Today, a day when the rest of us will scour grocery store parking lot
s for the absolute closest parking spot to the door so we don’t have to walk very far, hundreds of thru-hikers have hiked several hundred miles of either the 2,663-mile Pacific Crest Trail or the 2,180-mile Appalachian Trail, two of America’s most famous long trails. Some of those people will finish, some won’t. Regardless, most of them will have the adventure of their lives—not to mention several months off work to do all that walking.
Summertime is the high season of thru-hiking, and not just the PCT and the AT—plenty more folks are taking a crack at the John Muir Trail, the Colorado Trail, and the Continental Divide Trail right now. We’re marking it with this quiz about the United States’ first two National Scenic Trails. Let’s see how much you know.