You Can Still Complete a Thru-Hike This Summer On These (Not Too) Long Trails

Want to cross the finish line of a thru-hike but only have a handful of days to do it? These trails pack a huge punch in a small package.

Border Route Trail, Minnesota

65 miles. Permits required between May 1-September 30 — still available online.

Corvallis to the Sea Trail, Oregon

62 miles. Free permit required only to access the Old Peak Road portion of the trail.

Loyalsock Trail, Pennsylvania

59 miles. No permits required if you're staying no more than one night in any location on the trail.

Maah Daah Hey Trail, North Dakota

144 miles. A free backcountry camping permit is required and available at park visitor centers.

Ozark Highlands Trail, Arkansas

218 miles. No permit required.

Timberline Trail, Oregon

41.5 miles. Between May 15 and October 15, a free wilderness permit is required to camp, and they are self-issued at trailheads.

Trans-Catalina Trail

Free permits are required and available through the Catalina Island Conservancy. Don't worry, they're still available through the rest of the summer.

Thru-Hiking Basics

Study up before you lace up.

From 2023