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Top Thru-hikes in the U.S.

The following article on Suite101.com caught my eye this morning. Titled “America’s Top Thru-Hikes”, it is a short 1 page piece explaining what thru-hiking is and what some of the longer, more popular trails are.

  • Appalachian Trail, 2,175 miles from Georgia to Maine
  • Continental Divide Trail, 3,100 miles from Mexico to Canada along the Rocky Mountains
  • Pacific Crest Trail, 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada following the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Range
  • The Long Trail, 272 miles that runs the length of Vermont
  • The Tahoe Rim Trail, 165 mile loop around Lake Tahoe
  • The John Muir Trail, 211 miles from Yosemite Valley to Mount Whitney

I was curious to see if the Northville Placid trail would get a mention. But it didn’t. At only 120 some miles it would have been the shortest one mentioned in the “Shorter thru-hikes for the busy or less extreme” section.

The Long Trail sure looks interesting. I guess that is how I know it has been a few years since my last distance hike… when I read something like that and instead of wincing in pain, I start thinking another one might be fun to try.

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