Test Your Knowledge: Famous Hiking Trails Quiz


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5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

There are thousands of hiking trails worldwide, ranging in difficulty from kid-appropriate to downright dangerous. Indeed, once someone gets bit by the hiking bug, it’s simply a matter of time before they make plans to hit any or all of the world’s most famous hiking trails. To avoid catastrophe, however, even the most experienced of hikers needs to go out prepared with gear like appropriate footwear, a map, compass, first-aid kit, knife, water and more. There are some huge elevation and weather changes along many of these paths, and failure to prepare can spell disaster!

Hiking is all about enjoying the great outdoors and communing with nature, but there’s still plenty of effort involved. Many of these trails are pristine examples of natural beauty, so make sure to keep it that way by taking all of your trash (even biodegradable food and other items) with you on your way out. This is called “packing out” and it’s very important to maintaining the area’s ecosystem.

Also take care to practice good hiking etiquette. When you have to use the outdoor bathroom make sure to do so a minimum of 200 feet from water sources and trails (no one wants to walk up on that). Keep all pets on a leash and be mindful of other hikers and their experience —  don’t be super loud, don’t take up the entire trail, let them pass, and so on.

These long and winding paths cross some of the most gorgeous land ever seen by human eyes. How much do you know about Earth's famous hiking trails? Take this quiz and find out!

Which country has the longest interconnected web of recreational trails?

When completed, the trail will cross 15,000 miles.


What is the highest altitude of the Great Himalaya Trail?

This trail has 10 sections crossing some of the most spectacular ground on Earth.


How many discrete sections make up the 3,700-mile Grand Italian Trail?

The broken-up sections means hikers can pick and choose the pieces they want to attack.


How long is the Pacific Coast Trail?

Guinness World Records indicates it is the longest in the world.


In what year was the Pacific Coast Trail completed?

In addition to seven national parks, hikers on this trail will go through a whopping 25 national forests.


The 500-mile Baker Historical Trail is the longest trail on which continent?

It stretches from South Sudan to Uganda.


If you hike the GR 11 in Spain, you'll have to carry enough provisions for about how many days at a time?

There are dozens of civilized area in the 522 miles of trail, but hikers must be very self-sufficient.


Approximately how long would it take a hiker to complete the Grand Italian Trail?

It is more than 3,800 miles long and traverses many steep mountains.


Which trail is NOT part of the Triple Crown trail system in the United States?

The third is the Pacific Crest Trail.


Of the three trails in the Triple Crown of Hiking, which is the shortest?

And yet at nearly 2,200 miles long, it is still a monster trail.


Where is the Baekdu-Daegan Trail?

It's about 500 miles long and crosses the whole Korean Peninsula, but sorry, it doesn't go through North Korea.


Roughly how many people attempt to walk the entire Continental Divide Trail each year?

The highest point of the trail is 14,270 feet, in Colorado.


The famous Narrows trail is found in which American national park?

And hikers spend about half of their time stomping through the waters of the Virgin River.


About how many steps would it take an average hiker to complete the entire Appalachian Trail?

Some extremely tough hikers manage to walk the entire thing in less than a single season.


Where is the South West Coast Path?

It is around 630 miles and sends hikers near many wide-open coastal views.


In which country is the Te Araroa trail?

Perhaps only 100 people per year attempt to walk the entire 1,800-mile trail.


What does "Te Araroa" mean in English?

It takes average hikers about three months to walk the entire trail.


If a hiker walks the entire Appalachian Trail, about how much elevation would he or she gain?

That's enough of an elevation gain to climb Mount Everest about, oh, 16 times.


What year was the first that a hiker finished the entire American Discovery Trail?

There is a northern and southern split in this one and just that loop is about 1,800 miles.


Through how many states does the American Discovery Trail pass?

It is the only non-motorized coast-to-coast trail in the U.S.


How many times does the Nordkalottleen-Artic Trail cross international borders?

Most of it lies within the Arctic Circle.


How long did it take Matthew Hazley to walk all three Triple Crown trails back-to-back in 2005?

That means he covered about 7,900 miles in less than a year.


In miles, how long is the Colorado Trail?

It stretches from Denver to Durango on an established and well-marked trail.


How long did it take Scott Jurek to run the entire Appalachian Trail in 2015?

He beat the previous record (by Jennifer Pharr Davis) by only around three hours.


About how long does it take winners of the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc footrace to complete the entire 110 miles?

Hikers, on the other hand, usually need more than 10 days to finish the journey.


What is the average altitude of the "low" route on the Great Himalaya Trail?

This is considered the "cultural" route that lets hikers interact with towns along the way.


About long does it take to complete each section of the Via Alpina?

There are 342 sections in the 3,000 miles of trail; some people can hike it all in less than a year.


Through how many countries does The Sultan's Trail pass?

Hikers go through Greece, Serbia, Austria and six other countries.


About how long does it take thru-hikers to complete the entire Continental Divide Trail?

Many hikers call this one the toughest of the Triple Crown.


Some hikers say Bhutan's Snowman Trek is the hardest in the world. How many mountain passes does it cross?

Some of those passes go to a breath-sucking 16,000 feet.


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