Planning

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Homemade Meals

Meal Planning Spreadsheet (.xls)
Reddit Trail Meals
Seattle Backpackers Magazine
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Gear and Route Planning Resources

Trail mileage and route/elevation profiles for the Wonderland Trail

Web Apps (some also have smart phone apps too)

http://www.outdooractive.com/en/routeplanner.html

Jump start your smartphone usage as backpacking GPS

  • Use your smartphone as a backpacking and hiking GPS. It’s excellent!
  • Try CalTopo for your pre-trip route planning and mapping. It’s the perfect companion to Gaia GPS on your smartphone.
  • Use Gaia GPS. It’s a near perfect App for hiking in the US, Canada and New Zealand and now Spain and France. (see below for using other mapping Apps and in other countries)
  • In the Pro version there are extra maps you can download For Offline Use to Gaia GPS before your trip.
  • Note: If you use CalTopo for your pre-trip route planning and map printing, and GAIA GPS on your smartphone, then your printed maps will exactly match the maps and way-points on your iPhone. That’s a big deal in the field—making everything a ton easier to follow and understand!
  • Viewranger allows you to sync planned routes to your smartphone and download maps ahead of time.
  • In the Pro version you can download more detailed maps.

 

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Checking Conditions On The Trail

InciWeb Forest fire information for the United States
Meso West Weather observations around the United States
National Weather Service Home page linking to voluminous weather data
National Weather Service Oregon Snow Level forecast: Siskiyou Mountains and Southern Oregon
National Weather Service Oregon Snow Level forecast: Cascade mountains in Lane County
National Weather Service Oregon Snow Level forecast: 
Northern Oregon Cascades
National Weather Service Washington Snow Level forecast: South Washington Cascades
National Weather Service Washington Snow Level forecast: West Slopes South Central Cascades
National Weather Service Washington Snow Level forecast: West Slopes North Central Cascades
National Weather Service Idaho Snow Level forecast: Boise Mountains
Northwest Avalanche Center Winter avalanche forecasts for the Pacific Northwest
USDA Interactive Snow Coverage Map for the Western United States This map lets you zoom and scroll on the map.
NWCC Snow Water Equivalent Update Graphs – California
NWCC Snow Water Equivalent Update Graphs – Idaho
NWCC Snow Water Equivalent Update Graphs – Montana/Wyoming
NWCC Snow Water Equivalent Update Graphs – Oregon
NWCC Snow Water Equivalent Update Graphs – Washington

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