Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail

Some pictures from my amazing hikes on the AT and PCT are below.

A few words of wisdom for any would-be thru-hikers: slow down. Enjoy the people, the trails, and the places. Your biggest risk is finishing your hikes too fast.


Appalachian Trail, 2014

I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail. (Georgia to Maine, approximately 7 months.)

The Appalachian Trail, also called the A.T., is a hiking trail in the Eastern United States, extending almost 2,200 miles between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine, and passing through 14 states. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy claims the Appalachian Trail to be the longest hiking-only trail in the world. More than three million people hike segments of the trail each year.
  – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appalachian_Trail

My wife, Erica, and I at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy headquarters in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Erica and Rick at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy headquarters in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Rick and others on the summit of Mt. Katahdin

Rick and others on the summit of Mt. Katahdin


Pacific Crest Trail, 2015

I hiked about 1/3 of the Pacific Crest Trail, from Mexico to Yosemite National Park.

The Pacific Crest Trail, officially designated as the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, is a long-distance hiking and equestrian trail closely aligned with the highest portion of the Cascade and Sierra Nevada mountain ranges, which lie 100 to 150 miles east of the U.S. Pacific coast. The trail’s southern terminus is next to the Mexico–United States border, just south of Campo, California, and its northern terminus is on the Canada–US border…
  – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Crest_Trail

Erica and Rick on the summit of Mt. Whitney

Erica and Rick on the summit of Mt. Whitney

Rick hitchhiking along Whitney Portal Road

Rick hitchhiking along Whitney Portal Road