Can You Guess the Name of This Mystery Trail?

There are a many well-known long distance trails such as the Appalachian Trail, The Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail. But backpackers, thru-hikers and ultra runners may know this slightly lesser-known long distance trail. Check out the photos and the clues below and see if you know the name of this mystery trail.

Mystery Trail Photo by Kenneth Casper

Mystery Trail



  • This National Scenic Trail stretches 1,200 miles east to west but it crosses no state borders, the trail is located entirely within one state.

  • The trail is administered by the National Park Service but the trail passes through many local parks, state parks, a national forest and through hundreds of private citizen's land.

  • The trail was established by an Act of Congress in 1980, in large part as a result of the efforts of a Congressman, who in 1976 authored a book called On the Trail of the Ice Age.
    However, the origins of the trail date back to the 1950s when a trail foundation was established in hopes of establishing a national park in the area.

  • The trail, for the most part, follows the moraine from that last ice age. Geologic scenery includes include kettles, potholes, eskers, and glacial erratics.

  • In addition to backpacking and hiking, this trail hosts a popular 50 Mile and 50K race. Founded in 1982, this is one of the country's classic ultramarathons.


Do you know what trail we're talking about? Enter the name of this long-distance trail in the comments below. Have you ever been on this trail? When were you there?
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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