Considering tackling one or all of the Triple Crown U.S. hiking trails? Whether it's the Continental Divide Trail (CDT), the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) or the Appalachian Trail (AT), each presents unique challenges and requires its own special preparation. Add to that: many obstacles exist this year due to higher elevation snowpack and fierce rushing water at lower altitudes.
A group of thru hikers braving the snowy Sierra mid-june.
Be sure to check out the respective U.S. Forest Service sites for tips on how to prepare, as well as fee requirements and access information before embarking on your adventure. While shorter hikes may be possible with little preparation, many trails require months of planning and may involve a process to obtain a thru-hiking permit and designated start date.
"The CDT winds its way through the stunning and diverse landscapes of the central United States, a ribbon that ties together many of the defining moments and movements in our nation’s history." - U.S. Forest Service
"No matter what the trail is, through the forest, across a plain, wandering through the desert, or climbing a mountain, you're in nature. Getting out on the trail will allow you to experience peace and tranquility like nowhere else." - TheHikingHelper
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