December 27, 2018 / Comments (5)

70 Books on Thru Hiking

Former or aspiring thru hiker? Just love hiking and reading about other people’s adventures and experiences on the trail? This list includes over 70 books on thru hiking the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, and Continental Divide trails among others like the Camino, John Muir, and more off the beaten path ventures. The last section includes some great how-to guides. None of these are specific trail guide books and all would make a great addition to your base weight, airplane carry on, or night stand. Are there others missing you’d recommend? Leave a comment and let us know!


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Appalachian Trail

Pacific Crest Trail


Continental Divide Trail

cdt books

Other Long Distance Trails

How To Guides/Reference


Like this list? Check out these others:

13 Books on Hiking in New Hampshire

 Books for Adventurous Women

 Reference and Children’s books for Exploring the Outdoors


Is audio more your style? Here are 10 Great Outdoor Podcasts to give a listen to!
Or grab the popcorn! Check out our Hiking Documentary Lineup

Last modified: July 1, 2019

5 Responses to :
70 Books on Thru Hiking

  1. snakesession says:

    Hello Allison! Thanks very much for including my book (Painted Blazes – Hiking the Appalachian Trail with Loner) in your list of 70 thru-hike books! Great job on the list and noticed several of my favorites. I would also suggest my newest book for your reference section, Appalachian Trail Who’s Who on YouTube, found on Amazon in print and eBook. http://a.co/d/iD6yHbE/. Also, Sole Searching on the Appalachian Trail by Sam Ducharme is a great read. Thanks again and happy hiking! Loner, AT Class of 2012.

    1. sam Ducharme says:

      thanks for the mention, Loner!

  2. jenbeckseymour says:

    Thanks for including our “Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail — 100 Tips” book! I also just published one specifically for women wanting to thru-hike the AT: “Chicas on the Appalachian Trail — Women-Specific Tips for Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail and Conversations with Badass Women Hikers.” Thank you! — Chica (AT NOBO 2017)

  3. Ron Brown says:

    Trail Mix: Notes along the Palmetto Trail by Ron Brown

  4. cyberhobo says:

    As a character in this book my recommendation may be biased, but I love it and am hearing good reviews so far.

    PaCT: A Journey Beyond the Horizon is a 264 page, 6.5 x 9″ perfect bound book. PaCT documents a 23 year, two-part journey with this 263 page art-book and memoir, a photo-animated flip book, with photos by Dylan Kuhn, and a zine – all by Peter Miles Bergman.

    In 1996 at the age of 23, Peter and Dylan Kuhn set out to hike the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. Burned out, injured, and broke after 90 days and 1,750 miles they quit in Oregon with a pact to return for the remaining 900 miles when they were twice as old. In 2019 they reconvened at 46 to reflect on life’s journey, and race increasingly threatening storms towards Canada.

    Part travelogue and part memoir, this expressively designed book weaves three non-linear text threads together into a portrait of an artist coming of age, drifting waywardly into middle age, and the profound friendship that kept him focused on staying sane, and getting sober, in order to complete their pact.

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