Trail Wish List

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.


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  1. Maybe you wouldn’t run out of trails…but you’d probably run out of money to fund all these hikes 😉

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