Final training hikes: Going big in Pennsylvania

I am now a week away from my departure from Northern Virginia and the start of my cross-country road trip to California from where I’ll spend a few days with family prior to starting my JMT thru-hike. To be ready for my hike, I’ve been building in longer and longer hikes into my training program. The last three weeks saw me hiking 36 miles in two days along the Allegheny Front Trail in Pennsylvania and then 40 miles in as many days along the Quehanna Trail also in Pennsylvania.

These were my first two backpacks in Pennsylvania and what an introduction to Pennsylvania hiking they were! What Pennsylvania seemingly lacks in views, it makes up for in the variation of flora along the trails.

Allegheny Front Trail

Quehanna Trail

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