- One must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves. Machiavelli Niccolo
Hike the Appalachian Trail
The Appalachian trail is the longest hiking-only footpath in America — and with 2,187 miles of trail, more than 250 shelters, and an overall elevation gain equivalent to climbing Mount Everest 16 times, it earns that title.
Every year, a couple thousand people try to hike the AT from beginning to end in one season, and a few hundred manage to accomplish it. These people are known as thru-hikers, and these are the warnings I wish I’d received before attempting to become one.
What to expect
A typical thru-hiker takes 5 to 7 months to hike the entire A.T.
After deciding when and where to begin and then registering your thru-hike, you will need to plan your resupply points and know the camping regulations along the A.T.
Learn the camping regulations along the A.T. and the ATC's expectations for hikers who want to be officially recognized as a 2,000-miler.
In addition to these logistics, physical and mental preparations become important factors in a successful thru-hike. Learn more about all these subjects below.