Emily Rahn

I've been a backpacker for more than a decade, but my first thru-hike was the Colorado Trail in 2019. It was amazing! Since then I hiked the South Dakota Centennial Trail and attempted the Uinta Highline Trail. This summer I am hiking the Appalachian trail northbound, starting in the first half of April. Excited to spend months in the woods, find a trail family, and explore the eastern United States!

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AT Reflections

AT Reflections

I intended to write a reflections post, yet over a week went by and I wasn’t called to do so. Now I am camping, albeit with my car, and it feels right.

Sep 18, 2022 : Emily Rahn
Mt. Katahdin

Mt. Katahdin

Then I was at the end of the Appalachian Trail and on the highest summit in Maine. It felt a little unreal to be at the end of such an epic journey.

Sep 10, 2022 : Emily Rahn
The 100 Mile Wilderness

The 100 Mile Wilderness

Shortly after hiking three miles to a paved road crossing, we entered the 100 mile wilderness. A sign warned us “this is the longest wilderness section of the enter AT and its difficulty should not be underestimated”.

Sep 8, 2022 : Emily Rahn
Falling for Maine

Falling for Maine

Today confirmed that Maine is my favorite state of the trail. We hiked over Bigelow Mountain’s West and Avery Peaks, the last time we will be over 4,000 ft. until Katahdin. The climb took us into the alpine zone and along a ridge with fantastic views.

Sep 7, 2022 : Emily Rahn
A Zero and Blueberries

A Zero and Blueberries

As we descended, Serendipity and I came across a multitude of blueberry bushes. We stopped to graze; some of the berries were huge!

Aug 30, 2022 : Emily Rahn
The Mahoosuc Range

The Mahoosuc Range

The Mahoosuc Notch is famed to be the hardest mile on the trail. It took Serendipity and I an hour and 45 minutes to traverse.

Aug 26, 2022 : Emily Rahn
Mt. Washington

Mt. Washington

I woke to mostly blue skies and sunshine. It looked like a great day to summit Mt. Washington!

Aug 22, 2022 : Emily Rahn
The White Mountains

The White Mountains

After several hours, we reached Franconia Ridge. It was amazing!! The ridge is 2.5 miles in length, all above treeline, with majestic sweeping views in every direction. It immediately became my favorite section of trail to date.

Aug 22, 2022 : Emily Rahn
From Moose to Moosilauke

From Moose to Moosilauke

I enjoyed climbing the north and south peaks of Moose Mountain. What a great name for a mountain!

Aug 17, 2022 : Emily Rahn
Mile Marker 1,700

Mile Marker 1,700

The 1700 mile marker made an appearance. I started “Return of the King” then took a break as it rained lightly for a bit.

Aug 8, 2022 : Emily Rahn