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.

Big Three: Shelter, Sleep System, Pack

Sleeping Bags

Inflatable Sleeping Pads

Foam Sleeping Pads

Shelters

Backpacks

PCT Thru-Hike Apparel

Footwear

Puffy Jackets

Rain Gear

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

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

Base Layer (Sierra / Washington)

Bottoms (shorts / pants / skirt)

Wind Shirt / Pants

Underwear

Socks

Gloves

Hat

Kitchen / Water Treatment

Stoves

Water Filters / Treatment

Sun Protection

Snow Items (The Sierra)

Cup / Bowl

Utensils

Bear Canister

Water Storage

The Rest of the Goods

Headlamp

Knife

Trekking Poles

First Aid Kit

Compass

Map

PCT Water Report

Trowel

Luxury Items

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

Hygiene / Health

Misc

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