5 Million Steps to Katahdin!

Hi folks!

So many of you have asked me about my plan or where I plan to stop throughout the AT.  First, I’ll go ahead and tell you that what you’re about to see is a tentative…very tentative schedule.  I wrote this all down so I could plan some visits with friends or family or try to see when I might wrap up this adventure, but this is not my full itinerary by any means. Things will happen, it will rain for days, it will snow, my body will hurt and on those days I may choose to take a “zero” or I may power through…but that is a day to day call I will make.

So for those that have thought “I’d love to come join Kelly on the trail for a day or week” or for those that have thought “I hate hiking but hanging with Kelly on a day off sounds swell,” then this post is for you!  I’m hoping this will give you a rough idea of when I’ll be in a certain area in case you would like to meet up or come drop off some treats 🙂  Just kidding, but “trail magic” is always a morale booster!

My “plan” is to try to hike an average of 13 miles a day.  You’ll notice that “13 miles” rarely is below on my mileage and that is for a few reasons.  First, the first two weeks, I’ll be getting what they call “trail legs.” I’m training for the AT by doing various exercises but there’s no training guide. No one can truly prepare for hiking the AT day in and day out, so taking it a bit slower the first few weeks will allow the body to acclimate.  Granted you will also see mileage on my plan that is above “13 miles” as well.  Which brings me to my second point, taking advantage of “flatter” days and hauling ass!  There are known sections that tend to be “flatter” or sections that may just have less elevation gain than others and hikers will try and capitalize on that.  I plan to do the same. So every day will truly be different and will be based on how I choose to “hike my own hike.”

So, here it is, “The Plan.” I’ll plan to update on this blog so use this as a guide and when I post you’ll be able to see if I’m ahead of schedule, behind, or just where in the world I am at that point in time.   I’ve heard from some of you that are interested in meeting up, but at some point let me know if you think you’ll come out so I’ll know when I can look forward to seeing your friendly faces!

*One additional note about the schedule below.  You’ll see city/town names written below but in between those are specified AT shelters that I plan to tent camp at.  If you plan to meet up in between towns, just google the AT shelter name for a map location or let me know and we can figure it out together. Happy Trails!

Date Day Miles to Next Stop Destination (from Springer Mountain, GA) Total Miles
3/28/18 1 8.1 Hawk Mountain Shelter 8.1
3/29/18 2 7.7 Gooch Mountain Shelter 15.8
3/30/18 3 15.9 Mountain Crossings at Walasi-Yi Center 31.7
3/31/18 4 6.7 Whitley Gap Shelter 38.4
4/1/18 5 14.5 Helen, GA 52.9
4/2/18 6 5.7 Tray Mountain Shelter 58.6
4/3/18 7 11 Hiawassee, GA 69.6
4/4/18 8 0 Hiawassee, GA 69.6
4/5/18 9 11.8 Muskrat Creek Shelter 81.4
4/6/18 10 12.5 Carter Gap Shelter 93.9
4/7/18 11 15.9 Franklin, NC 109.8
4/8/18 12 11 Wayah Shelter 120.8
4/9/18 13 10.6 Wesser Bald Shelter 131.4
4/10/18 14 12.6 Sassafras Gap Shelter 144
4/11/18 15 11.9 Cody Gap 155.9
4/12/18 16 10 Fontana Dam Shelter 165.9
4/13/18 17 14.5 Russell Field Shelter 180.4
4/14/18 18 14.6 Silers Bald Shelter 195
4/15/18 19 12.1 Gatlinburg, TN 207.1
4/16/18 20 0 Gatlinburg, TN 207.1
4/17/18 21 15.1 Tricorner Knob Shelter 222.2
4/18/18 22 14.8 Davenport Gap Shelter 237
4/19/18 23 13.4 Brown Gap 250.4
4/20/18 24 10.2 Walnut Mountain Shelter 260.6
4/21/18 25 13.1 Hot Springs, NC 273.7
4/22/18 26 11 Spring Mountain Shelter 284.7
4/23/18 27 15.4 Jerry Cabin 300.1
4/24/18 28 6.3 Flint Mountain Shelter 306.4
4/25/18 29 18.9 Bald Mountain Shelter 325.3
4/26/18 30 16.9 Erwin, TN 342.2
4/27/18 31 0 Erwin, TN 342.2
4/28/18 32 11.1 Beauty Spot Gap 353.3
4/29/18 33 13.1 Greasy Creek Friendly 366.4
4/30/18 34 15.6 Stan Murray Shelter 382
5/1/18 35 11.1 Mountain Harbor BB and Hiker Hostel 393.1
5/2/18 36 8.8 Mountaineer Falls Shelter 401.9
5/3/18 37 24.9 Hampton, TN 426.8
5/4/18 38 15.9 Iron Mountain Shelter 442.7
5/5/18 39 15.9 Abingdon Gap Shelter 458.6
5/6/18 40 10.2 Damascus, VA 468.8
5/7/18 41 0 Damascus, VA 468.8
5/8/18 42 15.8 Lost Mountain Shelter 484.6
5/9/18 36 12.2 Thomas Knob Shelter 496.8
5/10/18 37 11.0 Old Orchard Shelter 507.8
5/11/18 38 14.1 Trimpi Shelter 521.9
5/12/18 39 10.6 Partnership Shelter 532.5
5/13/18 46 11.4 Atkins, VA 543.9
5/14/18 47 14.7 Knot Maul Branch Shelter 558.6
5/15/18 48 9.4 Chestnut Knob Shelter 568.0
5/16/18 49 10.7 Jenkins Shelter 578.7
5/17/18 50 13.5 Helveys Mill Shelter 592.2
5/18/18 51 16.2 Trents Grocery Store 608.4
5/19/18 52 26.3 Pearisburg, VA 634.7
5/20/18 53 0 Pearisburg, VA 634.7
5/21/18 54 19.5 Pine Swamp Branch Shelter 654.2
5/22/18 55 18.5 Laurel Creek Shelter 672.7
5/23/18 56 12.4 Niday Shelter 685.1
5/24/18 57 16.8 Four Pines Hostel 701.9
5/25/18 58 25.7 Daleville, VA 727.6
5/26/18 59 0 Daleville, VA 727.6
5/27/18 60 11.2 Wilson Creek Shelter 738.8
5/28/18 61 13.8 Cove Mountain Shelter 752.6
5/29/18 62 11.9 Cornelius Creek Shelter 764.5
5/30/18 63 19.9 Glasgow, VA 784.4
5/31/18 64 10.5 Punchbowl Shelter 794.9
6/1/18 65 15.1 Cow Camp Gap Shelter 810.0
6/2/18 66 12.5 Montebello, VA 822.5
6/3/18 67 11.9 Harpers Creek Shelter 834.4
6/4/18 68 6.2 Maupin Field Shelter 840.6
6/5/18 69 20.8 Wasynesboro, VA/ Charlottesville, VA 861.4
6/6/18 70 0 Charlottesville, VA to see Anne 861.4
6/7/18 71 7.7 Calf Mountain Shelter 869.1
6/8/18 72 13 Blackrock Hut 882.1
6/9/18 73 13.2 Pinefield Hut 895.3
6/10/18 74 20.6 Bearfence Mountain Hut 915.9
6/11/18 75 25.6 Luray, VA 941.5
6/12/18 76 14.3 Gravel Springs Hut 955.8
6/13/18 77 16.7 Mosby Campsite 972.5
6/14/18 78 20.3 Rod Hollow Shelter 992.8
6/15/18 79 9.9 Bears Den Hostel 1002.7
6/16/18 80 0 Bears Den Hostel 1002.7
6/17/18 81 19.9 Harpers Ferry, WV 1022.6
6/18/18 82 16 Rocky Run Shelter 1038.6
6/19/18 83 15.7 Ensign Cowall Shelter 1054.3
6/20/18 84 14.5 Deer Lick Shelters 1068.8
6/21/18 85 18 Caledonia State Park 1086.8
6/22/18 86 17.3 Ironmaster’s Hostel 1104.1
6/23/18 87 19.2 Boiling Springs, PA 1123.3
6/24/18 88 0 Boiling Springs, PA 1123.3
6/25/18 89 14.3 Darlington Shelter 1137.6
6/26/18 90 15.6 Clarks Ferry Shelter 1153.2
6/27/18 91 24.7 Rausch Gap Shelter 1177.9
6/28/18 92 17.5 Pine Grove, PA 1195.4
6/29/18 93 15.1 Eagles Nest Shelter 1210.5
6/30/18 94 14.7 Windsor Furnace Shelter 1225.2
7/1/18 95 16.5 Allentown Shelter 1241.7
7/2/18 96 17.9 Palmerton, PA 1259.6
7/3/18 97 15.6 Leroy A. Smith Shelter 1275.2
7/4/18 98 20.1 Delaware Water Gap, PA 1295.3
7/5/18 99 0 Delaware Water Gap, PA 1295.3
7/6/18 100 5.3 Campsite near Sunfish Pond 1300.6
7/7/18 101 19.5 Brink Road Shelter 1320.1
7/8/18 102 19.6 High Point Shelter 1339.7
7/9/18 103 18.9 Vernon, NJ 1358.6
7/10/18 104 17.1 Wildcat Shelter 1375.7
7/11/18 105 19.6 William Brien Memorial Shelter 1395.3
7/12/18 106 16.6 Graymoor Spriritual Life Center 1411.9
7/13/18 107 18.8 RPH Shelter 1430.7
7/14/18 108 9 Morgan Stewart Memorial Shelter 1439.7
7/15/18 109 16.6 Wiley Shelter 1456.3
7/16/18 110 12.7 Kent, CT 1469.0
7/17/18 111 0 Kent, CT 1469.0
7/18/18 112 13.6 Caesar Brook Campsite 1482.6
7/19/18 113 18.9 Salisbury, CT 1501.5
7/20/18 114 13.4 The Hemlocks Lean-to 1514.9
7/21/18 115 19.7 Mt. Wilcox South Shelter 1534.6
7/22/18 116 17.4 Lee, MA 1552.0
7/23/18 117 19 Dalton, MA 1571.0
7/24/18 118 20.5 Wilbur Clearing Lean-to 1591.5
7/25/18 119 17.1 Congdon Shelter 1608.6
7/26/18 120 14.4 Goddard Shelter 1623.0
7/27/18 121 19.3 Stratton Pond Shelter 1642.3
7/28/18 122 10.7 Machester Center, VT 1653.0
7/29/18 123 16.5 Big Branch Shelter 1669.5
7/30/18 124 13.2 Minerva Hinchey Shelter 1682.7
7/31/18 125 20.4 Rutland, VT 1703.1
8/1/18 126 0 Rutland, VT 1703.1
8/2/18 127 19.9 Wintturi Shelter 1723.0
8/3/18 128 20.4 Happy Hill Shelter 1743.4
8/4/18 129 5.8 Hanover, NH 1749.2
8/5/18 130 16.7 Trapper John Shelter 1765.9
8/6/18 131 12 Hexacuba Shelter 1777.9
8/7/18 132 15.7 Jeffers Brook Shelter 1793.6
8/8/18 133 24.7 Lincoln, NH 1818.3
8/9/18 134 10.3 Garfield Ridge Campsite Shelter 1828.6
8/10/18 135 9.7 Zealand Falls Hut 1838.3
8/11/18 136 0 Zealand Falls Hut 1838.3
8/12/18 137 14.1 Mizpah Spring Hut 1852.4
8/13/18 138 11.8 Madison Springs Hut 1864.2
8/14/18 139 3 Osgood Tentsite 1867.2
8/15/18 140 10.7 Carter Notch Hut 1877.9
8/16/18 141 15.2 Gorham, NH 1893.1
8/17/18 142 11.8 Gentian Pond Campsite Shelter 1904.9
8/18/18 143 9.6 Full Goose Shelter 1914.5
8/19/18 144 12 Baldpate Lean-to 1926.5
8/20/18 145 8 Andover, ME 1934.5
8/21/18 146 0 Andover, ME 1934.5
8/22/18 147 6 Hall Mountain Lean-to 1940.5
8/23/18 148 12.8 Bemis Mountain Lean-to 1953.3
8/24/18 149 17.7 Rangeley, ME 1971.0
8/25/18 150 10.7 Poplar Ridge Lean-to 1981.7
8/26/18 151 8 Spaulding Mountain Lean-to 1989.7
8/27/18 152 13.5 Stratton, ME 2003.2
8/28/18 153 15.3 Little Bigelow Lean-to 2018.5
8/29/18 154 17.7 Pierce Pond Lean-to 2036.2
8/30/18 155 9.7 Pleasant Pond Lean-to 2045.9
8/31/18 156 13.1 Moxie Bald Lean-to 2059.0
9/1/18 157 17.9 Monson, ME 2076.9
9/2/18 158 0 Monson, ME 2076.9
9/3/18 159 15.1 Long Pond Stream Lean-to 2092.0
9/4/18 160 20.8 Carl A. Newhall Lean-to 2112.8
9/5/18 161 18.9 Cooper Brook Falls Lean-to 2131.7
9/6/18 162 21.5 Wadleigh Stream Lean 2153.2
9/7/18 163 19.6 Hurd Brook Lean-to 2172.8
9/8/18 164 13.4 The Birches Lean-to 2186.2
9/9/18 166 5.2 Katah-DONE! 2191.4

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