This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #AppalachianTrail

Welcome to our weekly roundup of the most spectacularly beautiful, hilariously entertaining, and all-around best photos taken on the Appalachian Trail this past week.

This week features photos taken from Dec. 1 to Dec. 12  and were found by perusing the hashtag #TrektheAT. A thorough point-based grading system is used to pluck out the very best for your viewing pleasure. Dog photos are always favored.

 

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Having a winter break is arguably the best (only?) good thing about being a college student again. And the best part of winter break? Getting to spend three weeks with this good boy. ——— Shooter motivates me to get up early, get out, and move even on days I’d rather not. His boundless joy is contagious as I follow his furry butt down a trail and through the woods. A five-minute cuddle fest in the morning makes any day bearable. He single-handedly helped me get through the saddest winter I’ve ever experienced two years ago. Do you have a four-legged pal that helps you cope with stress during the holiday season and the rest of the year? #survivethriveholidays #outtherepodcast ——— 📸 taken at Lover’s Leap on the #AppalachianTrail near Hot Springs, NC, November 2018. Find more photos of and stories about Shooter @poodlesonadventures . . . . . #gooutsideandplay #makeyourownadventures #optoutside #828isgreat #getoutthere #getoutmoretour #WNC #WNCdogs #hikingwithdogs #dogsthathike #standardpoodle #adventurebuddy #adventuredog #thetrek #appalachiantraildogs #trektheAT #choosemountains #myblueridge #blueridgemoments #ashevilletrails #hikeNC #mymountainhome #traildog #trailhound #dogsoutdoors #trailsyall #takeahike

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Hike 34 began as hike 33 had ended … in pouring rain. Even the dogs didn’t want to leave the shelter. It rained so hard overnight, that we put our tent inside the shelter. That is considered bad camping etiquette, but since no others were staying in the campsite, we took the space. We hung out packs and supplies from the ceiling, hoping all would be dry in the morning. #52hikechallenge2018 #hike34 ⛺️ ⛺️ ⛺️ #virginia #appalachiantrail #shelter #rainydays #optoutside #getoutstayout #hikelife #trektheat #labradorsofinstagram #hikingadventures #hikingdogs #lifewithlabs #faithandtoro #blacklabtoro #faithmydog #exploremore #onefootinfrontoftheother #backpacking #sleepover #sleepoutside #campingdog #seekmorewilderness

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Day 151 // 21.1 // 2121.9 Today was big…. we’ve been telling people we’re walking to Georgia since July and guess what?! HERE WE ARE! 💃🏼🕺🏼🙌🏻 It’s crazy to think this is the last state we’re entering. I remember when we crossed from Maine to New Hampshire and how great it felt. I think the next few days are going to be quite nostalgic 💕 (&freezing, check the weather in the Southeast this weekend and send us good vibes 🙌🏻) #at2018 #atclassof2018 #appalachiantrail #appalachiantrail2018 #aspiringthruhiker #thruhiker #thetrek #optoutside #adventurousals #forceofnature #backpacking #hikertrash #trektheat #mtnchicksdoitbetter #whyihike #thruhikersyndicate #idhikethatcrew #keepnaturewild #withguthooks #guthookguides #atlasguides #wekeepyououtdoors #SOBO #everytrailconnects #bpmag #takemebackpacking #trailchat

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Breakfast on the trail. ☕️#at #trektheat #hiking #hike #appalachiantrail #outdoors #camping #backpacking #brekkie

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Recently found a picture of the first time I set foot on the AT! In 2004, my Floridian family was on spring break at my grandparents’ house in Southwest Virginia. It was unusually cold for April, and it was snowing slightly but not accumulating in Draper. My parents wanted to give us our first chance to play in the snow, so they looked up nearby areas at higher elevation. We got in the car and drove to the Grayson Highlands, stopping when the snow was about 4 inches deep. We pulled off the road and played for an hour, throwing snowballs and making snow angels, all things we had only seen on TV living in Florida. No one else was around, but then a few bearded men with backpacks walked randomly out of the forest. They were AT thru-hikers, completely taken by surprise by so much snow in April in Virginia. That’s when we realized we were on the Appalachian Trail. It was the first time I ever heard of it. Now I know we were at Elk Garden, where the trail crosses a road between Whitetop Mountain and Mount Rogers, the two highest mountains in Virginia. Fourteen years and one month later, I crossed the same road on a rainy day in May on my very own thru-hike! #tbt #swva #appalachiantrail #at #trektheat #graysonhighlands #ghsp #virginia #womenwhohike #allwomenalltrails #thruhikerthursday

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Walking through the AT white tunnel. Start of the Blue Ridge Parkway. #trektheat #atsobo2018 #hikingwithdogs

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