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The John Muir Trail (JMT) is a long-distance trail in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California, passing through Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. From the northern terminus at Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley ( ) and the southern terminus located on the summit of Mount Whitney ( ), the Trail’s official length is 210.4 miles (338.6 km), with an elevation gain of approximately 47,000 feet (14,000 m). For almost all of its length, the trail is in the High Sierra backcountry and wilderness areas. For about 160 miles (260 km), the trail, named for naturalist John Muir, follows the same footpath as the longer Pacific Crest Trail.
The vast majority of the trail is situated within designated wilderness. The trail passes through large swaths of alpine and high mountain scenery, and lies almost entirely at or above 8,000 feet (2,400 m) in elevation. About 35% of the trail, including the entirety of the last 30 miles (48 km), lie above 10,000 feet (3,000 m). The trail has been described as “America’s most famous trail”; known for its relative solitude, the trail sees about 1,500 thru-hiking attempts each year (including Pacific Crest Trail thru-hikers), many fewer than the number of attempts on comparable walks such as the southern portion of Appalachian Trail or the Way of St. James.
Source: John Muir Trail – Wikipedia
The Hayduke Trail is an 812 mile long distance backpacking route across southern Utah and northern Arizona. It “begins” in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah before heading through the Needles district of Canyonlands National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, the Grand Canyon National Park and ending in Zion National Park.
This highly strenuous wilderness route is exclusively on public land and travels ridge lines, drainages, existing foot and game trails, dirt roads, and rivers. The highest point is Mount Ellen (Utah) in the Henry Mountains (UT) at 11,419 feet above sea level to a low in the Grand Canyon of near 2000 feet.
The Hayduke Trail was named after George Washington Hayduke, a character from Edward Abbey‘s ‘The Monkey Wrench Gang. It was created by Mike Coronella and Joe Mitchell, both of Utah, as the combination of several treks including a 94-day expedition in 1998 and a 101-day journey in 2000. “The Hayduke Trail: a Guide to the Backcountry Hiking Trail on the Colorado Plateau” was published by the University of Utah Press in 2005.
Source: Hayduke Trail – Wikipedia
The Great Western Trail is a north-south long distance multiple use route which runs from Canada to Mexico through five western states in the United States. The trail has access for both motorized and non-motorized users and traverses 4,455 miles (7,170 km) through Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. Designated a National Millennium Trail.
Source: Great Western Trail – Wikipedia
The Backbone Trail is a long distance trail extending 67.79 miles (109.10 km) across the length of the Santa Monica Mountains in the U.S. state of California. Its western terminus is Point Mugu State Park and its eastern terminus is Will Rogers State Historic Park in Pacific Palisades. The trail is open to hikers throughout its length; dogs, mountain bicyclists and horseback riders are allowed on portions of the trail as posted.
Source: Backbone Trail – Wikipedia
The American Discovery Trail is a system of recreational trails and roads which collectively form a coast-to-coast hiking and biking trail across the mid-tier of the United States. Horses can also be ridden on most of this trail. It starts on the Delmarva Peninsula on the Atlantic Ocean and ends on the northern California coast on the Pacific Ocean. The trail has northern and southern alternates for part of its distance, passing through Chicago and St Louis respectively. The total length of the trail including both the north and south routes is 6,800 miles (10,900 km). The northern route covers 4,834 miles (7,780 km) with the southern route covering 5,057 miles (8,138 km). It is the only non-motorized coast-to-coast trail.
The trail passes through 14 national parks and 16 national forests and uses sections of or connects to five National Scenic Trails, 10 National Historic Trails, and 23 National Recreation Trails. For part of its distance, it is coincident with the North Country Trail and the Buckeye Trail.
The trail passes through the District of Columbia and the following 15 states:
The Appalachian Trail (AT) stretches approximately 2,168 miles from Georgia to Maine. Since 1948, when Earl Shaffer completed the first “thru-hike” from end to end of the trail, some 6,000 thru-hikers have followed in his footsteps.
Appalachian Mountain Club staff and volunteers maintain over 279 miles of the Appalachian Trail in five states as a maintaining club of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, along with another 1,200+ miles of trails in the Northeast. Our staff and chapters also manage backcountry shelters along the AT, as well as the huts system in the White Mountains. Our Maine Woods Initiative is working to protect land Maine’s 100-Mile Wilderness, helping to buffer 25 miles of the AT corridor.
Trail Angels is a portrait of four legendary yet unsung heroes of the Appalachian Trail. Meet Baltimore Jack, Mala, Trail Angel Mary and Miss Janet– four working class Americans who open their hearts to seasonal “thru-hikers” by performing random acts of kindness known as “trail magic” for the long distance hikers of the “AT”.