Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hiker Gear List

Based off of Liz Thomas‘ wonderful gear chapter in Pacific Crest Trials, here’s a non-exhaustive list of suggested gear items for a Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike.

Sleeping Bags

Inflatable Sleeping Pads

Foam Sleeping Pads

Shelters

Backpacks

Footwear

  • Altra Lone Peak 3.0
  • Altra Olympus
  • Brooks Cascadia
  • Salomon Speedcross
  • Salomon X-Ultra
  • La Sportiva Mutants
  • La Sportiva Bushido

Puffy Jackets

  • Montbell Thermawrap
  • Montbell Ex Light Down Anorak
  • Western Mountaineering Flash Jacket
  • Mountain Hardware Ghost Whisperer
  • Uniqlo Ultralight Down Jacket (at $70, this fashion brand actually makes a decent down)

Other Clothing

First and foremost, to get a breakdown on how clothing needs may change based on section, read this: Pacific Crest Trail Clothing System

Base-layer (Desert / NorCal / OR)

Base-layer (Sierra / Washington)

Bottoms (shorts / pants / skirt)

Wind Shirt / Pants

Rain Gear

Underwear

Socks

Gloves

Hat

Stoves

Water filters / treatment options

Sun protection

Snow Items (The Sierra)

Cup/bowl/mug

Utensils

Bear Canister

Water Storage

Head lamp (Lightweight)

Knife

Trekking Poles

First Aid Kit

  • Blister care (Leukotape)
  • Triple antibiotic (single serving packet)
  • Band-aids (just a few)
  • Hydrocortisone (single serving packet)
  • Imodium
  • Benadryl
  • Tylenol PM
  • Ibuprofen
  • Other meds

Compass

Map

PCT Water Report

Trowel

Luxury Items

  • Phone
  • Camera
  • Chargers
  • Spare battery
  • Other electronics
  • Journal / pen

Hygiene / Health

  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Toilet paper
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Supplements

Misc

  • Bug headnet
  • Hiker wallet
  • Passport / Visa (just before entering Canada)