Got my PCT permit today, yay... applied for it last Wednesday. Now it's getting a bit more serious, so I wanted to get a real rough estimate for where I'll be at during the summer. Craig's http://www.pctplanner.com/ has been a great help.
Rather than start at Kennedy Meadows, I'll use Independence as the starting point for the Sierras--it's a good entry/exit point, and the last logical resupply stop. I dialed in a 2.5 mph hiking pace, and a 10.5 hour hiking day, and add 60 minutes for every 1000 feet of elevation climb.
This spits out this rough outline, though north of Tahoe I haven't scheduled many rest days at all--just one around Belden and another in Ashland. I do want to slow down through the spectacular Sierra scenery, so I'm going conservative at first as well.
- Jun 6, Tuolumne Meadows
- Jun 16, South Lake Tahoe
- Jul 1, Burney Falls State Park
- Jul 18, Ashland (Oregon)
- Jul 23,Crater Lake
- Jul 30, Sisters
- Aug 5, Timberline Lodge/Mt Hood
- Aug 15, White Pass/Highway 12 (Washington)
- Aug 19, Snoqualmie Pass
- Aug 23, Skykomish
- Aug 29, Stehekin
- Sep 2, Manning Park, BC
That's certainly a good rough guide for the summer. My mileage will vary!