Essentials for the Pacific Coast Trail

 Essentials for the Pacific Coast Trail

A very real impact along the PCT of people not having better daily plans is that more hikers choose campsites and tent pads that do not follow another LNT principle: Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces Campsites, even if only for one night, should be at least 200 feet away from the PCT and water sources. The Guide to the Superior Hiking Trail” details the Trail, landmarks, mileages and campsites with information about the number of tent pads, water sources, and distances between sites. They can advance quickly through backcountry campsites when people don’t wash their hands sufficiently, and make their way onto food and into water sources.

Most of the 221 campsites assessed were within a few hundred feet of water.” Cole suggests that many of these campsites and their resource impacts are avoidable” given that only about 10 groups camped within the area on typical nights, and even peak use would never exceed several times this figure.” Campsite proliferation to numbers that substantially exceed actual need can be a common problem associated with unregulated and general dispersed camping polices, including in eastern wilderness areas (Reid and Marion 2004). Facilities: 29 campsites(15 trailer sites), piped water and vault toilets.

We like the BeFree for trail running and quick backcountry trips around water sources, but we don’t normally use it as our primary purification method for multi-day backpacking. Visitor Centers: The park’s Visitor Centers and adjacent camping and picnicking areas have potable water available at faucets and drinking fountains. Coe Park features a variety of water resources including lakes, ponds, creeks, and springs.

Twenty-three campsites offer access to the lake, fishing, and amazing views of Steens Mountain. Cedar Lake, Cold Water Cove Campground – This is a must for anyone interested in the Mackenzie River Trail and Sahalie and Koosah Falls. Next to Water Sources: Camping next to water sources can often mean more bugs, condensation and the possibility of unwelcome nocturnal visitors (see Bears in Health & Safety).

To reach the trailhead, drive through Borrego Palm Canyon Campground, the largest developed campground in the park, where an eight-dollar day use fee is charged. For primitive/backcountry camping and day-use, it reads that Vehicles must be parked no more than 1 vehicle length off the road. Vern Whitaker Horse Camp 10 site reservations accepted $30 per night drinking water, picnic tables, fire rings, showers, and flush toilets elevation 960 feet.

There is absolutely no shortage of camping in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Four developed campgrounds with 175 total sites and eight primitive campgrounds with even more places to camp are located throughout the park. These reasons apply to all ecosystems (alpine, desert, grassland, etc) and as such, camping away from water sources is good ‘Leave No Trace’ practice in all situations. I’ve read one of the US national forest or wilderness websites that when camping in the wild, one should camp at a certain distance from a water source.

Portable water heaters are great for outdoor activities like camping, RV living, hiking, fishing or even living off the grid. Simply hook it up to the propane tank and water source and you’re ready to go. Take your camping experience to the next level with this portable hot water heater. The Zodi portable on-demand water heater is designed to give you a great, hot shower on backcountry camping trips or hunting trips.  On the topic of water, it is incredibly important to ensure you have a clean supply of drinking water at all times on your hike.  We recommend a Berkey filter water bottle, you can learn more about Berkey filters at

This portable water heater is great for outdoor activities, camping trips, and showering up to 4 people quickly. Chimney Pond provides day hiking access to all Katahdin peaks and to Russell Pond Campground via Davis Pond and the Northwest Basin Trail. This campground provides trailhead access to Russell Pond via the Wassataquoik Lake Trail and day hikes to Doubletop Mountain.

One of the Park’s busiest campgrounds, and the most popular trailhead for hiking to Chimney Pond, and Katahdin. Privately run campgrounds come with rustic amenities: stake your tent at Blue Jay Campsite on Big Tupper Lake, where a marina offers daily paddleboard rentals.

Daniel Donny

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