Numbers of the A.T.



The length of the Appalachian Trail in miles. This amounts to approximately 5,000,000 steps. It is the longest “hiking-only” footpath in the world.

The number of states the AT crosses. From south to north: 1. Georgia 2. North Carolina 3. Tennessee 4. Virginia 5. West Virginia 6. Maryland 7. Pennsylvania 8. New Jersey 9. New York 10. Connecticut 11. Massachusetts 12. Vermont 13. New Hampshire 14. Maine.

The number of times an AT thru-hiker would ascend Mount Everest. Compared to trails in higher elevation mountain ranges, many falsely assume the AT to be relatively flat. In fact, over the course of the Appalachian Trail’s 2,190 miles, thru-hikers gain over 464,464 ft., or more than 89 miles.

The number of days it takes the average person to complete a thru-hike, according to the ATC.

The highest elevation in feet along the Appalachian Trail, at Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The lowest elevation in feet along the Appalachian Trail, at Bear Mountain State Park in New York.

The number of volunteer hours that went into maintaining the Appalachian Trail in the federal fiscal year ending in September 2014.

The approximate number of white blazes marking the Appalachian Trail, according to the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club. This averages out to about one white blaze every 70 feet.

The number of calories required for a hiker* to maintain his or her body weight during a typical day of backpacking. In other words, a hiker could eat 11 Big Macs throughout the day and still be at an energy deficiency.

The number of pairs of shoes most thru-hikers go through. In general, if you can get 500 miles out of your footwear, you’re doing well.

The number of shelters on or along the trail. The AT is lined with more than 250 three-walled structures which serve as refuges for hikers, averaging out to approximately one shelter every 8 miles.

The percent of female 2,000 milers. The ATC reports that only one in four 2,000 milers are women.


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