Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hiker Gear List

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

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Sleeping Bags
Quilts
Inflatable Pads
Foam Pads
Shelters
Backpacks
Footwear
Puffy Jackets
Rain Gear
Sun / Next-to-Skin Clothes
Additional Sun Protection
Bottoms
Wind Jacket/Pants
Base Layers
Underwear
Socks
Gloves
Hats
Stoves
Water Treatment
Cup/Bowl
Utensils
Bear Canister
Water Storage
Headlamp
Knife
Trekking Poles
First Aid
Navigation
GPS
Snow Gear
Electronics
Hygiene
Miscellaneous
Luxury Items

Big Three: Sleep System, Shelter, Pack

Sleeping Bags

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Quilts

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Inflatable Sleeping Pads

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Foam Sleeping Pads

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Shelters

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Backpacks

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Apparel

Footwear

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Puffy Jackets

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Rain Gear

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Other Clothing

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

Sun / Next-to-Skin (Desert / NorCal / OR)

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Additional Sun Protection

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Bottoms (shorts / pants / skirt)

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Wind Jacket / Pants

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Base Layers (Sierra / Washington)

  • Smartwool Classic All-Season Base Layer- Men, Women
  • Icebreaker Bodyfit 200 Oasis- MenWomen
  • Icebreaker Bodyfit 200 Oasis Zip- MenWomen
  • REI Base Layer Bottoms- Men, Women

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Underwear

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Socks

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Gloves

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Hats

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Kitchen / Water Treatment

Stoves

READ NEXT – The Best Backpacking Stoves for Thru-Hiking

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Water Filters / Treatment

READ NEXT – Platypus QuickDraw vs. Katadyn BeFree vs. Sawyer Squeeze: Which Water Filter Should You Take Use Your Next Thru-Hike?

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Cup / Bowl

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Utensils

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Bear Canister

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Water Storage

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The Rest of the Goods

Headlamp

READ NEXT – The Best Headlamps for Thru-Hiking

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Knife

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Trekking Poles

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First Aid Kit

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GPS

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Snow Items (The Sierra)

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Electronics

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Hygiene / Health

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Miscellaneous

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Luxury Items

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Updated 11/02/2022 by Rachel Shoemaker.