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9 epic long-distance trails

By: Josh Lew on Sept. 25, 2014, 8:48 a.m.
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No walk in the park

Taking a long-distance hike is something many people dream about, but few undertake. Most people who set foot on America's famed Appalachian Trail, for instance, only walk for a few miles before looping back and hopping in the car.

Most of the routes mentioned here are longer than the 2,200-mile Appalachian. They offer amazing challenges (and plenty of fodder for the imaginations of armchair hiker). The allure of these long-haul hikes goes beyond the chance for physical accomplishment; these trails offer glimpses of scenery, cultures and lifestyles that few will see firsthand.