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,, and

Belden Post Office closed

Belden trail angel Laurie J. Braaten reports that the postmaster there has retired and the Belden Post Office is closed. This situation might change but currently Belden has no postal service.

The Braatens can accept hiker resupply packages when they are open late June and July (they close August ... Read more

Nine-year-old Monkey completes the PCT

Nine-year-old Monkey and her mother Mamma Bear finished the Pacific Crest Trail yesterday on Sunday, September 23rd.

From Mamma Bear and Monkey’s excellent blog:

“We were excited that we had accomplished what we set out to do: we hiked the entire official PCT with no flips, no skips, no shortcuts ... Read more

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Southern California Fires

Vallecito Lightning Complex Fire The Vallecito Lightning Complex fire (570 acres, 0% contained) appears to be burning about a half mile east of the PCT near the Mason Valley Truck Trail (PCT mile 62). No InciWeb page, but some info can be found using the #VallecitoIC hashtag on Twitter. Links... Read more

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