We’re going to bet that odds are you’ve never heard the term Triple Crown of Hiking, probably because it’s not as popular, or obvious as that other triple crown that gets all the press attention, you know, the one with horses, right? The Triple Crown of Hiking, also isn’t a fully recognized honor so to speak, there’s basically only one outdoors organization that even mentions it really, The American Long Distance Hiking Association. Never heard of them either? We thought so.
Probably part of the reason for The Triple Crown of Hiking not getting its due recognition is the shear scope of what needs to be accomplished for any individual to even be considered for having accomplished it – mainly hiking the three great long distance trail systems here in the US – The Appalachian Trail, The Pacific Crest and The Continental Divide. In and of themselves, hiking the full length of any one of these is an individual accomplishment, doing all three, well, think about it, collectively they represent just under 8,000 miles of hiking. That’s just about one third the circumference of the Earth.
If you have the time for something like this, it’s going to literally be the adventure of a lifetime and it might just take you a lifetime to finish it.