PCT2017 Mileage Math

Second in the series of meta-posts, here’s some math around how much hiking I did.   Note that I’ve skipped the days spent in Idyllwild pulling thorn things out of my feet as zeroes, these are just the hiking days.

The Google sheets link is here:


TL;DR – Average miles/day just under 20, peak weekly (rolling 7 day) mileage was 141 miles.

Miles per day are not as important as miles per week – its a much better indication of your overland speed, and more appropriately can be used to predict weeks or months ahead.   To do the whole thing in 5 months (the average), you need to do 125 miles per week – across the whole thing.

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Smokebeard has hiked the 2652 mile Pacific Crest Trail, the 2160+ mile Appalachian Trail, the 73+ mile Great Glen Cycle Route, all 46 of the Adirondack High Peaks, the 78+ mile Rhode Island North/South Trail, and the Saranac Six. He is also a certified Leave No Trace Trainer. A former MATC Caretaker in the Piazza Rock/Saddleback area, he’s passionate about applying Leave No Trace as an ethical system. His latest adventure was a 3 week thruhike of the 273 mile Long Trail in Vermont.

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