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Little Triple Crown in a Year

Now that I’ve lived it up on the Big Triple Crown, the Appalachian Trail (twice, in 2008 and 2011), the Pacific Crest Trail, and the Continental Divide Trail, it is time for something new.


The Little Triple Crown includes the Long Trail in Vermont, the John Muir Trail in California, and the Colorado Trail in…well, Colorado.


I am attempting to hike all three in one season. With 274 miles on the Long Trail, 211 on the John Muir, and 486 on the Colorado, this should be a low mileage year for me. Easy, huh?


Not so much.

The thing about thru-hiking is that once you get yourself to point A, you just walk to point B, and maybe have to hitch-hike to get food occasionally, but mostly it is just walking.

The Little Triple Crown in a year is about logistics–about getting from one end of the country to the other–and about telling my friends and my bosses I’ll be gone at 2-3 week intervals throughout the summer.

So this is an experiment in doing the hardest part of hiking–logistics–and seeing if I can succeed. Wish me luck!







Matt Benham

how long did each trail take you?travel between?

Liz "Snorkel" Thomas

This wasn’t an FKT thing. I just wanted to do it all in a season and it ended up working out. LT was like 14 days, JMT was 6.5 days, CT was 32 days. Something like that. I want to say I took a month of between each of them. After the LT, I went to a wedding and Outdoor Retailer. After the JMT, I hung out in Denver for a while. It was pretty casual.

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