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The best places, people, and stories on America’s long trails
This pair of boots changed lives on the Appalachian Trail.
Will the PCT’s favorite hiker ever slow down?
Head north to Canada for a real thru-hike.
The Play List
McAfee Knob, VA
This airy fin off the AT is worth every step.
Done In a Day: The Dayhiker’s Triple Crown
We break the AT, CDT, and PCT into the best bite-size chunks.
The Experience: Hiking in the Zone
Walk far enough and you’ll find your rhythm.
Insider’s Guide: Mountains-to-Sea Trail, NC
Blue ridges, green gorges, and white-sand beaches await on this 1,150-mile path that bisects the state.
White Bear Lake, CA
The Sierra High Route delivers expert hikers to this unspoiled stunner.
Life List: The Never-Ending Journey
For section-hikers, there’s only one constant through all of the ups, downs, and switchbacks of life: the trail.
Tonto National Monument, AZ
Arizona Trail thru-hikers shouldn’t miss this detour to 700-year-old cliff dwellings.
Sample Minnesota’s Superior Hiking Trail, California’s Bigfoot Trail, and Vermont’s Long Trail.
Geopinion: What’s the Rush?
We present the new Oregon Challenge for PCT thru-hikers: Take your time.
Prep your mind and body for a thru-hike.
Cheat Sheet: Manage the Miles
Treat common long-trail aches and pains.
Pass/Fail: Go Stoveless
Is cold food the ticket to hassle-free hiking?
Trail Chef: Eat for Endurance
Stay energized with smart menu planning.
Photo School: Tell Your Story
Capture your hike with these techniques.
2,000-milers select the best ultralight, comfort, and budget gear.