Waypoint Abbreviations

Waypoints

Waypoints

We have been asked by several hikers about the abbreviations used for waypoint names on Halfmile Project PCT maps, apps, GPS data, and Google Earth files. Here is a list of the most common abbreviations:

BB — Bear box or bear locker (mostly in the Sierra)
CG — Campground
CS — Campsite
GT — Gate
JMT — John Muir Trail
Hwy — Highway crossing
NF — National Forest boundary
TH — Trailhead
TR — Trail
PL — Powerline
PO — Post Office
RD — Road crossings
RR — Railroad track
Ski — Ski lift
Wild — Wilderness boundary
WA — Possible water source (not on www.pctwater.com, mostly north of mile 700)
WR — Possible water source listed in the PCT Water Report at www.pctwater.com
WACS — Possible water source and campsite
WRCS — Possible water source from the Water Report and campsite

Curious which waypoint types are most commonly used? Here is a list from the new 2015 Halfmile Project data:

3161 — total number of 2015 waypoints
972 — WA waypoints
745 — CS waypoints
498 — TR waypoints
466 — RD waypoints
152 — WR waypoints
73 — GT waypoints
61 — Hwy waypoints
54 — PL waypoints
33 — Wild waypoints
21 — CG waypoints
16 — BB waypoints
12 — TH waypoints
8 — PO waypoints
6 — NF waypoints
6 — Ski waypoints