Get FAQed: Pacific Crest Trail: Food

Any Questions?

What did you do about food? 

I mostly bought food along the way. I do not have any dietary restrictions and so, was able to live off peanut butter, gummies, oatmeal, Nuun or Crystal Light electrolytes, Breakfast Essentials, Starbucks Via instant coffee, Snickers bars, chips, tortillas, beans, and instant mashed potatoes. I also carry supplements and when I get to town, gorge on vegetables, fruits, and meat. Click HERE for a really good article on trail nutrition! These are locations I sent boxes to every year:

California: Warner Springs, Kennedy Meadows

Oregon: Crater Lake, Shelter Cove, Timberline Lodge. Make your boxes in Ashland, then send them forward. Research whether you send USPS or UPS.

Washington: Stehekin

*If you’re into eating only organic, you’ll need to send yourself boxes, most resupply towns are small and don’t have that option.

*One downside to mailing all your resupplies is having to work around post office schedules. Many times I saw hikers trapped in town waiting for their boxes. If you’re hiking on the cheap, you don’t want to get trapped in town.

*Buying as you go supports local economies

Did you sleep with your food?

Yes, but I like to put it in an odor free bag which you can get HERE

Cook or No Cook?

I have done both. Lately I’m into the No Cook method because it saves time and you don’t have to look for or carry stove fuel. Hot food is nice but you’ll get hot food in town.

Click HERE for some great on trail food recipes

4 thoughts on “Get FAQed: Pacific Crest Trail: Food

    1. I think the shipping charges add up, so buying as you go is cheaper. There are enough larger stores, with cheaper prices. I try to keep my resupplies in the $30-$50 range, but it depends on how many miles a day you’re doing. I was usually in town every 2.5-3.5 days on the PCT. Dehydrated beans and instant mashed potatoes are really cheap, so you can keep prices down there.

      Often box senders end up getting sick of their food, putting it in the hiker box, and buying from the store…which is nice for store buyers…although, sometimes, what someone has made isn’t quite clear and it ends up tasting like vomit. In 2014 I tried a dehydrated meal from a hiker box that looked like someone’s remains and tasted like death. So, it’s a gamble.


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