We’re going to be “gone” for approximately 3 months off in the wilderness, but it’s not like we’re dropping off the face of the planet. Some people have asked really good questions like “How do you carry food for 3 months?”

Rog food planning

Rog planning out the next dozen resupplies throughout California. Note that the boxes are cram packed with important items like local topo maps, chocolate, data on water availability, and nutella and sadly there just isn’t any room for homemade cookies.

Resupply Food – How it Works Thankfully, we don’t have to. We will be coming out of the wilderness to small towns along the way every 3-11 days. Sometimes (rarely), the trail goes right through an awesome trail town where we can shower, eat a wonderously healthy meal, buy fresh fruit and baked goods and stock up on food for the next segment. Mostly, we’ll hit a highway or trailhead in the middle of nowhere and have to hike or hitchhike 10 to 30 miles to the nearest place where we can resupply. Sometimes those towns aren’t very big and don’t have much more than a gas station or convenience store. Places like these don’t have awesome options for fueling your body for maximum performance. That’s why we ship ourselves resupply packages full of vegetarian friendly food for our journey ahead.

So 6 weeks from now, we can open up a care package from ourselves with scrumptious vittles that make our hearts sing. You know, stuff like dried potato flakes, dehydrated hummus and yet another wonderful round of dried chili.

“Ye gods! What a bountiful harvest!” we’ll exclaim loudly in the post office. “This reminds me of getting lovingly crafted care packages back at Camp Winnamachaongaloonga!”

We love chocolate chip care packages. Oatmeal raisin, ginger snap, cranberry white chocolate, brownies, peanut butter cup, toffee bars and pretty much any other flavor too!

We love chocolate chip care packages. Oatmeal raisin, ginger snap, cranberry white chocolate, brownies, peanut butter cup, toffee bars and pretty much any other flavor too!

We’ll think nostalgically about that bygone era of looking forward to care packages full of letters from loved ones and cookies. We will think fond thoughts about friends and family that care about us so much and we will write postcards (these days we can also scribe fond blog entries) to those people who we miss and look forward to seeing again after we eat the cookies that they sent us in the wonderful care packages.

Seriously – Care Packages – How it Works We know that there are a lot of instructions here, and we’re not trying to scare you, but if you should happen to desperately want to send us a package, it would be great if we actually got it. Picking up mail on the trail is much more involved than simply going out to the mailbox in front of our house at home.

Letters can be mailed First Class (normal regular mail).

Most boxes must be mailed Priority Mail through the US Post Office. If you send a box via First Class or Parcel Post, we probably won’t get it. Don’t believe the Post Office employees when they tell you they can have a Parcel Post box to us in a week to 10 days from now, it just isn’t true. These post offices are often in hard to get to places (sometimes the mail comes in on a mule…I’m not kidding).

Some maildrop locations only take UPS. Those locations are noted in my maildrop list below. If you send a box via USPS Priority Mail to a UPS address, we won’t get it.

Do not use FedEx.

However you send the box, please make sure that we do not have to sign for it.

What should you put in a box? Care packages don’t have to be huge. Food is good. Cookies, notes from you, cookies, newspaper clippings and cookies are all things that we like.

What should you not put in a box? Anything that we would have to carry. If you send cute little stuffed animals, or toys or books, we’ll have to send those home, because we can’t take them on the trail with us.

We don’t have firm dates for when we’ll be at specific locations. If we say that we’ll be someplace on July 5, it’s possible that we’ll get there a couple of days early or late. Or we could be off by a week or more. Plans are never set in stone on the trail, so it’s a good idea to plan for your box to get to the town a couple of days earlier than our estimated time of arrival (ETA). If you’re planning on sending us something, we suggest that you contact us beforehand to check on our predicted arrival date. The best idea is to send us a text since we’ll most reliably get those (Rog is 510-410-0720, Jen is 415-378-4074), but phone calls at those numbers or email will also work.

It’s very important that you address each letter/box exactly as we’ve detailed on the maildrop list below. And don’t forget to add “Hold for PCT Hiker. ETA: (date)” on the bottom left corner of all boxes and letters. It’s also helpful if you write our last names in big block letters on all sides of any box. Surprise packages are nice, but we have to ask for all of our mail. If we don’t know you’ve sent something, we won’t know to ask for it. So if you’re sending us something, please notify us via text, email or voicemail.

If you want a rough idea of when we’ll be where, you can check out this post about our resupply strategy. If you want to know a rough estimate of where we are now, check out our “Live Feed” on Craig’s PCT Planner. It shows an estimate of where we are (Look for “JenAndRog“) relative to the 25 resupply points that we’ve opted to use along our route.

Here are our resupply points. Use US Postal Service unless otherwise noted, and do not send more than three weeks in advance. THANK YOU!

  • Estimated ETA: 6/19 – Address to: Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson, c/o Kennedy Meadows General Store, 96740 Beach Meadow Road, Inyokern, CA 93527
  • Estimated ETA: 6/28 – Address to: Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson, c/o Chevron, PO Box 403, Independence, CA 93526
  • Estimated ETA: 7/6 – Address to: Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson
    • USPS Address: c/o Motel 6, PO Box 1260, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
    • UPS Address: c/o Motel 6, 3372 Main Street Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
  • Estimated ETA: 7/10 – Address to: Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson, General Delivery, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
  • Estimated ETA: 7/20 – Address to: Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson, General Delivery, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96151
  • Estimated ETA: 7/26 – Address to (UPS or USPS): Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson, c/o Sierra City Country Store, 213 Main Street, Sierra City, CA 96125
  • Estimated ETA: 7/31 (not mailed more than 3 weeks in advance of arrival, only via UPS or FedEx and only small packages) – Address to: Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson, c/o The Braatens at Little Haven, 15913 Highway 70, Belden CA 95915
  • Estimated ETA: 8/5 – Address to: Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson, General Delivery, Old Station, CA 96071
  • Estimated ETA: 8/7 – Address to: Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson, General Delivery, Burney, CA 96013
  • Estimated ETA: 8/12 – Address to: Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson, General Delivery, Mount Shasta, CA 96067
  • Estimated ETA: 8/17 – Address to: Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson, c/o Alderbrook Manor, 836 Sawyers Bar Road, Etna, CA 96027
  • Estimated ETA: 8/21 – (not mailed more than 3 weeks in advance of arrival, only via UPS) Address to: Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson, c/o Mid River RV Park, 44701 Highway 96, Seiad Valley, CA 96086
  • Estimated ETA: 8/25 – Address to: Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson, c/o Rodeway Inn, 2359 Ashland Street, Ashland, OR 97520
  • Estimated ETA: 8/30 – (UPS or USPS) Address to: Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson, c/o Crater Lake Camp Store, Mazama Village, Crater Lake, OR 97604
  • Estimated ETA: 9/3 – Address to: Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson, c/o Shelter Cove Resort, 27600 West Odell Lake Road, Highway 58, Crescent, OR 97733
  • Estimated ETA: 9/7 – Address to: Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson, c/o Sisters Inn, 525 US Hwy 20 West, Sisters, OR 97759 (Be sure to label box as a hiker package including ETA)
  • Estimated ETA: 9/14 – (UPS or USPS) Address to: Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson,
    • Handwritten addresses: c/o Timberline Ski Area, WY’East Store, Timberline Lodge, OR 97028
    • Click-n-ship USPS addresses: c/o Timberline Ski Area, 27500 E Timberline Rd, WY’East Store, Timberline Lodge, OR 97028
  • Estimated ETA: 9/17 – Address to: Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson
    • USPS Addresses: c/o Port Marine RV Park, PO Box 307, Cascade Locks, OR 97014
    • UPS Addresses: c/o Port Marine RV Park, 355 WaNaPa Street, Cascade Locks, OR 97014
  • Estimated ETA: 9/25 – (USPS only) Address to: Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson, c/o White Pass Rural Branch PO at the Kracker Barrel Store, 48851 US Highway 12, Naches, WA 98937
  • Estimated ETA: 9/30 – Address to: Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson,
    • UPS Addresses: c/o Summit Inn Hotel, 603 SR 906, Snoqualmie Pass, WA 98068
    • USPS Addresses: c/o Summit Inn Hotel, PO Box 163, Snoqualmie Pass, WA 98068
  • Estimated ETA: 10/5 – Address to: Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson, c/o Dinsmore’s Hiker Haven, PO Box 374, Skykomish, WA 98288 (ETA on all packages please)
  • Estimated ETA: 10/10 – Address to: Roger Miller and Jennifer Jackson, General Delivery, Stehekin, WA 98852