Author Archives: Lon "Halfmile" Cooper

About Lon "Halfmile" Cooper

Lon Cooper is a hiker, photographer, maker of Pacific Crest Trail maps, and volunteer blogger for the Pacific Crest Trail Association. He lives near San Diego, CA and is known as "Halfmile" on the PCT. Lon's other web sites include www.pctwater.com, www.pctmap.net, and www.lon.net.

Being Wired on the Trail

A guest post from 2011 PCT hiker Wired — second of two parts

In today’s world, it is becoming more and more common for thru hikers to have an online trail journal. In my previous article, Getting Wired on the Trail, I discussed how to start a trail journal and ... Read more

Getting Wired on the Trail

A guest post from 2011 PCT hiker Wired — first of two parts

Over the five months that I hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2011, I had the unexpected fortune of being able to share my journey with thousands of people all over the world. My trail journal, and ... Read more

Halfmile's PCT Maps Updated For 2012

Halfmile’s  Pacific Crest Trail maps and GPS data have been updated for the 2012 hiking season.

Theses maps are the most current and accurate PCT maps available. They are created using GPS data logged while hiking the trail in 2007 – 2011. No other PCT maps are based on such ... Read more

Warner Springs Ranch closed pending sale

Warner Springs Ranch closed last week, apparently so it can finally be sold to the Pala Band of Mission Indians. The ranch is a hot spring resort near Pacific Crest Trail mile 110, popular with hikers. The sale was first announced back in 2009.

When I visited Warner Springs Ranch ... Read more

California snowpack near record lows

It’s still early so Pacific Crest Trail hikers should not put away that ice axe just yet, but the California Department of Water Resources reports the snowpack is one of the lowest on record so far this season. Southern Sierra snow is reported to be 26% of normal and central ... Read more