Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hiker Gear List

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

Western Mountaineering 20 Degree Ultralight (what Liz carried on the Triple Crown)
Montbell Downhugger #2 (suitable for warm sleepers)
Katabatic Alsek 22
Marmot Plasma 15
Feathered Friends Hummingbird UL 20
Enlightened Equipment Revelation 20 degree quilt
Zpacks 20 degree quilt
Katabatic Sawatch 15

Inflatable Sleeping Pads

Therm-a-Rest NeoAir XLite
Therm-a-Rest Z Lite Sol
Sea to Summit UltraLight Mat
Klymit Inertia X Frame
Exped Synmat Hyperlite


Foam Sleeping Pads

Therm-a-Rest Z-Lite
Therm-a-Rest Z-Lite Sol
Gossamer Gear Nightlight
$5 Blue Foamy You See At Discount Camping Stores (multiple brands)



ZPacks Hexamid Solo-Plus
Tarptent Rainbow
Mountain Laurel Designs Solomid
Big Agnes Cooper Spur UL 2
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 2
Six Moons Designs Skyscrape Trekker
Six Moons Lunar Solo
MSR Hubba NX



ULA Ohm 2.0
Gossamer Gear Kumo, Gorilla, or Mariposa
Osprey Exos 48
Mountain Laurel Designs PROPHET
ZPacks Arc Blast
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Windrider 55L
Granite Gear Virga 2 or Crown 60
Six Moon Designs Fusion



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)

Light colored synthetic shirt (long sleeve for sun protection, short sleeve or tank top for more air flow)
Exofficio BugsAway Talisman Solid Shirt – Men’s
Exofficio BugsAway Breez’r Shirt – Women’s
Columbia Silver Ridge Shirt – Men’s
Columbia Silver Ridge Shirt – Women’s
REI Sahara Shirt – Men’s
REI Sahara Shirt – Women’s



Base-layer (Sierra / Washington)

SmartWool NTS 150
Icebreaker Bodyfit 200 Oasis – Men’s
Icebreaker Bodyfit 200 Oasis – Women’s
Icebreaker Bodyfit 200 Oasis Zip – Men’s
Icebreaker Bodyfit 200 Oasis Zip – Women’s
Patagonia Silkweight Bottoms – Men’s
Patagonia Lightweight Bottoms – Women’s



Bottoms (shorts / pants / skirt)

Patagonia Baggies
Solumbra Ultra Athlete Pants
Cheap running shorts (synthetic)
Rail Riders Ecomesh Pants
Purple Rain Hiking Skirt



Wind Shirt / Pants

Montbell Tachyon Anorak
Patagonia Houdini Jacket
Luke’s Windpants


Rain Gear

Montbell Versalite Jacket
Frogg Toggs Rain Suit
Marmot Precip Jacket
Marmot Precip Pants
ULA Rain Kilt
MLD Rain Mitts




ExOfficio (Men’s || Women’s)




Darn Tough ultralight merino ¼ socks
Point6 Light Socks



PossumDown Gloves
Lightweight fleece gloves




Scat down hat




Trail Designs Keg-F system (Liz has used this for 5,000 miles)
MSR Micro Rocket
Jetboil Flash Lite
Snow Peak GigaPower



Water filters / treatment options

Sawyer Squeeze
Bleach drops



Sun protection

Montbell UL Sun Block Umbrella
Euroschirm (which also licenses to Gossamer Gear, Six Moon Designs, and Anti-Gravity Gear)
SolarFlex Sun Gloves
OR Sombriolet sun hat



Snow Items (The Sierra)

Ice Axe
Katoohla Microspikes or Yaktrax




Sea to Summit X-Bowl




Snow Peak Spork



Water Storage

Platypus 3-L Big Zip
SmartWater bottles
Platypus SoftBottle 34 oz.



Head lamp (Lightweight)

Black Diamond Storm
Petzl Tikka




Swiss Army Knife



First Aid Kit

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



Halfmile Maps
PCT Water Report


Luxury Items

Spare battery
Other electronics
Journal / pen


Hygiene / Health

Bug spray
Biodegradable soap
Toilet paper
Hand sanitizer



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


Source: Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hiker Gear List

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