Gear up for the United States' toughest long path with these expert picks.
First of all, should you?
Yes, hiking is wonderful and nature is grand. But when you’re walking for months at a time, you will eventually get bored. Our thru-hiker explains how to deal with trail fatigue.
The trails are still covered in snow, but it’s not too late to start getting ready for your first thru-hike.
Thru-hiking a long trail is hard enough without constantly second-guessing yourself along the way. Our writer shares her strategies for banishing worries before and during your hike.
Bringing the wrong kind of clothes or food is a quick ticket to a hefty pack—but don’t go too far.
You could eat a half-gallon of ice cream in one sitting, or hike 100 miles eating only Pop-Tarts: On a long trail, anything goes.
Going on a long hike is complicated under the best of circumstances—but kids and a partner open up a whole new world of challenges.
Have the thru-hike itch, but don't want to ditch your career? A short long trail may be just what you need.
Reality check: Not everyone can quit their jobs to hike the Pacific Crest Trail or Appalachian Trail. But if you have a week or two of vacation, you can complete one of these long trails.
Your chances of being struck by lightning are higher than you think. Minimize them with these tips from thru-hiker Liz "Snorkel" Thomas.
Learn the three ways long-distance trekkers get their grub.
Don't underestimate the physical and mental ships you'll go through on the trail.
Keep a look out for these ailments on the trail.
Ticking these three prestigious trails off your list is worth the time—but it'll take a lot of it.
Why going lighter can be easier on your feet.
Master the shakedown for a smoother trek.