The Vermilion Valley Resort offers a Resupply Package Service for hikers traveling the John Muir Trail / Pacific Crest Trail. Packages can be mailed either U.P.S. or U.S. Mail.
Help us reduce YOUR cost by following the simple instructions below. Please understand that not following the instructions could result in additional charges, or worse - your resupply being returned!
There is normally no need to send fuel in your resupply. We carry the most common fuel canisters as well as alcohol and white gas in the VVR store. If you have an unusual fuel canisters, or one that is sold outside the United States, please call VVR at 559-259-4000 to ensure we have the canister or fuel you need.
- Packages are limited to 25 pounds each
- Your name and Estimated Arrival Date must be clearly visible on 4 sides of your package.
- You may use either a box, or a bucket to send your package, as long as it doesn't exceed 25 pounds.
Please send your package via United Parcel Service (UPS), which is the preferred method for sending your resupply.
If you wish to use the US Postal Service, please click here for the proper address.
|For packages sent via UPS ONLY, the address is:|
- This address IS correct; however, the UPS system will say that it is not. Please have the UPS clerk override the system with this address. It WILL get delivered at this address.
- Any mail sent via the US Postal Service to Rancheria Garage will be promptly returned! We are serious when we say United Parcel Service (UPS) ONLY!
Resupply Handling Fees
There is a $20.00 fee for pickup and storage of each package, collected at the end of your visit.
There is a $10.00 charge PLUS postage per item to mail packages of excess items home from VVR.
Your unclaimed package can be returned to you for $25 plus any postage. Simply call us with a credit card number, or send a check to cover the fees.
Timing your Resupply Package
VVR at Edison Lake is approximately two hours from the nearest U.S. Post Office or the U.P.S. drop point. Because of this we only pickup packages once or twice a week. Keep this in mind when planning your package arrival date.
Please be sure that you send your package to arrive 10-14 days before YOU arrive!
If you must send it within 2 weeks of you arrival, be sure to send it via UPS to ensure that it will arrive in time.
Hiker Resupply boxes can be sent for pick-up between approximately May 15th and Oct 15th every year. Opening date depends on the plowing and opening of our road. Closing date depends on the weather in October. Note that these are APPROXIMATE dates only. If you plan on resupplying close to opening or closing, please contact us directly to ensure we'll be open.
Please note: Packages are limited to 25 pounds each. Any packages left or not picked up by the specified date, will be held 30 days unless special arrangements are made. After that time period, at our discretion, we will place the food in a hikers box for other hikers in need of extra supplies at no charge.
Please put your name and expected arrival date on all sides of the box - it helps us store your box properly, and then identify it quickly once you arrive!
Hiker Barrel Rules:
We place two 55 gallon drums outside the store for hikers to place or donate their excess food and supplies. We have a separate Rubbermaid container located next to the barrels for fuels and non-food items. We ask that the hikers police themselves and others by keeping these barrels free of spoiled or unedible foods etc. NOTE: Food placed in these barrels are for thru-hikers use only, not for the general public and contents in these barrels “are never taken and placed in the store for resale”.
Unclaimed Hiker Resupply box contents at our discretion will be placed in the Hiker Barrels or sold in the store to offset transportation, handling and storage costs . If for some reason you are unable to pick-up your box and don’t wish to have it returned to you and you would like all the contents of your unclaimed box to go into the hiker barrel, simply call us with a credit card, pay the $20.00 and we will gladly put all the contents into the Hiker barrels.
What is a Resupply Box?
A resupply box is as the name implies - a box that holds any number of items that will resupply your hike. Resupply boxes can include food, fuel, batteries, guide books, medicines, candy bars, cookies, even boots for a specific section of the trail. If you plan on self-resupply, you should send multiples resupply boxes to the many resupply points along the PCT/JMT before your trip begins.
The best resupply box is a 2.5 - 5 gallon bucket. You can purchase these for around $3-4 for the larger bucket at any hardware store - Lowes and Home Depot regularly have them at the entrance to every store. Watch for a sale, and stock up on them. They make amazingly good resupply and bounce boxes because:
- They are incredibly sturdy.
- The lids snap on and typically won't fall off in transit.
- They can double as a seat at your resupply point.
- They hold a lot of stuff.
- They won't fall apart during shipping.
What is a Bounce Box?
A bounce box is a box that you send to yourself repeatedly over the course of your hike. They can contain anything, but typically contain guide books, batteries, fuel, and other things that you think will be difficult to resupply along the trail. To use a bounce box, simply send it as your first resupply prior to the hike. Then when you pick up your PCT resupply , determine which items you need to send forward. You might also find a good deal at your resupply point on things you will need down the trail. If so, buy them there and put them in your bounce box. Then, just mail the bounce box to a resupply point further down the trail. Continue this every time you reach the bounce box. In fact, you can do this at ANY resupply point (you'll need a box if you don't have your bounce bucket there). Simply send your 2nd bounce box to the same place as the first, and combine contents into your bounce bucket (and dispose of the 2nd bounce box). Rinse, lather, repeat!
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