Completing the entire estimated 2,180 miles of the Appalachian Trail in one trip is a mammoth undertaking. Each year, thousands of hikers attempt a thru-hike; only about one in four make it all the way.
The number of people hiking the entire Trail has risen dramatically over the years. From 1936 to 1969, only 59 completions are recorded. In 1970, the numbers began to rise. The term “2,000-miler” was coined in the late 1970s to help identify this growing group of hikers.
By 1980, the total number of 2,000-milers had increased more than ten-fold. The total had doubled by 1990 and again by 2000. More hike completions were reported for the year 2000 alone than in the first 40 years combined. The 10,000th hike completion was recorded in 2008.
|2013 Hiker Counts (updated January 19, 2014)
Northbound Thru-Hike (Georgia to Maine in One year)
|(leave) Springer Mtn., Ga.||2700|
|(arrive) Harpers Ferry, W.Va. (1,019 miles)||1130|
|(finish) Katahdin, Maine (2,186 miles)||548*|
* These numbers will continue to increase as we receive completion reports.
from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy