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The Best Time of Year to Hike These 23 Popular Long Trails

The Best Time of Year to Hike These 23 Popular Long Trails

Choosing when to start a trail can make or break your thru-hike. Luckily, we’ve done the research for you on the best time to start your hike.

May 19, 2021 : Eloise Robbins
Great Strides: PCT Angel Uncovered History of Earliest Known Continental Divide Thru-Hiker

Great Strides: PCT Angel Uncovered History of Earliest Known Continental Divide Thru-Hiker

Great Strides is an occasional feature of The Trek exploring notable walks and walkers from history, literature, and film. If not for the sleuthing of a famous Pacific Crest Trail...

Apr 8, 2021 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Six Triple Crown Spots to Visit If You Can’t Thru-hike This Year

Six Triple Crown Spots to Visit If You Can’t Thru-hike This Year

This article will either help you choose a section to hike, or will spark some daydreams about your future thru-hike.

Mar 31, 2021 : Eloise Robbins
Uncertainty and Strife: Thru-Hiking Permits in the Time of COVID-19

Uncertainty and Strife: Thru-Hiking Permits in the Time of COVID-19

As 2020 winds down, a third wave of COVID-19 infections is engulfing the United States, with the number of daily cases more than tripling over the previous August high and...

Dec 17, 2020 : Clay Bonnyman Evans
Which Triple Crown Trail is Right For You? Choosing Between the AT, PCT, and CDT

Which Triple Crown Trail is Right For You? Choosing Between the AT, PCT, and CDT

At almost 8,000 miles, the Triple Crown trails of the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail and Continental Divide Trail are some of the best hiking in the world. No matter...

Nov 4, 2020 : Eloise Robbins
Bear Canisters: Which Fit in Which Packs, Where You Need Them, and How to Pack One

Bear Canisters: Which Fit in Which Packs, Where You Need Them, and How to Pack One

So you need to bring a bear canister on your next backpacking trip. Find out how to be comfortable while keeping your food and bears safe.

Sep 29, 2020 : Owen Eigenbrot
Five Things I Wish I’d Known Before Hiking the Triple Crown

Five Things I Wish I’d Known Before Hiking the Triple Crown

I hiked the Triple Crown in two years and two months, starting with the PCT, CDT and then the AT. Here’s what I wish I’d known before I started. 

Aug 27, 2020 : Eloise Robbins
Challenging the Narrative and Amplifying Voices: Resources for Education and Inclusivity in the Outdoor Industry

Challenging the Narrative and Amplifying Voices: Resources for Education and Inclusivity in the Outdoor Industry

One of the universal characteristics of people who love the outdoors is that we enthusiastically lean into discomfort.  The outdoors community is mostly white, which has allowed us the privilege

Jun 3, 2020 : The Editors
CDTC Releases Updated Guidance for Visiting the CDT

CDTC Releases Updated Guidance for Visiting the CDT

The Continental Divide Trail Coalition (CDTC) has released an updated statement with guidance for hiking along the CDT this year. They remain committed to protecting the communities along the

Jun 3, 2020 : Maggie Slepian
Are the Triple Crown Trails Getting Some Much Needed Recovery? It’s Complicated.

Are the Triple Crown Trails Getting Some Much Needed Recovery? It’s Complicated.

Every year, millions of people step onto the country’s long-distance trails, but this year many sections of the AT, PCT, and CDT remain dormant. The disappointing start to the 2020...

May 14, 2020 : Alex Murphy