Triple Crown

10 June 2013 10:40 am0 commentsViews: 33

The triple crown of American long distance hiking is to complete the Appalachian Trail, the Continental Divide Trail, and the Pacific Crest Trail. Completing each of these 2,000+ mile trails is certainly not for everyone. It takes determination, perseverance, and a true love for the trail life to hike all three.

The American Long Distance Hiking Association provides official recognition for those hikers who complete the more than 7,900 miles of the . Only about 150 hikers report having completed this feat as of the 2011 season.

While completing the triple crown over several seasons is an extreme feat of its own, there have been attempts to take the trails one step farther by hiking all three back to back or within a single year. The first person the complete all three hikes in one calendar year was Brian Robinson in 2001. The first person to report hiking all three hikes back to back was Matthew Hazley who completed the three trails in a 239 days in 2005.

However, for most, the process begins by planning a journey on a single trail. Which one will you do first?

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