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Halfmile PCT Maps Updated for 2017

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Halfmile’s Pacific Crest Trail maps have been updated with the latest trail information for 2017. Maps optimized for printing can be downloaded here, maps optimized for viewing on mobile devices can be downloaded here. for Here is a list of changes:

CA Section A
p1, updated copyright date so first page of maps show 2017 year
p13, updated Warner Springs info

CA Section B

p1, updated Warner Springs info
p5, update note about Mountain Fire Closure
p11, removed trail angels Ziggy and the Bear. They have closed.

CA Section D

P 3 — added location of 1983 winter transit memorial stone, at the base of two “V” trees facing away from the trail. Jodi Zaitchick and Jerry Duran died in a December 1983 fall 363 miles into the first known winter thru-hike attempt.

CA Section E

p13, corrected name of waypoint GT0563 (mistakenly labeled GT0503)

CA Sec M
p11, corrected WA1277, trail sign identifies WA1277 as Brecken Fern Spring (not Grouse Spring).

CA Section N
p 9, added note about new Lassen NP bear canister requirement, added note about Lassen NP camping restrictions from miles 1346 – 1350.
P 10, added note about Lassen NP camping restrictions from miles 1346 – 1350.
P12, added note about new Lassen NP bear canister requirement, added note about Lassen NP camping restrictions from miles 1346 – 1350.
p19, added suggestion for hitching to Burney 1/10 mile at Hwy 299 & Cassel Rd instead of PCT crossing; added info about Burney Mountain Guest Ranch.

CA Section P

p13, added info about the Hikers Hut in Etna

OR Section B

p5, Klum Landing Park changed from WA1748 changed to WACS1748, shower info updated (they are free, no longer coin operated)

OR Section D
p6, added note about water at Windigo Lake 2/10 mile E of mile 1876.5

WA Section H

p2, added note about snow, late season weather
p6, CS2186 has been decommissioned
p8, WA2206 changed to WACS2206
p10, WA2219 changed to WACS2219, description updated
p11, added missing waypoint RD2227; corrected description of RD2221, it’s Paved Forest Road 88 at Grand Meadows Trailhead (not Road 68).
p13, corrected typo in waypoint WA2242

WA Section I

p1, added note about snow, late season weather
p14, ; updated resupply info

WA Section J
p1, added note about snow, late season weather; updated resupply info
p4, TR2432 corrected, trail is for Deer Lake not Deep Lake

WA Section K
p1, added note about snow, late season weather; fixed missing waypoint information
p16, updated information about Mazama trail angel Ravensong

WA Section L
p1, added note about snow, late season weather; updated information about Mazama trail angel Ravensong

2016 PCT Map Updates: Tuolumne Meadows, CA to Manning Park, BC

Every year Halfmile’s Pacific Crest Trail maps, apps, and GPS data are updated with the latest trail information. Today updated maps are online for the northern 1718 miles of the trail — from Tuolumne Meadows, CA to Manning Park, BC. This year’s updates are relatively minor (see the list of changes below).

The remaining PCT maps and Pacific Crest Trail Notes will be updated in the next few days. Smartphone apps, gps data, and Google Earth .KMZ files should be updated in February.

See this post for a list of the first batch of 2016 updates from Campo, CA to Tuolumne Meadows, CA.

Here is a complete list of changes in this second batch of map updates:

CA Section I, Page 1

Mile 947: Added WA0947, Wooden bridge over Tuolumne River.

CA Section I, Page 5

Mile 979.8: Added WA0980, Ford Rancheria Creek (sometimes difficult early season).

CA Section I, Page 6
Mile 985.5: added WA0985
Mile 986.9: added note about Wilma Lake (sometimes incorrectly named Wilmer Lake), campsites. This lake has a history of name changes on maps and trail signs. The lake is named after Wilma Seavey, daughter of Clyde L. Seavey.

CA Section I, Page 8
Mile 999: Added WA0999, Second crossing, Cascade Creek, single log bridge.
Mile 999.4: Renamed WA0999 to WA0999B

CA Section I, Page 10
Mile 1017.1: Added www.sonorapassresupply.com is a business that will meet you at the Sonora Pass Trail Head Picnic Area [mile 1017.1] with your resupply package. They also ship resupply packages to various locations along the trail.

CA Section J, Page 2

Mile 1026.2: Added WACS1026 to map page. It was accidentally left off map page, but was included in app.

CA Section J, Page 8

Mile 1075.4: Added note that camping is not permitted at Frog Lake due to shoreline restoration.

CA Section J, Page 10

Mile 1090.8: Added note that overnight camping is prohibited for approximately 4.7 miles from Hwy 50/Echo Summit (mile 1090.8) to the Desolation Wilderness boundary (mile 1095.5).
Mile 1092.3: EchoLake, The Echo Lake Post Office can no longer receive hiker resupply packages.

CA Section K, Page 1
Mile 1090.8: Added note that overnight camping is prohibited for approximately 4.7 miles from Hwy 50/Echo Summit (mile 1090.8) to the Desolation Wilderness boundary (mile 1095.5).

CA Section K, Page 9
Mile 1153.4: Soda Springs PO hours are M-F 9-1 & 1:30-3:30.

Added the following information about the Clair Tappaan Lodge:
The Clair Tappaan Lodge [mile 1153.4] is 1.4 miles west of the Pacific Crest Trail where it crosses Old Hwy 40. The lodge offers hostel-style lodging at $40 per person, showers, laundry, and a hot tub. Hot meals may be purchased. The Lodge does not accept resupply packages but the Soda Springs Post Office is 1.9 miles away and has a small store.
Phone: 530-426-3632
Web: clairtappaanlodge.com
Email: [email protected]

CA Section M, Page 3
Mile 1213.5: Renamed WA1214B to WA1214 to be in correct order encountered by northbound hikers; Renamed WA1214 to WA1214B; Edited description of WACS1214C

CA Section M, Page 7
Mile 1250.48: Changed CS1250 to WA1250B, Bear Creek, footbridge, large campsite, water.

CA Section M, Page 11
Mile 1283.4: Updated Belden information to the following:
Belden [Mile 1284.3] is a resort on the PCT, with a very small store, restaurant/bar, [www.beldentown.com, 530-283-9662], and The Braatens of Little Haven. The Belden Post Office closed in 2013. Note that Hwy 70 is a narrow, curvy, dangerous road with no room to safely walk.

The Braatens of Little Haven will hold packages for three weeks during June and July (small donations accepted to offset expenses).

(Hiker’s Legal Name and ETA)
c/o Braatens at Little Haven
PO Box 4
Belden, CA 95915

Include a return address. Call The Braatens at 530-283-9880 when you arrive in Belden (between 6 am and 7:30 pm) to arrange for delivery or pick up.
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The Belden Town Resort [www.beldentown.com, 530-283-9662] may hold hiker packages for a fee (UPS or FedEx only, call first for details).

(Hiker Name PCT Hiker)
Belden Town Resort
14785 Beldon Town Rd
Belden, CA 95915
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The Caribou Crossroads RV Park [listed on previous versions of Halfmile maps] is probably not a good resupply option. The RV park is currently for sale and some hikers had issues in 2015.

CA Section N, Page 9
Mile 1343.8: Added note that Overnight camping with stock is not allowed in Lassen Volcanic National Park (mile 1343.8 to 1363) except at developed sites with corrals.

CA Section N, Page 12
Mile 1363: Added note that Overnight camping with stock is not allowed in Lassen Volcanic National Park (mile 1343.8 to 1363) except at developed sites with corrals.

CA Section N, Page 13
Mile 1370.9: The Old Station Post Office is open M-F 11-3.

CA Section N, Page 14
Mile 1374.9: Updated hours of JJ’s Cafe, they are open Su-Th 7-3, Fr-Sa 7-7:30.
Updated Water Alert to note Lost Creek Spring is 3/10 mile off trail.

CA Section N, Page 15
Mile 1383: Added WA1383, Lost Creek Spring, 3/10 mile NW, 388 foot vertical descent from trail.

CA Section N, Page 19
Updated Water Alert to note Lost Creek Spring 3/10 mile off trail.

CA Section N, Page 20
Mile 1415.9: Updated WACS1416, Burney Falls State Park Headwaters Group Campground, reservation from State Park required, outhouse, picnic tables, outhouse, trash cans.

CA Section O, Castella-Dunsmuir Area map
Mile 1498.7: Castella PO hours are M-F 11-3, Sa 8:45-10.

CA Section Q, Page 8
Mile 1653.3: Updated Mid River RV Park shipping addresses. Seiad Valley PO hours are M-F 12-4, Sa 12-1:30.

OR Section C, Page 7
Mile 1812.2: Updated information about camping restrictions:
Camping restrictions are strictly enforced in Crater Lake National Park. Essentially, you have to be a mile from a road to disperse camp (which can sometime be difficult to know when on the PCT). Camping is not allowed along the Rim Alternate except at the Lightning Spring Camp and the Grouse Hill Camp.

OR Section C, Page 9
Mile 1820.5: Added campsite icon for Dutton Camp, updated camping restriction information.

OR Section C, Page 9A
Added campsite icon for Lightning Spring Camp, added camping restriction information.

OR Section C, Page 12
Renamed CLCS11 to GrouseHillCamp, added Icon for Grouse Hill Camp
Mile 1837.2: Removed CS1837
Added campsite icon for Lightning Spring Camp, added camping restriction information.

OR Section D, Page 2

Mile 1856.6: Fixed typo in the name of Howlock Mountain.

OR Section D, Page 3
Mile 1856.6: Fixed typo in the name of Howlock Mountain.

OR Section D, Page 7
Mile 1882.8: CS1883, added missing campsite icon.

OR Section D, Page 9
Mile 1889: WA1889 location moved in app about .06 miles S to a use trail to the pond.

OR Section E, Page 7

Mile 1950.1: Elk Lake Resort no longer does laundry.

OR Section E, Page 12
Mile 1977.2, 1977.2, & 1979.4: Added the following camping restriction information:

Camping restricted at North Matthieu Lake to 7 first come first serve sites marked by a post in the ground. If occupied, camp at least a quarter mile away.

Camping restricted at South Matthieu Lake to 3 first come first serve sites marked by a post in the ground. If occupied, camp at least a quarter mile away.

OR Section F, Page 2
Mile 1996.6: Updated directions to Big Lake Youth Camp. The youth camp does accept packages but does not offer camping.

OR Section F, Page 3
Mile 1994.6: RD1995, added directions to Big Lake Youth Camp.

OR Section F, Page 4
Mile 1998.4: Recreated .pdf file.

OR Section F, Page 7
Mile 2020 – 2021.5: Added note about camping restrictions for the Pamelia Limited Entry Area:

Pamelia Limited Entry Area, mile 2020 to 2021.5. No camping, including at Shale Lake, without a special permit. PCT users may pass through the area on the PCT.

OR Section F, Page 8
Mile 2030.8 – 2031.8: Added information about new campsite reservation system:

A new campsite reservation system for Jefferson Park [mile 2030.8 to 2031.8] is slated to begin for the 2016 hiking season. Camping within 250 feet of lakes between Memorial Day and October 31st is allowed only at designated sites, which must be reserved in advance via a special permit. Designated campsites will be marked with numbered posts. Camping outside of the 250’ designated campsite area is allowed in pre-existing hardened campsites. Check with the Willamette National Forest for more info.

OR Section F, Pages 11 – 14
Added information about the Warm Springs Reservation on each page:
Warm Springs Reservation [mile 2046.3 to 2069.4]. Please stay on the PCT right-of-way, which is 200 feet wide. Trespassing and hunting are prohibited on tribal lands.

OR Section G, Page 1
Mile 2092.4: Corrected name of Richard L. Kohnstamm Memorial Area. It’s a memorial area not a wilderness area.

OR Section G, Page 2 & 3

Added information about camping restriction within 500 feet of Ramona Falls.

OR Section G, Page 6
Mile 2125.1: Corrected number of PCT miles bypassed by the Eagle Creek Alternate. The 15.4 mile alternate bypasses 19 miles of the PCT.

OR Section G, Page 8
Added note about a recent constructed walkway across the river to Stevenson, WA.

WA Section H, Page 8
Mile 2202.7: Added camping restriction for Blue Lake:
At Blue Lake [Mile 2202.5 – 2203] within 250 feet of lakes, camping is allowed only at 9 designated sites, first come first served.

WA Section H, Page 10
Mile 2212.2: Fixed RD2212 is incorrectly marked as RD2223 on maps page.

WA Section H, Page 17
Mile 2268.4 to 2269.2: Added reminder about Yakama Indian Reservation tribal land:
In the Yakama Indian Reservation, please stay on the trail. Trespassing and hunting prohibited on tribal lands from mile 2268.4 to 2269.2.

WA Section H, Page 19

Mile 2285.1 & 2286.2: Added camping and grazing restrictions for Shoe Lake Basin:
No camping or fires in Shoe Lake Basin [E of Mile of 2285 – 2286.4]. Grazing, hitching, or tethering of stock within 200’ of lake is prohibited.

WA Section H, Page 20
Mile 2285.1 & 2286.2: Added camping and grazing restrictions for Shoe Lake Basin:
No camping or fires in Shoe Lake Basin [E of Mile of 2285 – 2286.4]. Grazing, hitching, or tethering of stock within 200’ of lake is prohibited.
Mile 2289: TR2289, corrected trail # at junction to 1112.

WA Section J, Page 8
Mile 2461.6: Updated Stevens Pass information:
Stevens Pass [mile 2461.6] is a ski resort next to the PCT with snacks, espresso service, and a restaurant that accepts resupply packages shipped via UPS or FedEx only. It’s open 7 days a week but has no overnight accommodations:
Hiker Name
c/o Stevens Pass, Through Hiker
93001 NE Stevens Pass Hwy, US 2
Skykomish, WA 98288

UPS or FEDEX ONLY!
Phone: 206-812-7844 (summer only) or 206-812-4510 ex 4350
Website: stevenspass.com
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Skykomish [mile 2461.6] is a small community 16 miles west of Stevens Pass with restaurants, motels, laundry, small store, and a Post Office [open M-F 11:30 – 3:45; Sa 8-10; 360-677-2241].
Hiker Name
c/o General Delivery
Skykomish, WA 98288

The Cascadia Inn in Skykomish has 14 rooms (they fill up fast during hiker season).
Phone: 360-677-2030; 866-677-2030
Website: www.historiccascadia.com
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Dinsmore’s Hiker Haven [mile 2461.6] in the town of Baring 23.4 miles W of the PCT are trail angels [donations accepted] w/ camping, showers, bathroom, laundry, indoor hiker dorm with bunks, and kitchenette. Hitch W to Baring on Hwy 2 to the Baring Store [now closed, mile marker 41]. From the store go over the tracks and take the first left and down to the Dinsmore’s Hiker Haven sign.

The Dinsmores no longer accept hiker packages or mail. All mail will need to be General Delivery to the Skykomish Post Office. They now have a NO ALCOHOL policy. Hikers who show up with any kind of alcohol will not be allowed to stay.

Phone Numbers:
House 360-677-1237
Andrea 253-973-3495
Jerry 206-954-2521
Website: www.dinsmoreshikerhaven.com

WA Section K, Page 1
Mile 2461.6: Updated Stevens Pass, Skykomish, and the Dinsmores.

WA Section K, Page 16
Mile 2588.6: Added information about the towns of Mazama and Winthrop:
Mazama [Mile 2588.6] is a small town 22.4 miles E of the PCT with a good store, outfitter (that accepts hiker resupply packages), restaurants, motels and trail angel Ravensong.

Goat’s Beard Mountain Supply is open 9-5 daily and accepts hiker resupply packages:
(Hiker Name)
c/o Goat’s Beard Mountain Supply
50 Lost River Road
Mazama, WA 98833

Phone: (509) 996-2515
Email: [email protected]
Website: goatsbeardmountainsupplies.com
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Trail angel Ravensong opens Ravensong’s Roost from September until the end of hiking season with a hiker hut that has a kitchen, electricity, running water, heat, a sleeping loft, and easy access to Mazama.
Website: ravensongsroost.com
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The town of Winthrop [Mile 2588.6] is 35.8 miles E of the PCT, with the North Cascades Mountain Hostel [northcascadesmountainhostel.com, 509-699-0568], a post office, library, medical services, grocery store, restaurants, and public transportation to Wenatchee (with Amtrak and NW Trailways bus service).

WA Section L, Page 1
Mile 2588.6: Added information about Mazama and Winthrop.

2016 PCT Map Updates: Campo, CA to Tuolumne Meadows, CA

Every year Halfmile’s Pacific Crest Trail maps, apps, and GPS data are updated with the latest trail information. Today updated maps are online for the first 942.5 miles of the trail — from Campo, CA to Tuolumne Meadows, CA. This year’s updates are relatively minor (see the list of changes below).

The remaining PCT maps and Pacific Crest Trail Notes will be updated over the next few weeks. Smartphone apps, gps data, and Google Earth .KMZ files should be updated in February.

Here is a complete list of changes in this first batch of map updates:

CA Section A, page 6

Mile 41.5: Added that Mount Laguna is 4/10 mile W of PCT, and it has a restaurant. Added Mount Laguna Sports phone number [619-473-0450].
Mile 47.5: Updated Mount Laguna Campground description to note campground charges a fee, showers are coin-operated.

CA Section A, page 10

Mile 77: Added phone number for Stagecoach trails RV park [760-765-3765]; corrected Julian PO phone number [760-765-3648] in app data (map was already correct).

CA Section C, page 8
Mile 276.6: No picnic table at campsite CS0277, it has fallen down and is now a lumber pile.
Mile 278.6: Updated RD0279 to note that the paved section of Holcomb Valley Road 2N09 does not extend all the way from the PCT to Hwy 38.

CA Section C, page 14

Mile 323.7: Corrected name of dam to Cedar Springs Dam.
Mile 323.8: Updated directions where PCT joins Hwy 73.

CA Section D, page 5

Mile 387.9: Added the following Mount Williamson alternate note:
At about mile 387.9 the PCT turns but a use trail continues straight and climbs to the summit of Mount Williamson. It’s easy to miss the turn and end up on the summit.

CA Section D, page 11
Mile 444.4: Removed information about Hiker Heaven closure (they will reopen in 2016), removed information about the Acton KOA accepting hiker resupply packages.

CA Section D, page 12

Mile 454.5: Agua Dulce information updated with the following information about Hiker Heaven reopening for 2016:

Agua Dulce [mile 454.5] is a small town on the PCT with a good grocery store, restaurants, pay phones, ATM and Hiker Heaven [AKA the Saufley’s]. Hiker Heaven will be open April 1 through June 30 in 2016, and for southbound thru-hikers in the fall of 2016. Hiker Heaven has a limit of 50 hikers per night, first-come, first-serve, no reservations, 2-night max stay. Hiker Heaven accepts resupply packages sent by USPS, UPS, FedEx or DHL. Include ETA on your package.
PCT Hiker (your name)
c/o The Saufley’s
11861 Darling Road
Agua Dulce, CA 91390

Saufley’s Home Phone: 661-268-1235
Hiker Heaven guest house [hiker] phone: 661-268-1348
Hiker Heaven website: www.hikerheaven.com
The PCT goes through the center of Agua Dulce. To reach Hiker Heaven walk past the grocery store and pizza place and turn left on Darling Road for 1 mile.

CA Section E, page 1
Removed note about Hiker Heaven closure (they will reopen in 2016).
Mile 456: Updated SierraHwy waypoint description to:
The PCT follows Sierra Hwy W for 1/10 mile, then N on Mint Canyon Rd to Peterson Rd.

CA Section E, page 13

Mile 558: Updated Tehachapi PO general delivery zip code to 93581.

CA Section G, page 10
Mile 719 & 720: WACS0719 and WA0720 changed to WA0719 and WACS0720, respectively. There’s a campsite at 0720, not at 0719.

CA Section G, page 13

Mile 750: Removed notes about DeLacour Ranch per request of the ranch.

CA Section H, page 1

Fixed typo, minor font issue.

CA Section H, page 2

Fixed minor font issue.

CA Section H, page 3

Mile 779.5: Fixed typo in elevation of Forester Pass.

CA Section H, page 5
Mile 793.5: Added mileage missing from the description of WACSBB0793B.

CA Section H, page 20

Mile 893.5: Added note about camping restrictions within 300 feet of the outlet of Purple Lake.
Mile 895.7: Added note about camping restrictions within 300 feet of the outlet of Duck Lake.

CA Section H, page 24

Mile 923: Added note about camping restriction with 1/4 mile of the outlet of Thousand Island Lake.
Added notes about camping restrictions along the JMT alternate near Shadow Lake, and Garnet Lake.

Tracking Hikers With Google Earth

Entering the latitude and longitude from a Delorme inReach satellite message in Google Earth with Halfmile data.

Entering the latitude and longitude from a Delorme inReach satellite message in Google Earth with Halfmile data.

Many Pacific Crest Trail hikers are using satellite messaging devices like the Delorme inReach or SPOT Messenger to communicate with friends and family. Using Halfmile Project data from PCTMap.net and Google Earth can make these messages easier to understand for your followers back home.

Halfmile data is available in several different forms — and the data matches exactly, no matter which form you are using. The data is available as follows:

  • Printable PCT maps
  • Android or iPhone Apps
  • Google Earth KML files
  • GPX files for loading into a GPS or third party Smartphone GPS app
  • Trail Notes

A Halfmile point on the printable maps is the same in Google Earth or the Halfmile smartphone apps. If a satellite messenger sends latitude and longitude coordinates, these can easily be viewed by friends back home in Google Earth or simulated in the Halfmile smartphone app.

Here are the steps to follow a hiker using a satellite message and Google Earth with Halfmile data:

    1. Download and install Google Earth.
    2. Download the Halfmile Google Earth KMZ file.
    3. Open the Halfmile KMZ file in Google Earth and save it to “My Places.”
    4. Expand the satellite message and note the latitude and longitude [see screen capture above].
    5. Enter the latitude and longitude in the Google Earth Search field [see screen capture above] and select the “Search” button.
    6. Google Earth will zoom to the location and show a marker [usually a pushpin] at your hiker’s location.
    7. If you have followed the steps correctly, the path of the Pacific Crest Trail and Halfmile waypoints will also be shown in Google Earth. It will be easy to see the location of your hiker in relation to these landmarks. In the screen capture above, the hiker is at a waypoint named WA2658, between PCT miles 2658 and 2658.5. You may need to expand the Google Earth “Time Sliders” to see all of the Halfmile waypoints.

Halfmile data is updated each year, usually in January. For constancy, use the latest data. If you are using 2015 Halfmile maps, be sure to use the 2015 Google Earth or 2015 GPX files. If you are using other PCT information sources, the mileages may not match exactly.

Note: A version of this blog post first appeared on the HalfmileProject.org bog.

Mountain Fire Unofficial Alternate (Mile 162)

Mountain Fire alternate map

Mountain Fire alternate map

Today we are publishing an unofficial alternate route around the Mountain Fire near Idyllwild. Maps can be downloaded here.

The 2013 Mountain Fire extensively damaged Pacific Crest Trail and it remains closed for the 2015 hiking season from the Cedar Springs Trail (mile 162.6) north to Tahquitz Creek (mile 177.2).

Unpaved May Valley Road has opened for the 2015 PCT hiking season and this makes alternate routes around the Mountain Fire closure considerably easier for hikers.

This alternate route is similar to suggestions from the Pacific Crest Trail Association, but is slightly shorter, uses fewer paved roads, and mostly avoids Highway 74. The alternate map also includes directions to and from Idyllwild, where many hikers will be stopping to resupply.

Related Links:
PCTA Mountain Fire Closure Page
San Bernardino National Forest Mountain Fire closure order
Wikipedia Mountain Fire Page
Hikin’ Jim’s trip report about the last eight miles of this alternate

-Halfmile

Alternatives to the PCTHYOH app

We noticed recently that Ruffwork’s popular PCTHYOH app is no longer available from the Apple iTunes app store. The app was widely used by Pacific Crest Trail hikers to store Halfmile maps for offline viewing when cellular or wi-fi internet connections are not available.

Sadly, Ruffwork passed away last year on April 17, 2014. We can only speculate, but possibly Ruffwork’s Apple Developer Membership has expired and this would caused the PCTHYOH app to no longer be available on the iTunes store. The PCTHYOH app should continue to function for hikers who have it installed on iPhones and it appears to still be available on the Android Google Play Store.

Hikers looking for another way to view Halfmile maps on smartphones can use any .pdf reader app, such as Adobe Reader. Here are step by step instructions:

Acrobat Reader in Apple iTunes store

Adobe Reader in Apple iTunes app store.

1) Start the App Store app on your iPhone and search for Adobe Reader. Install the Adobe Reader app.

Finding a Halfmile map using the Safari app.

Finding a Halfmile map using the Safari app.

2) Launch the Safari app on your iphone and navigate to https://www.pctmap.net/maps-url-loading/ The .pdf map files on this web page are optimized for viewing on smartphones and are not compressed .zip files that would require a special app to uncompress them.

3) Select a link to a map section and the map will load into Safari. You can view Halfmile maps in Safari, but only when you have a cellular or wi-fi internet connection.

Using Safari to Open a Halfmile .pdf file in another iphone app.

Using Safari to view a Halfmile .pdf file in another iphone app. Note the “Open in…” option that appears after tapping the map.

4) Tap the map in Safari app and note the “Open in…” option.

Apps available to open .pdf files will vary depending on what apps are installed on your iphone.

Apps available to open .pdf files will vary depending on what apps are installed on your iphone.

5) When you select “Open in…” you will find the option to open the Halfmile .pdf map with any iPhone apps that support .pdf files. Select “Open in Adobe Reader.”

Viewing a Halfmile Map in Acrobat Reader.

Viewing a Halfmile Map in Adobe Reader.

6) The Halfmile .pdf map will be opened in Adobe Reader and stored for offline viewing.

7) Repeat the steps for each map section you want to download to your smartphone.

A library of Halfmile Maps available for offline viewing from the Acrobat Reader Documents menu.

A library of Halfmile Maps available for offline viewing from the Adobe Reader Documents menu.

8) You can see all the stored .pdf files in the Adobe Reader Documents menu option.

It’s best to load maps in Adobe Reader when you have a wi-fi internet connection or a strong LTE cellular signal.

Adobe Reader is a very useful app for hikers that will store and view any .pdf file such as Halfmile Maps, the PCT Water Report (use the links to .pdf format not .html format), bus schedules, instructions manuals, and many other documents.

Check Out the New Elevation Profiles!

forester_elevation_profile

Halfmile’s Pacific Crest Trail maps have been updated for 2015 and they include cool new elevation profiles created by programmer Tom “66” Reid.

Colors used on FAA charts.

Colors used on FAA charts.

The new elevation profiles feature color coding in the style of FAA Aeronautical Charts, improved formatting to show more waypoints, and mileage that matches the 2015 Halfmile PCT mileage estimates.

Information on the elevation profiles includes:

  • Page numbers to identify which PCT map pages are covered.
  • Black dots for every half mile of trail.
  • Red dots marking individual waypoints along the PCT.
  • PCT mileage from the Mexican border every two miles.
  • Elevation gain/loss is estimated (see the red circle above) for every two mile section of PCT.

The new elevation profiles are included with each section of PCT maps, or just the new elevation profiles for California can be downloaded here, or Oregon/Washington profiles can be downloaded here. Since PCT mileage estimates have changed for 2015, be sure not to mix and match 2014 and 2015 version of PCT maps, apps, or GPS data.

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