Pacific Crest Trail Gear List: Crater Lake to Canadian Border

Section: Crater Lake to Canadian Border

Pack ULA Circuit 40 yes
Pack Liner Trash Compactor Bag 2.18 yes
Tarp Outdoor Equipment Supplier Maccat Tarp 15 yes
Ground Cloth Tyvek Ground Cloth 4.8 yes
Insulation Top Enlightened Enigma 20 Quilt 22.85 yes
Insulation Bottom Thermarest NeoAir Xlite (long) 15.92 yes
Socks #2 Socks 1 yes
Underwear Patagonia Underwear 4.7 yes
Hiking Shorts NYU Shorts 11 yes
Hiking Shirt Marmot LS Shirt 7 yes
Insulation Top Arc’Teryx Cerium LT Hoody 13.85 yes
Wind Shell Bottom NOLs Wind Pants 10.63 yes
Rain Shell Top Marmot Super Mica Rain Jacket 9.95 yes
Insulating Hat Outdoor Designs Hat 0.74 yes
Bandana Bandana 1.29 yes
Shoes New Balance Trail Runners 23.52 yes
Socks #1 Socks 1 yes
Stove Snow Peak Giga Power Stove 1.98 yes
Cook Pot GSI Outdoors Cook Pot 7.69 yes
Utensil Long Spoon 0.51 yes
Water Filter Sawyer Squeeze 3.42 yes
Water Scoop DIY Scoop/Adapter 0.59 yes
Water storage lL Bladder 1.41 yes
Water Bottle smart water bottle 1.29 yes
Water Bottle smart water bottle 1.3 yes
Light Petzl Tikka Head Lamp 3.19 yes
Fire Starter Mini Bic Lighter 0.4 yes
Toothbrush Portable Toothbrush w/ toothpaste 1.05 yes
Cash/Credit Card cash/Credit/atm Card/ID 0.5 yes
Phone/music Galaxy s4 6.27 yes
Charger phone charger 2 yes
Battery Anker Battery 4.78 yes
Trek poles Black Diamond Trek Poles 20.22 yes
Base Weight 173.3 68.73


Conditions Faced:

North of Crater Lake, it rained almost continuously for four days. Had I not been given a rudimentary tarp, I would have been in big trouble. From that point on, it did not rain until Washington.

Through Oregon, temperatures stayed hot, but all the trees provided enough shade to not hike in a hat. Some people never ditched their sun hats. I hiked in a bandana from mid Oregon to the border.

Mosquitos were still a problem through most of Oregon and the southern half of Washington.

It rained three times in Washington, and temperatures reached a low of 17 degrees on the third to last night on the trail. For the most part, the weather was perfect for hiking. North of Trout Lake, days fluctuated between 60 to 75 degrees. 

After Hike Notes:

Backpack System
  • By this point, my pack felt like a part of my body.
  • The trash compacter bag stayed perfect, without any holes, for the duration of the entire Thru Hike. It was pretty amazing.
Shelter System
  • From Crater Lake to Cascade Locks I used a rudimentary ‘blue tarp’ given to me by a nice lady after a hitch. Lucky for me, I accepted it, as it rained for several days after that. This tarp would later team up with other hiker shelters to create The Darla Module. It is a  conglomeration of tarps and tents creating a four person shelter.
  • From Cascade Locks to the border, I carried a real, silnylon tarp from Outdoor Equipment Supplier. It kept me dry when it rained a few days in Washington. I would have liked an enclosed tent for some of the colder nights. Or, at least a bivy.
  • I ditched the Gossamer Gear Polycryo ground cloth at The Dinsmores (Skykomish), and began using a tyvek ground cloth. It is heavier, but possibly the cheapest, most effective ground cloth you can use.
Sleep System
  • By Washington, my Enigma quilt was pretty dirty. Loft and therefore warmth, was effected. The 20 degree quilt was probably a 30-35 degree quilt now. I had my hottest night on the entire trail just north of Cascade Locks (lowest elevation on the trail), and my coldest night on the trail three days south of the border. 17 degrees marked the lowest temperature. I was very uncomfortable that night.
  • I would not recommend cowboy camping in Washington, especially after mid September. A bivy, or tent would have made some North Cascade nights more comfortable.
  • The Thermarest NeoAir Xlite is the best sleeping pad money can buy. Worth it. Always.
Clothing System
  • I definitely wish I had a heavier pair of sleep socks.
  • One pair of boxers was enough for me. The Patagonia Boxers were very comfortable and durable.
  • I hiked mostly in shorts, but needed a good pair of pants too.
  • The Marmot Stinson shirt I wore the entire trip lasted, but a lot of seams were starting to burst. Super glue melted a small hole in the front.
  • My Arc’Teryx jacket was not as warm as it should be, due to being dirty. It was an absolute necessity for Washington. I could have used one more, light insulation layer for a few nights at the end.
  • I ditched the Montbell Dynamo pants at Cascade Locks for the much heavier, but warmer and more durable NOLs wind pants. I hiked in these pants a bunch of times, especially when it rained. They are very quick drying. Many parts of the trail are lined with brush and scratch your legs. Pants help with that.
  • A rain shell is very useful in Washington.
  • Ditched the gloves. Needed all the warmth the hat could give me.
  •  I ditched my hat and just wore a bandana for the duration of this section.
  • I used the same New Balance 610s from Mt. Shasta to the border. They were destroyed and the soles were totally crushed. My Superfeet insoles were flat. I don’t recommend wearing trail runners for over a 1000 miles.
  • I had to repair multiple rips in my Dirty Girl gaiters, but I love these little things. They never come off.
Cooking System
  • By this point, cooking is a science. Stove, fuel, cook pot, utensil. All working fine and efficiently.
  • The long spoon is still the King of Utensils!
Hydration System
  • The Sawyer Squeeze is still alive and well.
  • Through Oregon there were a few, dry stretches. Washington had a lot of water.
  • I’ve broken so many bladders. I finished the trail with a 1 liter bladder. It was given to me by another hiker. I did not carry water in Washington. There was so much around.
  • I found uses for my pocket knife daily.
  • A lighter should always be in your pack.
  • Advil!
  • Not very hygienic.
  • I used the Halfmile App and PCTHYOH App on a daily basis on my phone.
  • I used the Anker Battery for all of Washington. It is an awesome battery. It charged my iPod three times, or my Galaxy phone twice.
  • I listened to books or music everyday.

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