PCT Water Report Links


Near the Third Gate

Near the Third Gate

The Pacific Crest Trail Water Reports in HTML Format:

The Pacific Crest Trail Water Report in PDF file format:

PDF format water reports can be cached on smartphones using apps such as Acrobat Reader for offline viewing. The desktop version of Acrobat Reader supports booklet printing [four pages per sheet of paper].

Seeing a Google Sign in box instead of the Water Reports? See this link.

Send updates to water@pctwater.com or phone/text (619) 734-7289 or (619) 734-PCTW [voice mail/text only, no one will answer]. These water reports are compiled from hiker updates, posts to the PCT-L, on-line trail journals, and other on-the-ground reports.

Tech-savvy hikers can view the PCT Water Report in Google Drive format here. Google Drive format requires a Google account and allows exporting the PCT Water Report in a variety of different file formats [OpenDocument, Excel, HTML, CSV, etc].

Mileage and waypoint names used in the water report are from Halfmile’s PCT maps.

Water Quality: None of the water sources have been tested for water quality and safe consumption. Treat the water using an approved method. Several reports have been received of dead critters in water tanks and springs – since the trail is in critter habitat, assume they could be in any open water source. Much of Southern California is DESERT, so be thankful for the water you find, and treat it.

Water sources change quickly. Reports are only as accurate as the last hiker’s update. Check the date reported and consider that in your planning.

Water Caches should not be relied on. If there is water at a cache, please take only enough to get you to the next water supply and do not waste water. Caches often run dry, especially when large numbers are hiking during peak thru-hiking season.

Leave No Trace (LNT) is a set of principles designed to cultivate outdoor ethics and protect the natural integrity of our land. By following and promoting LNT, you blend your hike with the natural environment and lessen your impact on the trail and the world. The basic principles of LNT:

  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Trash and Waste Properly
  • Leave What You Find
  • Minimize Campfire Impact
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Other Visitors

For more information on LNT visit the Leave No Trace Center For Outdoor Ethics at www.LNT.org.

These reports are provided as a free service to PCT hikers. I believe the information is accurate but the reports may contain errors. The reports are distributed in the hope that they will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.

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