Almost every U.S. hiker has at least entertained the idea of thru-hiking one of America’s “Triple Crown” trails. We’ve all read Bill Bryson’s “A Walk in the Woods” or Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild”… or at least we’ve seen the movies.
But the hard reality is that most of us can’t just take four to six months off to hike a long trail. We have jobs to do, children to raise, and showers to take. Thus, our backpacking trips are generally measured in days, not weeks.
Thankfully the Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail, and Appalachian Trial all have some pretty outstanding (and accessible) short sections. Each of these can be completed in a week or less.