Thru-Hikes For The Rebel..

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It’s not that we don’t all want to gain triple crown status…

And it is not lack of desire for the long thru-hike experience. But sometimes it just seems like everyone we know is planning a thru-hike on one of the well-known trails — The Pacific Crest Trail, The Appalachian Trail or the Continental Divide Trail.

Planning and hiking on one of the less popular trails you’ll find listed in this article will be a great conversation starter with your hiking buddies. We think a lot of people would forgo triple crown status to do something less crowded. The parts of the PCT our group was on this summer were like a freeway. Next season the only long hike any of us have planned is one of the following trails.

Want to be a renegade? Check out this article. See you on the less traveled trail!

12 THRU-HIKES THAT AREN’T THE AT, THE PCT, OR THE CDT

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THE COHOS TRAIL, NEW HAMP­SHIRE – 165 MILES
The Cohos Trail not only offers remote and rus­tic New Hamp­shire scenery, it also serves as a gate­way to an unfor­get­table inter­na­tional trail expe­ri­ence if you choose to con­tinue your jour­ney to the con­nect­ing trail in Que­bec.

THE OZARK HIGH­LANDS TRAIL, ARKANSAS – 218+ MILES
Fea­tur­ing stream cross­ings, moun­tain vis­tas, swim­ming holes, and even a sec­tion of bush­whack­ing, this trail in north­west Arkansas is the per­fect way to expe­ri­ence some adven­ture.

THE LONG TRAIL, VER­MONT – 270+ MILES
Long Trail would ulti­mately serve as the inspi­ra­tion for the world-famous Appalachian Trail, and the two hikes share 100 miles near the south­ern part of the state. Once it splits from the Appalachian Trail, the Long Trail becomes a more rugged trail, with­out the foot traf­fic that the A.T. receives, mak­ing this a tough trek through beau­ti­ful wilderness.

THE SUPE­RIOR HIK­ING TRAIL, MIN­NESOTA – 310 MILES
The Supe­rior Hik­ing Trail fol­lows the North Shore of Lake Supe­rior for 310 miles, pro­vid­ing hik­ers a trek to and from the area’s largest con­cen­tra­tion of state parks and beau­ti­ful lake shores. Back­coun­try camp­ing is free and allowed only in des­ig­nated sites, but the trail is dot­ted every 5 to 10 miles with acces­si­ble park­ing, mak­ing it an easy trip for day hik­ers as well.

ORE­GON COAST TRAIL, ORE­GON – 382 MILES
Span­ning south to north along­side Oregon’s rugged coast­line, this trail is the per­fect place to lose your­self in the sights, sounds, and smells of the Pacific Ocean.  Most of the trail fol­lows the beach, but every now and then crosses through shaded cor­ri­dors of nearby forests, mak­ing this one of the more mem­o­rable hikes in Oregon.

THE HAY­DUKE TRAIL, UTAH & ARI­ZONA – 800 MILES
At 800 miles, this is no short trek, and  is sure to test even the most expe­ri­enced hik­ers. As you zigzag between water sources in Utah’s five National Parks, includ­ing the Grand Canyon, you’ll be stunned by the scenery the South­west is renowned for.

THE ARI­ZONA TRAIL, ARI­ZONA – 800+ MILES
Within the 800+ miles, you can expect to see saguaro cacti, big canyon walls, and tes­ta­ments to human his­tory, includ­ing the Roo­sevelt Dam. Des­ig­nated as a National Scenic Trail, this seem­ingly straight­for­ward hike through Ari­zona  has an array of chal­lenges that come with desert envi­ron­ment.  You’ll want to man­age your water and sup­plies appropriately.

THE MOUNTAINS-TO-SEA TRAIL, NORTH CAR­OLINA – 1,150 MILES
Extend­ing from the Great Smoky Moun­tains, this trail tra­verses through some of the state’s most scenic land­scapes and even­tu­ally makes its way to the Outer Banks. It’s best to tackle this demand­ing hike in the fall or spring, each sea­son offer­ing the per­fect escape from harsh tem­per­a­tures and nag­ging insects.

PACIFIC NORTH­WEST TRAIL, MON­TANA, IDAHO, WASH­ING­TON – 1,200 MILES
Cross­ing through three National Parks , seven National Forests, and a huge num­ber of moun­tain ranges and high alpine envi­ron­ments, the  Trail was specif­i­cally designed as one of the most scenic hikes in the country.

THE BUCK­EYE TRAIL, OHIO – 1,444 MILES
Span­ning an impres­sive 1,444 miles, the Buck­eye Trail has grown to cap­ture the entire state in a cir­cuital track. Even if Ohio isn’t the first state on your bucket list, this trail is still a must see for any­one look­ing for adventure.

THE NORTH COUN­TRY TRAIL, NORTH DAKOTA TO NEW YORK – 4,600+ MILES
You can fol­low the North Coun­try Trail for 4,600 miles as it tra­verses the wide and vary­ing land­scape of the north­east­ern United States.  The dis­tance make this thru-hike a tough one to con­quer in one go. How­ever, with hun­dreds of access points in each state, the North Coun­try Trail is the per­fect hike for the weekender.

THE AMER­I­CAN DIS­COV­ERY TRAIL, CAL­I­FOR­NIA TO DELAWARE – 6,800 MILES
Stretch­ing from Cal­i­for­nia to Delaware, the Amer­i­can Dis­cov­ery Trail offers the most var­ied trail ter­rain of any hike in the nation, rang­ing from the High Sier­ras to the Blue Ridge Moun­tains. The fastest trek took 231 days—conquer this trail and you’ll earn your­self a spot in the thru-hiker hall of fame.

thanks to Brad Lane and the Clymb: http://www.theclymb.com/stories/passions/explore/12-thru-hikes-arent-pct-cdt/?utm_source=Newsletter+Subscribers+-+Combined&utm_campaign=1f4a115fb0-GG_12_31_1512_30_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bda6bed9e7-1f4a115fb0-233433805&mc_cid=1f4a115fb0&mc_eid=7d46f7a8da
All images from the Clymb and the forest dept.
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