On Monday we talked a little bit about thru hiking vs section hiking vs day hiking or backpacking. Recently we received a guest post all about 4 incredibly long thru-hikes. While we’re focused on trails in Southeastern Wyoming and Northern Colorado if you happen to be planning an epic adventure for 2014 this short post can point you in the right direction. If you’re not planning an epic adventure in 2014 you can at least google these 4 and dream a little bit about what you’d do if you could take a few months and get away from the grind.
When it comes to hiking, it’s hard to impress someone who lives in the American West. People move from all over to places like Colorado and Wyoming for the awesome trails that are hidden there. But it’s a big world, and you have a lot to see.
Here are some of the longest hiking trails in the world.
The Trans Canada Trail
The Trans Canada trail will be 15,000 miles long upon completion (it’s more than two-thirds finished already), the Trans Canada is the global juggernaut of hiking trails. Connecting the Pacific, Arctic, and Atlantic oceans, when it comes to sheer enormity, Trans Canada is the grandaddy of them all.
The Grand Italian Trail
The Sentiero Italia, or Grand Italian Trail, winds through the entire country, including Sicily, traversing the Alps and several national parks.
The island nation of Japan stands in a category all its own with five of the 10 longest trails in the world. At 2,849 miles, 2,718 miles, 2,504 miles, 2,045 miles, and 1,607 miles respectively, The Hokkaidō Nature Trail, Tōhoku Nature Trail, the Chubu Hokuriku Nature Trail, Kinki Nature Trail, and Kyushu Nature are the backbone of the exotic Japanese hiking experience.
The Appalachian Trail
Although there are slightly longer trails not mentioned, it would be improper not to mention one of the most famous trails in the world – which happens to be just east of you: The Appalachian Trail. At 2,180 miles, the legendary mountain path that runs through 13 states from Maine to Alabama is still one of the most easily recognized and heavily traveled in the world.
This world contains trails so remote, so exotic, so picturesque, and so just plain long that it would be impossible to get to them all in one lifetime. But that shouldn’t stop you from trying.
Thanks Andrew, be sure to leave him a comment if you’ve hiked any of this epic long trails or if you’re planning to hike any of them!