If you want to know how long it will take to hike the appalachian trail then you came to the right place because I have an answer to the question about the length of time that it takes most hikers to go from Springer Mountain in Georgia all the way up to the lovely state of Maine and Mt. Katahdin.
Most hikers who thru hike the AT will average about 6 months from start to finish. Some hikers will actually break up the trip into sections and do it that way, but I think I could do it in one shot in about six months.
I would like to take my time while on the trail so 6 months seems about right to me. I won’t be in any particular hurry along the way because I will have quit my job and set up an income stream to help supplement me and pay my bills while I’m off dealing with my mid life crisis.
The fastest person to finish a thru hike of the appalachian trail did it in less than 2 months, but I don’t recollect the exact time it took. When somebody endeavors to go this fast on the trail they inevitably must have a crew of people to help them along the way to provide shelter, food, water, etc. Sounds boring, huh?
Some people start out very slowly for whatever reason and they never finish the trail, even though they never officially quit or anything, they just get held up by their own lack of progress. Baxter state park in Maine closes for the winter in mid October so if you haven’t made it there by that time then you won’t be able to ascend the final peak which is the goal of every hiker who starts a thru hike.
You can read more about this topic on the White Blaze Daze website blog about thru hiking the AT.