The 2017 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers You Should be Following on Instagram

I present below the coolest thru-hiking Instagrammers you never knew you needed in your life:

Whether we be your friends, family, classmates, colleagues, neighbors, acquaintances, gym buddies, secret crushes, soul mates or complete strangers, join us as we thru-hike America’s long-distance trails this year. We’ll be using #theTrek #AppalachianTrials #TrektheAT  and #TrekthePCT along the way.

You can get the best of all our Appalachian Trail grammers through The Trek: Appalachian Trail and The Trek Instagram accounts.

Take part in our journeys, send us good cheer (we’re really really gonna need it!), and *hopefully* let us inspire your own adventures!


the class of 2017 The Trek bloggers


Shani – @ms.smarie

Sara – @chico15

Rhys – @bananamancometh

#viking #camels need to be a thing. #wehavethesamehair #camelbros #thebeardedcamel #goodhairday

A photo posted by Rhys Hora (@bananamancometh) on

Bethany – @beevarner

Alli – @ahuggable

Tom – @tomwillard

100 miles! #appalachiantrials #TomOnTheAT #atthruhike2016 #thruhike

A photo posted by Tom Willard (@tomwillard) on

Kylie – @kyleeamandaaa

Nick – @np_hikes

Kirsten – @kirstiealexandria

Maddy – @madison.mumma

The journey to Machu Picchu #salkantaytrail #50miles #wemadeit

A photo posted by Madison Mumma (@madison.mumma) on

Pocket Biscuit – @leland_kolson

Kate – @kisforkate

Ronn – @hailstreak

Snow hiking

A photo posted by Ronn Raszetnik (@hailstreak) on

Kristin – @electriclady26

THE GRAND CANYON!! #grandcanyon #nationalpark #canyon #seventhwonder #aliens #time #science #holycrap

A photo posted by Kristin Bargmann (@electriclady26) on

Kai – @invertedturtle

Shelby – @shelby.cook.3312

The AT Saunterers – @theatsaunterers

Mikaela – @bethe_rain

5 more weeks til go time! #at2017 #nobo

A photo posted by Mikaela Kostrubiak (@bethe_rain) on

Joel – @joelreckless

Alex – @apellerin11

Bagged Hancock & South Hancock today??? #NH48 #4000footers

A photo posted by Alex Pellerin (@apellerin11) on

Ashley – @ashleynhill7

Vanessa – @vanessariel or @thelanesisters

Hannah – @evergreennineteen

Stubbs – @lynseyhappypants

Stephanie – @stephbrummett

Me and Half Dome . . ?by my dear friend Rob. ?? ????

A photo posted by Steph Brummett (@stephbrummett) on

Amber – @trailblazer.amber

"Let me tell you something: No one is going to look at you, broken and shattered and think – damn, you are beautiful. No one is going to come pick your broken pieces off the floor and assemble them into a beautiful whole. Hell, you won't even look at yourself and think – I made broken look beautiful. You know why? Because all those writers lied to you. Yes. All those with their poems of scraped knuckles and pomegranate songs and loves that ripped through you like hurricanes. Liars. So you and I, we are going to make a plan. You are not going to romanticize days when your brain tells you to smash that mirror, you are not going to romanticize the lover who doesn't understand you but still writes about you. Here is what you're going to romanticize instead: you are going to romanticize the tea and honey kind of love, no hurricanes, but sunshine that builds you up from within, that helps you make it through the worst days. You are going to romanticize gentle hands of a friend in yours, telling you that it is going to be okay. Because it is. And don't trust poets, we're no good, we love pretending that our jagged edges tantamount to a beautiful disaster. You know what is beautiful instead? The days when you can look at yourself in the mirror and smile, scars and all. music that makes your soul flow like a river, books that offer comfort, friends that can give you strength when you can find none, lovers who can make you laugh through tears. Baby, from now on you are going to romanticize healing; August nights that stick to your skin; the day you find your purpose, long car rides and singing so loud no one can shut you up now. Bad news: no one is coming to save you. Good news: you can save yourself." -Lana Rafaela • • #poetry #inspiration #travel #photography #hiking #womenwhohike #wanderlust #solotraveler #explorer #adventure #adventureawaits #hikingadventures #romance #sky #kansas #mountsunflower #dailyquotes #dailyinspiration

A photo posted by Amber (@trailblazer.amber) on

Caleb – @calebbonner9497

"Society speaks and all men listen, mountains speak and wise men listen" John Muir

A photo posted by Caleb Bonner (@calebbonner9497) on

Mary – @marybmeixner5

Guys, I love winter. ❄️️❄️️❄️️

A photo posted by Mary Meixner (@marybmeixner5) on

Emily – @Em.m.m

Sunrise hike off the Blue Ridge Parkway

A photo posted by Emily McCambridge (@em.m.m) on

Chris – @cguynn

Chelsea – @chulsb88

Sunset ft. DJ #chemtrails

A photo posted by Chelsea Bates (@chulsb88) on

Alex and Amanda – @twocookstakeawalk

Justin and Wella – @jaysonthetrail

Forrest – @forradical

Christmas in Agua Fria National Monument #azoutdoors

A photo posted by Forrest Radarian (@forradical) on

Jessica – @themidnightrambler89

Did the Welch-Dickey loop with mom today 38/52 #52hikechallenge #whitemountains #nhhiking

A photo posted by Jessica Tinios (@themidnightrambler89) on

Jennifer – @jengid95

Graduation is tomorrow. Tomorrow I officially end my time at Auburn University. But today is the day I've been waiting for for way too long. All of the training, research & planning has led me to be able to announce that, beginning in March of 2017, I will be thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail to raise money for Pediatric Cancer Research. I will be working with the non-profit organization Open Hands Overflowing Hearts. God has laid both of these passions on my heart so heavy that they cannot be ignored. I encourage you to check out the site to learn more about what next year holds! There, you will be able to read more about the organization, personal stories of different children's battles with cancer & be able to make tax-deductible donations for OHOH. ??????????? ?: @kayla_funk_ ?: @four10films #endchildhoodcancer #becausetheyreworthit #trekkinforchangedotcom #theTrek #openhandsoverflowinghearts #makefuturegenerations #unaware #AppalachianTrials #AppalachianTrail #NoBo17

A photo posted by Jennifer Giddens (@jengid95) on

Pearl – @pearlgetsaround

Gail – @gailbarrett4084

I love seeing fungi on the trail.

A photo posted by Gail Barrett (@gailbarrett4084) on

Becca – @rebecca24732

Bryan – @bryanhickman98

March 2015-Hiking the High Bridge Trail

A photo posted by Bryan Hickman (@bryanhickman98) on

Heather – @heatherprovoncha

Testing out a backpack with a little hike around Hog Lake! ?⛅?#optoutside #reiflash #bigplans

A photo posted by Heather Provoncha (@heatherprovoncha) on

Larry – @destinationkatahdin

Just taking a morning walk…so peaceful

A photo posted by Destination Katahdin (@destinationkatahdin) on

Leah – @leahtakesthetrail

more to come and happy hiking…









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