Triple Crown of Hiking

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The Triple Crown of Hiking informally refers to the three major U.S. long distance hiking trails:

The total length of the three trails is about 7,900 miles (12,700 km); vertical gain is more than 1,000,000 feet (300 km) (190 miles). A total of 22 states are visited if the three trails are completed.[4] The American Long Distance Hiking Association - West (ALDHA-WEST) is the only organization that recognizes this hiking feat. At the ALDHA-West Gathering, held each fall, the Triple Crown honorees are recognized and awarded plaques noting their achievement. As of October 2012, 174 hikers have been designated Triple Crowners.[5]

Reed Gjonnes, age 13, is the youngest to have completed the Triple Crown. Along with her father, she hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2011,[6] the Appalachian Trail in 2012,[7] and the Continental Divide Trail in 2013.[8]


The first person to ever achieve The Triple Crown of Hiking was Eric Ryback. Ryback completed the Appalachian Trail in 1969 as a 16-year-old. He completed the Pacific Crest Trail in 1970 and chronicled it in his 1971 book The High Adventure of Eric Ryback: Canada to Mexico on Foot. Ryback completed the Continental Divide Trail in 1972 and chronicled it in his second book, The Ultimate Journey (now out of print).[9]

Back to Back[edit]

The first person to walk the Triple Crown back to back was Matthew Hazley from Northern Ireland, who took 239 days in 2005.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Pacific Crest Trail Association. "Pacific Crest Trail - Frequently Asked Questions". Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail: Online Map and Guide - Mexico to Canada. United States Forest Service. Retrieved 2010-12-30. 
  2. ^ Gailey, Chris (2006). "Appalachian Trail FAQs" (accessed September 14, 2006)
  3. ^ Karen Berger. "America's Triple Crown—Hiking on the Appalachian, Pacific Crest and Continental Divide Trails". Gorp. Retrieved 2009-11-25. 
  4. ^ Glenn Adams, Associated Press Writer (October 27, 2001). "Hiker Achieves 'Triple Crown'". Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-11-25. 
  5. ^ "Triple Crown", American Long Distance Hiking Association - West
  6. ^ Amelia Templeton (August 18, 2011). "Field Notes: From Mexico to Canada, in Time for 6th Grade". OPB. 
  7. ^ Kitson Jazynka (June 25, 2012). "Reed Gjonnes, 12, walks the Appalachian Trail with her dad". Washington Post. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Out & About: Girl, 13, youngest triple crowner". Spokesman-Review. September 22, 2013. Retrieved October 22, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Eric Ryback". Cold Splinters blog. November 5, 2009. Retrieved March 5, 2016. 
  10. ^