. The other spot you might jump forward to could be Donner Pass. Maybe hike northern Calif and let Oregon melt out a bit. 

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> On Oct 6, 2015, at 9:42 PM, Cody B <moonbeams13 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hey Y'all,
> I am an undergraduate student hoping to do a large segment hike of the PCT
> in Summer 2016. My finals finish the first week of May so I was hoping to
> start the second week of May and need to finish up my hike in the first
> week of August (Hence doing a segment instead of a thru-hike, much to my
> own chagrin.)
> I was originally looking at starting at the OR/CA border and heading North
> to Manning Park, but my research has led me to conclude that I will hit too
> much snow with that plan. (Some snow is fine and I was born a hiker, but
> don't really have any mountaineering experience.)
> Does anyone have any advice as to where the northernmost point I could
> start my hike is with my time frame and still avoid heavy snow pack? I am
> hoping to average about 20-25 miles a day and would like to include as much
> of Oregon and Washington as possible.
> Thank you in advance, and I hope to see some of you on the trail next
> summer!
> Cody
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