Best-Of Surveys

Top Footwear of 2017: Results from the Annual Hiker Survey

Top Footwear of 2017: Results from the Annual Hiker Survey

I should start with an apology for the long delay in writing this post. We typically try to get the survey results out before the next class of thru-hikers begins,...

Jul 23, 2018 : Mariposa
Best Restaurants on the Pacific Crest Trail

Best Restaurants on the Pacific Crest Trail

Anyone who thru-hikes can probably regurgitate information about their favorite food locations along the trail. Thru-hikes are, in their purest essence, jaunts from town to town to eat food.

Feb 12, 2018 : Silent Bob
Top Backpacks of 2017: Results from the Annual Hiker Survey

Top Backpacks of 2017: Results from the Annual Hiker Survey

In this installment of The Trek’s 2017 Hiker Survey, we cover backpacks and shake downs. We asked hikers about the frame type, capacity, brand, and model of their backpacks. In...

Jan 8, 2018 : Mariposa
Top Tents and Hammocks of 2017: Results from the Annual Hiker Survey

Top Tents and Hammocks of 2017: Results from the Annual Hiker Survey

For the fourth year, The Trek has surveyed long-distance hikers on the Appalachian Trail (AT) regarding the shelter systems they use - tents, hammocks, and more. Each year, we ask...

Jan 2, 2018 : Mariposa
The Top Sleeping Bags and Quilts of 2017: Results from the Annual Hiker Survey

The Top Sleeping Bags and Quilts of 2017: Results from the Annual Hiker Survey

We surveyed 253 section and thru-hikers who were on the Appalachian Trail (AT) in 2017. We asked about the temperature, fill, brands, and models of the sleeping bags and hammock...

Dec 19, 2017 : Mariposa
The 2017 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey: General Hiker Stats

The 2017 Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker Survey: General Hiker Stats

Each fall, The Trek conducts an in-depth survey of long-distance hikers on the Appalachian Trail (AT), this time surveying the class of 2017. We have several posts to come on...

Nov 29, 2017 : Mariposa
Thru-Hiker’s Favorite Appalachian Trail Towns

Thru-Hiker’s Favorite Appalachian Trail Towns

Trail towns are a real richness for this particular trail. -Brian (Gadget) Lewis, NOBO 2010 Seeing a town coming up in the guidebook can make even the lousiest day on...

Jun 4, 2017 : Maggie Slepian
Favorite Sections on the Appalachian Trail

Favorite Sections on the Appalachian Trail

Hello again! It's time for our fourth and final installment of our series from the Most Difficult sections overlapped with these ones, and there were many more votes for favorite sections...

Mar 24, 2017 : Maggie Slepian
Best Restaurants on the Appalachian Trail

Best Restaurants on the Appalachian Trail

Thru-hikers will use trekking poles to smash open discarded cans of fruit cocktail without a second thought, so it goes without saying that one of the greatest joys a hiker experiences...

Mar 23, 2017 : Maggie Slepian
Thru-Hiker Favorites: The Essential Non-Essentials

Thru-Hiker Favorites: The Essential Non-Essentials

Aside from the Big Three (and important things like shoes and socks), there are some items that just make a thru-hike more comfortable. We polled thru-hikers on the non-essential items that...

Mar 20, 2017 : The Editors