America's Triple Crown

Hiking on the Appalachian, Pacific Crest and Continental Divide Trails
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Map of US with 'triple crown' trails

What's your idea of "walking distance"? You know, as in "House for rent, walking distance to shops (or metro or beach)". A half mile? A mile? Some average, reasonable distance? How about 2,000 miles? Ask a long distance hiker on one of America's three great south-to-north national scenic trails, and you'll learn that if you have enough time, a reasonable distance can be quite far.

Whether your idea of walking distance is a 20-mile weekend or a 2,000-mile odyssey, you'll find what you're looking for on the trails of the "Triple Crown": the Appalachian Trail, great-grand-daddy of them all and easily the best-beloved and most famous hiking trail in the world; the Pacific Crest Trail, favorite haunt of John Muir and Ansel Adams, a hiker's hiking trail of grand vistas and big wildernesses where you can walk 100 miles or more without seeing a road; and the Continental Divide Trail, which may offer the most rugged, remote, long-distance hiking adventure available in the contiguous 48 states.


Published: 30 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 20 Nov 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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