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Here's an introduction to the national scenic trails
most commonly associated with long distance hiking.
Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail
Zigzagging its way from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon and Washington the
Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) boasts the greatest elevation changes of any of America's
National Scenic Trails, allowing it to pass through six out of seven of North America's
ecozones including high and low desert, old-growth forest and artic-alpine country.
Indeed, the PCT is a trail of diversity and extremes. From scorching desert valleys in
Southern California to rain forests in the Pacific Northwest, the PCT offers hikers and
equestrians a unique, varied experience.
The Appalachian Trail (AT) is a more than 2,175-mile long footpath stretching
through 14 eastern states from Maine to Georgia. Conceived in 1921 and first
completed in 1937, it traverses the wild, scenic, wooded, pastoral, and
culturally significant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. The AT is proudly
America's first national scenic trail!
The Continental Divide Trail (CDT) might well be the most extreme of the
three major National Scenic Trails. Generally following the crest of the
Rocky Mountains from Mexico to Canada, the Continental Divide Trail is
something of a work-in-progress and therefore not completely defined in many
areas, leaving it up to the individual hiker to navigate and find the correct route.