What is the Triple Crown of Hiking?

By: Kyle Voisard

“ALDHA-West recognizes those individuals who have hiked, in their entirety, the triple crown trails. This means the complete lengths of the Appalachian Trail (AT), the Continental Divide Trail (CDT), and the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). For hikers who have completed all three trails, ALDHA-West presents the official ‘Triple Crown of Hiking’ (TC).” – ALDHA West

The Triple Crown Trails

The Appalachian Trail

2190 miles •  Georgia to Maine via 14 states

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is one of the oldest National Scenic Trails in the United States.  The trail attracts thousands of thru-hikers every year. Its narrow corridor stretches from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mt. Katahdin in Maine. It traverses 14 states and nearly 2190 miles (3524 km) on its way. The Appalachian Trail is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world and is one of the Triple Crown trails. The AT is an amazing hiking adventure for long-distance hikers and thru-hikers. However, it is also perfect for day-hikers and section-hikers looking to enjoy the beautiful views.

The trail on a boardwalk along the AT.

The Continental Divide Trail

3100 miles • New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho & Montana

Considered by many to be the most challenging and remote of the Triple Crown trails, the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail is a 3000+ mile adventure from Mexico to Canada, traveling through five western states. It passes through many ecosystems, 25 National Forests, 21 Wilderness Areas, 3 National Parks, and 1 National Monument. The CDT offers an incredible experience to all who visit, including thru-hikers, section-hikers, and day-hikers. Our data for the Continental Divide Trail guide was collected in partnership with Bear Creek Survey Service, LLC and is updated by the Continental Divide Trail Collation. For more information about Bear Creek’s work, visit their website at bearcreeksurvey.com!


The Pacific Crest Trail

2650 miles • California, Oregon & Washington

Its path travels from the US-Mexico border to the northern US-Canada border, passing through California, Oregon, and Washington. The trail offers desert sun and heat, challenging and snowy high-elevation passes, and all of the amazing views and experiences in between. As one of the Triple Crown trails, the PCT is an amazing hiking adventure for long-distance hikers, yet it is also perfect for day-hikers and section-hikers looking to enjoy a world class wilderness experience. Download our guide to access the PCT map, tracks, waypoints, and comments!

Pacific Crest Trail