Yes, my name is Jim. When I retired a few years ago I returned to backpacking and found, for me, the sweet spot is long trails, but not that long. In the past 3 years I've thru-hiked the Colorado Trail, Long Trail, JMT, Tahoe Rim Trail and Sheltowee Trace. To me, these 200-500 mile trails can be life changing, without taking so long that I have to change my life to accomplish them. I think they're a great alternative for those that don't have the time, ability, circumstances, or need to hike one of the Triple Crown. I hope to share that point of view on these pages. I'm a member of the Outdoor Writers of Ohio and through the years have written other articles and a few books about backpacking. Much of my hiking is covered at oldmanoutdoors.net.
When many readers of this site think about taking a thru-hike, I imagine they dream about completing one of the “big three” of America’s long trails:
Length: 170 Miles Location: Encircling Lake Tahoe through the Sierras in both California and Nevada. Trail Type: Loop Scenery: The trail has daily
Length: 323 miles Location: The trail runs from Big South Fork National River & Recreation Area in Tennessee to the northeast corner of