Mystery Destination: Take the Scenic Route on this Long Distance Trail

This weekend is National Trails Day. We love trails (We even made a hashtag = #trailtime). So for this week's Mystery Destination let's do a popular hiking trail. Read the clues below then enter the name of this trail in the comments below.

Hiking Trail Photos by Nicholas Tonelli


  • The trail is is approximately 2,200 miles long and passes through 14 states.

  • This trail is considered part of the Triple Crown of thru-hiking trails along with the Continental Divide Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail.

  • The idea for this trail was first published in the New York Evening Post in 1922. The first section of trail was opened the following year.

  • The long distance required to thru-hike the trail is made easier by the use of many shelters and lean-tos as well has many trail towns that make resupplying very easy.

  • A thru-hike generally requires five to seven months, although some have done it in three months. The current record is 46 days, 11 hours, and 20 minutes.

Pretty easy isn't it? Enter the name of the hiking trail in the comments below then try these harder Mystery Destinations:

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Andy Hawbaker
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Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains, burning marshmallows or scratching his dog behind the ear, he shares his experiences here on the Sierra Trading Post Blog.
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