Hike Time and Start/Finish Dates for the AT and PCT

763 thru-hikers on the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trail reported their start and finish dates to distancehiking.com.  The results cover the years 2013 and 2014 and are presented below in addition to hike time calculations.

Appalachian Trail (458 thru-hikers)

Thru-Hiking Time Distribution

The mean amount of time to thru-hike the AT in 2013-14 was 165 days with a standard deviation of 29 days.  This means that 68% of thru hikers in the survey took 136-194 days to finish.

Hike Time Distribution for the Appalachian Trail

Start Date Distribution

Graph of 2013 Start Dates Graph of 2014 Start DatesFinish Date Distribution

Graph of 2013 Finish Dates Graph of 2014 Finish Dates

Pacific Crest Trail (305 thru-hikers)

Thru-Hiking Time Distribution

The mean amount of time to thru-hike the PCT in 2013-14 was 152 days with a standard deviation of 18 days.  This means that 68% of thru hikers in the survey took 134-170 days to finish.  This was a tighter time range than with AT hikers, possibly reflecting a more limited time window.

Graphic of Hike Time PCTStart Date Distribution

(2013 is the top figure)

2013 start dates PCT 2014 Start Dates PCT

 

Finish Date Distribution

2013 finish dates PCT 2013 Finish Dates PCT

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