Vegan PCT Resupply, SoBo
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This spreadsheet was created by four vegan hikers, Bug, Mud, Harpo and Groucho, who all hiked south. It is intended to help others make informed decisions, but is just our experience. As always, things may have changed or be different depending on the year.
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miles to Mexico/Miles off trail/Name
mile countdown
Mud and Bug (SoBo 2014) say:Harpo and Groucho (SoBo 2015) say:
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2690 Hart's Pass beginning Northbound
2690If you are headed SOBO, you will likely get a ride to Hart's Pass, and hike 30 miles north to tag the border to begin your SOBO Journey. Many people pack 3-4 days of food for the trip to the border and back to Hart's Pass.
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2660 - Monument 78 / border2660
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2630 Hart's Pass2630Many people cache 3 days of food at Hart's Pass for their next leg of 50 miles down to Stehekin. If you are a responsible human, you can check the rules on how long you can legally cache food.
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2574+11 *Stehekin PO (guthook says mile 2580)
2580Definitely send a box. Really good salad at the bakery. Mud carried out a loaf of bread. There's a great hummus sandwich, great salads at the bakery. Restaurant and store are minimal and overpriced. Definitely send a box.
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2476+15 Skykomish PO2476Send a box. There's a Safeway in Leavenworth if you want to hitch. Lots of traffic going both ways on Highway 2. There is a surprisingly sweet and hiker-friendly grocery store at Skykomish. Our family brought us resupply here in person, but you could get basic items in Skykomish in a pinch.
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2402+00 Snoqualmie Pass PO 2402Send box. There's a great vegan curry at the Aardvark food truck. Make sure to check both hiker boxes (one at gas station and one at hotel). We sent a box here and didn't visit the grocery store. There is a big diner/cafe we ate at that I don't recommend.
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2303+01 *White Pass PO 2303Send a box to Whites Pass if not hitching. Packwood grocery store is okay... better than a gas station. We got a big pizza without cheese in Packwood. The store was so accommodating and made affordable/awesome vegan sandwiches. Plenty of vegan snacks at the store. We had a box sent here for resupply.
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Trout Lake2234Send box here. The general store has bare minimum - ramen and oats. Found good huckleberry lemonade and wood-fired pizza without cheese.
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2155+00 *Cascade Locks Ale House
2155Probably send a box. Grocery store is better than a gas station but minimal. We had trouble finding vegan food at any of the restaurants. There were plenty of fruit stands though. The pizza/pub place is SO nice to hikers and made us a vegan pizza no problem. We ordered extra italian dressing and pizza sauce for dipping. The grocery store is abysmal - barely any produce. Although they do have vegan ice cream pints. Sometimes there are people selling cherries near the bridge.
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2107+00 *Timberline Lodge 2107Definitely send box. We struggled at the buffet with all the meat and cheese but ended up with some delicious fruit and potatoes. Also the best coffee ever. In 2015 the restaurant had their shit together. The Blue Ox in the basement was open until 11pm and made us individual vegan pizzas. We slept out nearby and came back for the breakfast buffet. WE explained we were vegan and they made us a veggie tofu scramble that was enormous and totally vegan and the best breakfast I had the whole trail. Lots of coffee and fruit too. We had a box sent here for resupply.
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2054+00 *Olallie Lake Resort 2054Good cold drinks and some snack foods. We didn't resupply here but hung out for a couple hours. In 2015 they had newer owners and a lot of backpacking snacks. You could do a ramen/oats resupply here.
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2002+02 *Big Lake Youth Camp 2002Free vegetarian meals for all hikers! Super great folks. The camp director invited us to have coffee with him on his porch. This place had the holy grail of hiker boxes as lots of section hikers have over-resupplied and sent stuff here. If I were to do it again, I'd see if I could resupply from the box. If not, just hitch into Bend or Sisters at the next crossing.
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1981.3 - Hwy 242 (Mackenzie Pass - Sisters & Bend)
1981Lots of food available in Bend, no need to send box. Veggie burger, beer and hot tub at McMenamins, lots of Thai places, etc. Bend is a major town, although the services are kind of spread out. Helpful to rent bikes if you are staying in town.
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Elk Lake Resort1958We didn't resupply here but had good huevos rancheros at the restaurant - subbed potatoes instead of eggs and it came with tons of vegetables and acovado. Lunch wasn't so great, we ended up with just hummus and pita while our friends ate burgers and milkshakes. Just got beer here. When we bought singles they were $5 each, but a 6 pack is $15. Think ahead. Super expensive food didn't seem worth it so we didn't bother.
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1912+01 *Shelter Cove Resort 1912We sent a box here. The store was very bare. We sent a box here but didn't really need to. There was another fantastic hiker box. This is where you see NOBOS in full force and they are all sick of their resupply. There were full jars of peanut butter, extra bars, ramens, etc. The store is depressing for vegans. Don't get your hopes up unless you only want a liquid lunch.
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1830+01 *Mazama Village Store 1830Send a box. The restaurant had okay vegan/vegetarian options.We sent a box. The store had okay snacks. The restaurant had vegan options but they were disappointing. Not worth the price.
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Fish Lake1780We had tater tots and beers. 1 mile off trail - easy walk. Decent hiker box. A few emergency items (ramens and oats) at the store.
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1727+13 Ashland PO 1727No need for box. Super awesome co-op, vegan food everywhere. Yes... and was an easy hitch from Callahans. Recommend stopping at Callahans - in 2015 they offered hikers a complimentary beer. They have a good hiker box, and the staff will sometimes help you find a ride with customers going back to Ashland.
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1662+00 *Seiad Valley PO 1662Northern California was on fire in 2014 so we didn't get to stop here. This spot had a great hiker box (again SO many NOBOs here!) The general store had an impressive array of ramen flavors including Chili flavor which was new to us. But otherwise it was not a good resupply stop.
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1606+10 Etna1606....or here. Etna was a super sweet town - though the road is lightly traveled so we had to wait 30 minutes for a hitch. You can sleep for free in the park. The grocery store is fine. The cafe on the corner is nice, and the brew pub had a vegan option on the menu and excellent local brews.
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1506+02 *Ammarati's Market 1506Send box. Bare minimum everything unless you hitch to Mt. Shasta or Dunsmuir. Dunsmuir has some pretty good restaurants with passable vegan options. At this mile point on the trail you can camp for cheap at the campground's PCT site, which is walking distance from Ammarati's market which has okay snacks, beers, and a passable junk food resupply option. Dunsmuir and Shasta are just up I5, but it's a little bit difficult to hitch. We got as far as Dunsmuir and then had to call a shuttle eventually for about $25 to get to Shasta. Shasta has a fantastic co-op with great vegan options in the cafe (vegan ruben!), as well as all that you would want in the market, but is VERY expensive. It's right across from the laundry mat though, and the gear store down the street is sweet.
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1424+00 *Burney Falls Camp Services
1424We hitched into the town of Burney where we had a box waiting but probably could've resupplied from the grocery store. We got some frozen Annie's burritos/enchilladas at the camp store and microwaved them. Also plenty of junk food resupply and a hiker box. We didn't get resupply here.
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1378 - Old Station PO (plus nice hiker friendly hostel who will take you to Burney...
1378Send box. Bare minimum everything. Make sure not to get stuck here waiting for the post office to open (we arrived on a 3-day weekend). There is NOTHING. We ate campbells soup and spaggheti and were very sad until the post office opened and we could leave. We got junk food resupply at the gas station here (enough food for 1.5 days).
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Drakesbad Guest Ranch1353No store but pretty good breakfast and lunch. Oatmeal and fruit was good for breakfast, lunch was tacos. Ed is very friendly to hikers.They were very sweet humans. We only ate dinner here. Our portions were decent but it was expensive for mashed potatos and veggies, furthermore, Groucho had extreme stomach issues that night and suspect the veggies and/or potatos were cooked with butter. However... they had my favorite white wine: gruner veltliner! (ps - mice know how to get into the bear box at the nearby campground.)
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1334+08 Chester PO 1334We were dropped off at the post office which was 1/2 block from a candy store, and 1/2 block from an excellent pizza place. The grocery store was a few blocks down, and plenty large for a good vegan resupply. The town is really spread out... But has a good array of services.
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Belden is near 1289+01 *Little Haven
1298Send box here. The general store is pretty minimal. We had good potatoes and veggies for breakfast. We just got food at the restaurant and a few snacks for fun. The restaurant was decent.
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1270+12 Quincy PO 1270There are several opportunities to hitch to quincy. We took the second one at the advice of a former thru hiker/local. The hitch was easier at that road he said, and proved it by giving us a hitch. Quincy has an EXCELLENT CO OP. A DREAM. Quincy was one of my favorite stops. As a vegan, I would prioritize going into quincy for resupply, over belden, chester, etc.
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1198+02 Sierra City Country Store / Truckee might be better?
1198We sent a box here. The general store was okay and had some produce. The restaurants we willing to accomodate us if we asked, but not much vegan food on the menus. Sierra City gets mixed reviews, but it has good basic resupply items (ramen, oats), some produce, and a decent deli sandwich. The 2 restaurants were both fine and accomodating for us.
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1159+08 Truckee PO 1159We came into town for food but not resupply, though it would've been an easy resupply. There was a nice natural food store with smoothies and chocolate, among other things. Easy resupply in Truckee... grocery and outfitter were in the same strip mall. The Post Office is a mile or two away though.
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Echo Lake1093We hear they are no longer receiving boxes. call to check. From here you can hitch to South Lake Tahoe. The camp store here has a few items, but I really recommend South Lake Tahoe instead. There is a list of South Lake Tahoe trail angels willing to offer rides at the Echo Lake Chalet bulletin board.
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1093+10 South Lake Tahoe PO 1093Easy resupply at grocery store or natural food market. Vegan pizza (with vegan cheese!) available at Lake Tahoe Pizza Co. In addition to Bug's notes about the EXCELLENT PIZZA in at Tahoe Pizza Co, I would like to note that the new Mellow Mountain hostel here has a great kitchen facility, and a major grocery store is nearby. The Driftwood Cafe near the hostel has strong vegan brunch options. And there are several outdoor clothes stores near here including a Patagonia. On the other end of town are the PO and an excellent thru hiker's backpacking store. It's too far to walk really, but you can take a bus pretty easily.
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Kennedy Meadows North - Sonora Pass
1018Send box to KMN for sure. Limited general store and restaurant has very limited vegan options, we made pasta with marinara and stayed at the campground. Bridgeport is slightly better but still send box. Limited grocery store and not much vegetarian food in town.We sent a box here. The hitch was freaking difficult. LIke 90 minutes. The hiker box was pretty good, the bar was fine for liquid lunch. I would probably do Sonora Pass resupply if I were to do it again.
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Tuolumne Meadows942Maybe send a box here, but the store has pretty good vegetarian options for a resupply. The restaurant had a great vegan bean burger. If you hitch down to yosemite valley there is a full grocery store that's expensive but workable. GREAT STORE WITH GREAT VEGAN SNACKS. If they are open, I don't think you need to send a box here. They have some great resupply options. Also the hiker box was so awesome. We were there around Sep 10 and they were closing for the season the next day though.
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0903+08 Mammoth Lakes PO 903No need to send box. Good vegan options at Stellar Brew and other places too. Hiker Hostel is super cozy. They have a natural food store, a large grocery store, a drug store, a laundry and an outdoor store, and liquor store all within a few blocks of each other. No need to send a resupply here. But the hitch can take awhile if it is too late in the season. We hitched from Devil's Postpile. Red's Meadow is a campground near Devil's Postpile and you can also try to hitch in from here. The store here has some locally made vegan dehydrated backpacking food and other basic resupply if you don't want to get off trail.
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0831+37 Bishop PO 831No need for box. The grocery store was good and there were lots of vegan options in restaurants. Hostel has a great kitchen and is a mile from a major grocery store. Hostel will also deliver people to/from the trail for a fee, as time allows.
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Independence790Send box unless hitching to Bishop. Subway is okay, gas station has regular gas station stuff.
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0745+24 Lone Pine PO 745Send box unless hitching to Bishop, grocery store may have ramen/oats but was otherwise pathetic. Restaurant options are mostly vegetarian friendly.
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Onyx652Send box unless hitching to Lake Isabella. No store.
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0652+36 Lake Isabella PO 652No need for box. Pretty good grocery store. Vegetarian burrito available at Mexican Restaurant. Pizza was good - subbed cashews for cheese. IN same complex as grocery store.
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0558+10 *Tehachapi PO 558No need to send box in Tehachapi, grocery store is good. Mojave also had a grocery store that didn't seem as great (according to Bug). Mud though the grocery store in Mojave was decent. The bakery had a good sandwich. We didn't purchase resupply here because a friend (Bug) brought us resupply.
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Agua Dulce454Pretty good mexican food. Very nice grocery store, across from very nice cafe, across from very nice PIZZZZZZZA!
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0444+00 Acton KOA444Minimal snacks at the campground store. Microwave, sink, stove available in community room until 6pm.
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0364+05 *Wrightwood PO 370Maybe send box. Grocery store is okay. Coffee shop will make vegan breakfast burrito and possibly allow you to sleep on their porch. Pizza place will make vegan cheese-less pizza, another place made us a vegan veggie burger. Mud got some good veggie sushi and stuff at the asian american joint. There's a notebook with trail angel info at the hardware store. Pizza place was great. Grocery is fine for basics.
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0265+05 Big Bear City PO 266Big Bear City: probably send box unless going into Big Bear Lake. Big Bear Lake: Easy bus ride through town to grocery stores and thai food on the busline. Mud says he had a free vegan grand slam at Denny's for veterans day breakfast. No need for box. Grocery store is good. Great Himalayan restaurant.We stayed at Motel 6 which was on the edge of town, cheap and clean. Not very close to grocery, but there was a "Broadway" cafe about 1/2 a block away with good vegan breakfast burritos.
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0179+05 Idyllwild Inn 179No need for box. Great natural food store - Sky Island Organics - with lots of vegan options. Free trail mix for hikers. Café in natural food store has vegan sandwiches, smoothies, etc Natural food store is expensive. Has nice deli though. It's near a regular grocery store, PO, Library and near a pizza place with pitchers of beer.
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Paradise Valley Café: food not great according to Bug. Mud says he might have had a questionable vegan/vegetarian burger and fries.
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0110 + 01 Warner Springs110All we got here was water.We sent resupply via mail... which was a good call. Had a great big pizza at the newly re-opened cafe at the golf course.
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Probably send box. Check out the fruit and nut store. The general store had some produce. Mexican joint made a good burrito and there was a coffee shop in town that made an extremely overpriced breakfast burrito.
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0043+00 Mount Laguna PO43Send a box! Pine House Tavern has a good veggie burger that Bug ate two of in one day. We had decent brunch and decent dinner at Tavern. The grocery was junk food resupply. The gear store was excellent and had good bars for sale.
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0020 Lake Morena20Lake Morena: The general store is a 15 minute walk from the campground. Lots of snacks, booze and junk food resupply options. Also fries.
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