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The Appalachian Trail (AT) is a 2,190 mile trail that runs from Georgia up to Maine, also passing through North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire. It is considered by some to be the hardest of the three long-distance thru hikes that comprise the “Triple Crown”, because of the total elevation gain and some of the rocky and slippery terrain. The other two trails in the Triple Crown are the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and the Continental Divide Trail (CDT).
Whether you are planning to take on the challenge of a long distance hike, or a weekend excursion, the most comprehensive trail information can be found on the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) website. The ATC serves as the steward of the trail, managing thru-hiking registrations, maintaining the trail and conserving the lands it passes through, hosting backpacking courses and workshops, and more.
The Pacific Crest Trail spans 2,650 miles (4,265 kilometers) from Mexico to Canada through California, Oregon, and Washington. It is a National Scenic Trail. It reveals the beauty of the desert, unfolds the glaciated expanses of the Sierra Nevada, travels deep forests, and provides commanding vistas of volcanic peaks in the Cascade Range. The trail symbolizes everything there is to love – and protect – in the Western United States.
The mission of the Pacific Crest Trail Association is to protect, preserve and promote the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail as a world-class experience for hikers and equestrians, and for all the values provided by wild and scenic lands. The entire PCT corridor is permanently protected, well maintained and effectively managed. The PCTA, widely recognized as the trail’s champion and steward, achieves its work through the strength of its partnerships, staff, volunteers, and the rest of the PCT community.
The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail (CDT) is one of the most significant trail systems in the world. Established by Congress in 1978, it spans 3,100 miles between Mexico and Canada, traverses five states and connects countless communities along the spine of the Rocky Mountains. The CDT encounters some of the most dramatic and wild landscapes left on the planet as it traverses the backbone of America: the Great Continental Divide, which separates the watersheds that drain into the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic Oceans. One of the world’s greatest long-distance trails, the CDT is the highest, most challenging, and most remote of our 11 National Scenic Trails.
The mission of the Continental Divide Trail Coalition is to complete, promote, and protect the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. The CDTC will do this by building a strong and diverse trail community, providing up-to-date information to the public, and encouraging conservation and stewardship of the trail, its corridor, and surrounding landscapes.
The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics provides proven, research-based solutions for the protection of the natural world. The organization accomplishes its mission by providing innovative education, skills and research to help people care for the outdoors. By working with the public and those managing public lands, the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics focuses on educating people—instead of costly restoration programs or access restrictions—as the most effective and least resource-intensive solution to land protection.
1% for the Planet was founded to prevent greenwashing, certify reputable giving and provide accountability. The 1% for the Planet certification is given to businesses and individuals that meet our high-bar commitment—donate 1% of annual sales or salary to environmental causes.
This model drives critical philanthropic support to address the most urgent environmental issues of our time. 1% for the Planet’s network exemplifies the power of collective action, bringing together individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations around the world to support people and the planet. When we all work together, 1% adds up.