This Week’s Top Instagram Posts from the #AppalachianTrail

As snow continues to fall upon my doorstep in Denver, a few brave thru-hikers have begun to lay their footprints on the Appalachian Trail. 2020 brings a new year of prospective thru-hikers into our long-distance hiking community and along with it, their photographic journeys. Brace yourself for the beauty, struggle, hilarity, and inspiration that is the AT. Welcome back, weekly Instagram roundup. Oh, how we’ve missed you.

This week’s photos were taken from February 17 to February 23, and were found by scouring hashtags like #TrektheAT and #AppalachianTrail. While we would love to feature every photo taken on Instagram, we’ll be selecting the best of the best for the weekly roundup. For more photos and content, be sure to follow and @appalachian.trail on Instagram.

Happy hiking.


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A post shared by Jacob Holland (@ballinholland13) on Feb 22, 2020 at 5:25pm PST


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Had to call it early today at 14 miles. At first the snow came in as a pleasant surprise. It wasn’t as bad as the rain, it was quite beautiful! After a while though, my feet began to get soaked and when I hit the shelter I had the choice of staying or going eight miles to the next one. I really wanted to go, and looking back, I probably could have, but I wasn’t sure if I would get there with daylight and I didn’t want to get lost in some storm. It’s easy to let something like this get in my head. I have a mentality of always imaging that I am behind schedule so that I stay ahead of it. It is easy to forget that I have that mentality not only so that I can find success, but also be safe. It would be quite unfair for you, my audience, and especially the people that love me if I were to let my pride get in the way of my well being. Hopefully I can hit tomorrow hard, but maybe I cannot. Maybe I have to go back into town. Decisions are tough sometimes!

A post shared by Phill “Flamingo” Toomasian (@phillip.david.t) on Feb 20, 2020 at 7:37pm PST

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