Have you dreamed of hiking the 272-mile Long Trail? Whether you want to thru hike it in one go (taking an average of 20 – 30 days) or hike it in sections (finishing it in one year or a lifetime), you’re still what we call an “End-to-Ender” when you’re done. Over 5,000 hikers have registered their End-to-End hikes with GMC, but we know many more than that have finished.
So how do you get started?
Right here at GMC, of course! We have the resources you need to plan your hike and we’re always happy to answer questions. You could start with the following publications:
- Long Trail Guide – The quintessential guide to the Long Trail, this book contains trail descriptions, maps, elevation profiles, shelter and water information, and more! The 28th edition, celebrating 100 years of GMC publishing, is being printed right now and should be here in a few weeks.
- End-to-Ender’s Guide – A supplement to the Long Trail Guide, this book contains information about all the service near the trail that a hiker could need – groceries, hostels, outfitters, shuttles – and it even contains a handy mileage chart. The 21st edition just came out!
- Long Trail Map – This map shows the whole Long Trail and side trails in lightweight, waterproof form! Know where all the shelters and road crossings are at a glance, and take advantage of the elevation profile when estimating hike times.
We also recently held an End-to-Ender panel so that folks planning their hikes could learn from those that have already done it. ORCA Media live streams it every year so that even those who don’t live near GMC headquarters can participate, and you can watch the recording online any time:
Still have questions?
We keep a list of past hikers willing to be mentors to those still in the planning stages. Just email [email protected] to be put in touch with someone. And, of course, we are always happy to answer your questions at the GMC Visitor Center in Waterbury Center, Vermont. Stop in, email, or call us at 802-244-7037.