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PCT Gear List

This is an ultralight PCT Gear list for those thru hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in 2022.

I have thru hiked the PCT and completed the thru hiking triple crown so my recommendations come backed with a bit of experience on the trail when it comes to recommending the best Pacific Crest Trail Packing List.

The biggest financial investment will be in the big four. The Backpack, Tent, Sleeping Bag and Sleeping Mat.

What to pack on the Pacific Crest Trail takes a little time and a little investment in money but everything on the Ultralight PCT List is easily available and reasonably priced.

PCT Thru Hike Gear List 2022

The Pacific Crest Trail is tough. Starting in the dry desert with long dry sections require you to carry heavy amounts of water. For this a you need a quality ultralight backpack for the PCT.

Then comes the cold high mountains of the Sierra which requires cold weather gear, bear canisters and potentially snow gear like an ice axe and microspikes.

Later comes Northern California which is tough on the feet. You will need to choose the best hiking shoes for the PCT to prevent injury.

Towards the end of the trail in Washington State you may encounter lots of rain or maybe snow. You will need the ultralight rain gear for the PCT.

Below I have all the best gear for the Pacific Crest Trail.

Read the complete article written by Brad McCartney here.


May 5, 2022

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Hi there, I’m Brad McCartney from Australia. I set up BikeHikeSafari to document my life as an Adventure Cyclist, Hiker, Photographer and Nature Lover. Somehow it turned into so much more than that and is now a resource for all thing Hiking, Backpacking, Thru Hiking, Bikepacking and Bicycle Touring. With a combination of hiking gear reviews, gear lists, info on hiking trails and bicycle touring destination guides.

I started this website by accident after suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I quit my career as a Police Officer and followed my dream to cycle and hike the most amazing places on the planet and was looking for some way to document my journey.


While DEET products may be more familiar by name and their chemical smell, sprays with 20 percent picaridin, like Sawyer Products, offer comparable protection without the harsh odor and oily feeling on your skin.

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The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).

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SAWYER MINI WATER FILTER, $22 This has been my water filter of choice for years now. The bags can be iffy — I have had a few break – so carry a couple. However, the filter itself is reliable, light and inexpensive. -Logan

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