Beyond the AT

Beyond Thru-Hiking: What You Miss While Hiking the PCT (in California)

Beyond Thru-Hiking: What You Miss While Hiking the PCT (in California)

The PCT is great. Now leave it behind to discover the other great places that touch the trail. Here are four of my favorited spots to explore within sight of...

Jun 5, 2020 : Owen Eigenbrot
Lake City, CO, to Become 7th CDTC Gateway Community

Lake City, CO, to Become 7th CDTC Gateway Community

On Thursday, May 14, the Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC) announced that the historic mining town of Lake City will become its seventh Gateway Community. CDT Gateway Communities are

May 16, 2020 : Andrew Murphy
Gear Review: Brooks Divide Trail-Running Shoe

Gear Review: Brooks Divide Trail-Running Shoe

Brooks trail-running shoes are a staple on long-distance hiking trails. Brooks trail runners hold steady as the fourth most popular thru-hiking footwear on the Appalachian Trail as of 2019. While...

Apr 16, 2020 : Caet Cash
Apples to Oranges: The Florida Trail

Apples to Oranges: The Florida Trail

A friend recently pointed out that I don’t update my blog for The Trek as often as I do social media. The truth is, my depression affects my writing and...

Jan 24, 2020 : Ashley Samuel
10 Trails Where You Can Find Long-Distance Solitude in 2020

10 Trails Where You Can Find Long-Distance Solitude in 2020

In 2017, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy recorded 1,173 people as finishing the Appalachian Trail, and 1,013 of them were thru-hikers. On the Pacific Crest Trail, it's just as crowded.  The...

Dec 18, 2019 : Erik Schlimmer
Why I Almost Quit My Second Thru-Hike

Why I Almost Quit My Second Thru-Hike

I'm three weeks into my second thru-hike on New Zealand's Te Araroa Trail, but to put it plainly, I'm not sure I'm enjoying it.

Nov 26, 2019 : Danny Strayer
Trail Profile: Hut to Hut on the 112-Mile Sunshine Coast Trail

Trail Profile: Hut to Hut on the 112-Mile Sunshine Coast Trail

The Sunshine Coast Trail is a 112-mile community-built trail located just north of Vancouver, British Columbia. It is the West Coast’s first and only hut-to-hut trail.

Oct 7, 2019 : Lisa Pulsifer
Breaking Ground: The Long Trail North of Maine Junction

Breaking Ground: The Long Trail North of Maine Junction

New Territory After turning left at Maine Junction, against my leftover AT instincts, the trail immediately took on a new persona. A rougher, obviously less traveled dirt path sometimes hidden...

Sep 16, 2019 : Erica Notini
[Book Giveaway] Color Remote: Bushwhacking the Adirondack Mountains

[Book Giveaway] Color Remote: Bushwhacking the Adirondack Mountains

When I hike in the American West, I casually reach for one of my cameras and take photos pretty much where I'm standing. The West is quite photogenic, and snapping...

Sep 16, 2019 : Erik Schlimmer
Trail Profile: South Dakota’s Centennial Trail

Trail Profile: South Dakota’s Centennial Trail

The Centennial Trail is a 123-mile trail that winds through the Black Hills of South Dakota. Traversing ponderosa-pine forests, pastures, and open grasslands, the trail passes by several lakes and

Sep 11, 2019 : Clay Bonnyman Evans