If I were to spend the rest of my life hiking, I could not possibly run out of trails. I’ve come up with a short(ish) list of trails I want to hike. It pretty much works like this: if I’ve heard of the trail, I want to hike it.
The Big Trails:
American Discovery Trail – 6,800 miles from coast to coast
Appalachian Trail – 2,186 miles from Georgia to Maine
Continental Divide Trail – 3,100 miles from Mexico to Canada up the Rockies
Pacific Crest Trail – 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada up California, Oregon, and Washington
Pacific Northwest Trail – 1,200 miles from the Continental Divide to the Pacific Ocean
North Country Trail – 4,600 miles from New York to North Dakota
“Short” Long Distance Trails:
Cohos Trail – 162 miles through Northern New Hampshire
Colorado Trail – 486 miles through Colorado from Denver to Durango
Hayduke Trail – 812 miles through six National Parks on the Colorado Plateau in Southern Utah and Northern Arizona
Finger Lakes Trail – 560 miles across the Finger Lakes region of New York
John Muir Trail – 210 miles through the Sierra Nevada mountains in California
Long Trail – 272 miles up the length of Vermont; oldest long distance trail in the USA
Sierra High Route – 195 miles through the Sierra Nevada mountains in California; more rugged than the JMT
Trans Adirondack Route – 236 miles through Adirondack State Park in New York
Wonderland Trail – 93 miles around Mount Rainier in Washington
And this is not even getting into the international trails I want to hike in Iceland, Scotland, France, New Zealand, and more.
I will be knocking a few of the “short” trails off my list this year. Stay tuned.