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sasquatch2014
12-04-2009, 14:09
As I was out walking with my dog the other night I was looking out on the ridge where the trail runs and wondered how many other people get to look out on the trail every day?

Disney
12-04-2009, 14:10
Relatively few, I would guess. I'm in Texas myself.

Kerosene
12-04-2009, 14:13
No such luck. My wife loves the shore and I love the mountains, so we compromised and live in flat southeast Michigan.

whisperingwind
12-04-2009, 14:28
I can look out my back door and see South Mountain.

thecaptain
12-04-2009, 14:45
The AT is 30 yards away across the creek at mile marker 641....

Manwich
12-04-2009, 14:48
http://imgur.com/CCVO0.png

Thanks for reminding me that I'm at least 54mi from the trail itself...

Manwich
12-04-2009, 14:49
or 51,189.44 smoots away.

sasquatch2014
12-04-2009, 14:49
http://imgur.com/CCVO0.png

Thanks for reminding me that I'm at least 54mi from the trail itself...

So where is that point that you so technically mapped out?

Manwich
12-04-2009, 14:54
About 1100' north of Surprise Lake in Abram S. Hewitt state forest in new jersey. A few miles Northbound of the Wawayanda Shelter., maybe half a mile from the NJ/NY State Line

emerald
12-04-2009, 15:18
Close enough at about 20 from most points on the AT in Berks County with many who live much closer reporting.

LIhikers
12-04-2009, 15:40
80 miles from my house to where the trail crosses the road Franciscan Way at the Graymoor Spiritual Life Center, where I do my corridor monitoring work. That takes anywhere from an hour and a half to two hours when there's little or no traffic on the roads. When traffic is heavy, or the Throgs Neck Bridge is backed up the sky's the limit on time.

Hikes in Rain
12-04-2009, 15:58
8 hours from the southern terminus, almost ten from the end of my last section. *sigh*

Maddog
12-04-2009, 16:01
im about 2.5 hours from springer(i wish i was closer)...im on the trail at least once a month!:)

Hoop Time
12-04-2009, 16:32
Love the fact that I live so close to the AT. It's a great resource to have practically in your backyard. I can be to close to 10 different trailheads in 25 minutes of less.

Jeff
12-04-2009, 16:43
Can look out my window and see Prospect Rock just south of Manchester Ctr, VT.

Maddog
12-04-2009, 16:53
Can look out my window and see Prospect Rock just south of Manchester Ctr, VT.
wow! must be nice!:D

bloodmountainman
12-04-2009, 16:56
Just south of Blood Mountain in Ga. off Hwy 129.

Lone Wolf
12-04-2009, 18:23
60 yards from my house

MintakaCat
12-04-2009, 18:27
64.6 miles from Springer Mountain.

Chaco Taco
12-04-2009, 18:30
18 miles to Sams Gap, 30 minutes to Hot Springs, 45 minutes to Max Patch, 30 minutes to Standing Bear Farm, 30 minutes to Erwin. One of the many benefits to living in Asheville is that the AT is so close with so many different spots within an hour. Cue LW Asheville dirty hippie comments.:D

dmax
12-04-2009, 18:38
under 5 miles

southpaw95
12-04-2009, 19:36
I live 1.5 miles from the trail.

I can see Dragon's Tooth from my front window.:D

Crazy Larry #1
12-04-2009, 19:42
The trail is part of my front yard both at my house and my place of business...

Daydream Believer
12-04-2009, 20:15
We are from SE Virginia not far from the Great Dismal Swamp (not nice to hike!) and it takes us about 4.5 hours to get to the closest part of the AT as it runs thought VA. We are lucky though that we are about a days drive away from probably 90% of the trail except for the most Northern Areas like Maine and New Hampshire.

I do wish we lived closer...it would make our goal of section hiking all of it much easier to finish.

FatMan
12-04-2009, 20:20
200 yards by steep bushwhack or 400 yards by our foot path from the back door.

CrumbSnatcher
12-04-2009, 20:55
too far away:(,:-?thinking of trying the colorado trail next year.

superman
12-04-2009, 21:10
On a far off galaxy.:)

Compass
12-04-2009, 21:53
160 miles mainly on VA I-64 west to Rockfish Gap (near Waynesboro).

25 hours by train and shuttle to Amicalola Falls State Park.

Cabin Fever
12-04-2009, 22:58
I am lucky enough to have about three valleys line up so that I can see Roan and Unaka Mountains...whilst sitting on my couch. No lie. Still more than 25 miles from several trailheads.

Cookerhiker
12-04-2009, 23:25
It's been 6 months since I moved to Lexington and I like my new home and community......but....

I'm farther from the Trail than ever before in my life - more than 200 miles (I think about 240). The closest point in terms of driving time is Davenport Gap.

This poll reminded me of a similar one - http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/showthread.php?t=1055 - which I'll resurrect and update.

JJJ
12-04-2009, 23:25
Less than ten miles on foot from my house to Damascus.
I can see the whole Holston ridge line, Whitetop and Mt Rogers from a hill close to my house.
Still, I have no vice presidential aspirations.
jjj

Bulldawg
12-04-2009, 23:32
About 20 air miles from the bulk of the trail in Georgia. I see the peaks of Tray and Rocky Mtns every single morning on the way to work. I can make the drive to Tray Gap and be standing on the summit of Tray looking south towards my house in about 40 minutes total.

harryfred
12-05-2009, 00:29
I'm gonna guess about a six mile walk out my front door 2 miles is public road then it's about 4 miles up a gated off state forest road. The hike up the hill on the state forest road is really quite pretty. I can and do hike to either Pine Groove Furnace or Caledonia State park in about a day. I hike some part of the AT at least once a month.

d.o.c
12-05-2009, 00:34
I can look out my window and see fullhardt knob the trail crosses my street

DylonHike
12-05-2009, 00:49
about 4 hours from southern pines

but only about 15 minutes from damascus where my dad lives in mountain city, TN

Trailweaver
12-05-2009, 00:57
Auuuuuuuggggghhhhh! It kills me that you all live sooo close! I have to drive nearly four hours to hike now, and as I hike north, I'm hiking further away from where I live, so it takes me longer each time.

ki0eh
12-05-2009, 14:55
I can see the original A.T. route out my bedroom window, but since a 1955 relocation one can't claim to see it from Allen Mountain anymore.

(Used to live 3 blocks off the A.T. in Boiling Springs, a required daily trek due to no home mail delivery in the historic area)

paradoxb3
12-05-2009, 16:02
about 50 miles or so to springer mountain... only about 1-2 miles to the pinhoti though! :D

mountain squid
12-05-2009, 16:42
Right now I am looking at a snow covered Iron Mountain. As the crow flies I am probably less than 3 miles from the trail.

See you on the trail,
mt squid

mikec
12-05-2009, 17:02
I'm about 40 miles from where the AT crosses VA55 near Linden, VA.

Erin
12-05-2009, 21:38
13 hours. Doing five day section on the Superior this year and darn, it is far too.

Blissful
12-05-2009, 21:39
I see the trail every day from where I live. Up there in SNP. :)

sbhikes
12-05-2009, 22:37
I live on the western edge of California so I'm about as far away as you can get. But I'm only 60 miles from the PCT. 100 if you want to walk on trails to get there.

Brodels
12-05-2009, 22:45
Maybe something like 80 miles from Katahdin. About 12 miles from the IAT, though.

johnnybgood
12-05-2009, 23:04
I see the trail every day from where I live. Up there in SNP. :)
Go ahead and rub it in why don't you.;)

I've never done an odometer reading but I'm about an hour and a half drive from Rockfish Gap.

Patrickjd9
12-06-2009, 11:08
Not only living 25 to 100 miles from the trail now, but have spent my entire 50 years (in three different states) living 25 to 100 miles from the trail.

Roots
12-06-2009, 13:15
5 miles from Pisgah Nat. Forest, within 30 min. of 3 state parks, 30 min. from the Foothills trail, and within 1 1/2 to 3 hrs from the first 500 miles of the AT. LIFE IS GOOD!!!!!!!

The Mechanical Man
12-07-2009, 17:55
I live 1 mile down the road from the AT crossing at Smith Gap Road in Pa.

See your ALDHA - Companion, Thru-hiker Handbook, or your (all new) "The AT Guide".

tech30528
12-09-2009, 21:17
I'm about a half hour from either Blood Mountain or Unicoi Gap, whichever I choose to go to. The 30528 in my screen name is my zip code.

Jester2000
12-09-2009, 21:24
I voted living on the trail even though I'm not really living on the trail. But I can lean over my porch, throw a rock, and hit thru-hikers on the head. And let me tell ya, once you've done that once, it's pretty hard to stop.

Graywolf
12-09-2009, 21:36
You all make me really sick.. I mean REALLY SICK.. I live here in Texas, right dab smack in the middle of the DFW metroplex, and i have to read about you living right off the trail!!! Come on now, stop bragging, some of us are getting jealous!!!!!Now....Man!!! How inconsiderate...

Well, thats ok, it just made me want to put my pack on and get the hell out of here...and appreciate the trail more when I'm there...

See ya on the Trail......:D:banana

Graywolf

Cookerhiker
12-10-2009, 09:43
You all make me really sick.. I mean REALLY SICK.. I live here in Texas, right dab smack in the middle of the DFW metroplex, and i have to read about you living right off the trail!!! Come on now, stop bragging, some of us are getting jealous!!!!!Now....Man!!! How inconsiderate...

Well, thats ok, it just made me want to put my pack on and get the hell out of here...and appreciate the trail more when I'm there...

See ya on the Trail......:D:banana

Graywolf

On my Long Trail end-to-end hike in '07 (http://www.trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?id=205041), I met a couple from Fort Worth who were sporting broad smiles, sunny dispositions, and obviously relished the experience. When I asked where they were from, they replied how happy they were to hike in the cool green woods of New England instead of sitting in 100 degree temps in Texas.

And it wasn't even that cool a day by Northestern mountain standards but I guess much cooler than the DFW Metroplex.

BobTheBuilder
12-10-2009, 10:19
or 51,189.44 smoots away.

It has been a while since I thought about measuring anything in smoots, but I walked that bridge for four years myself, long ago.

FritztheCat
12-10-2009, 11:37
Four hours from the AT and about 4 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean (depending on light signals). Yet I've been on the AT more than I've been on the beach! :D

sasquatch2014
12-10-2009, 12:19
It has been a while since I thought about measuring anything in smoots, but I walked that bridge for four years myself, long ago.

Was screwing around with my son a year or so ago talking about millgores, Killgores and farthnocks. I told him that these were all metric units of time. By the end of all this he wanted to jump from the back seat and slap me and his sister who went along with all of it.

Cookerhiker
12-10-2009, 13:03
Four hours from the AT and about 4 minutes from the Atlantic Ocean (depending on light signals). Yet I've been on the AT more than I've been on the beach! :D

You got your priorities right!:D

Gray Blazer
12-10-2009, 13:07
I travel the whole width of the FT once a week on my way to Starke from Gainesville. Gotta watch that speedtrap in Waldo.

Buzz_Lightfoot
12-10-2009, 14:01
15 Miles. I cross it every day at Culver's Gap in NJ going to work.

futureatwalker
12-10-2009, 16:06
Far. 2,815.3 miles.

On the other hand, I'm about 40 miles from the West Highland Way and the Southern Upland Way in Scotland, and maybe 60 miles from the Penine Way in England.

Plodderman
12-10-2009, 16:41
Southern ohio so I am more than 100 miles form the trail

texascampgal
12-10-2009, 18:39
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1,100 mi17 hours 53 mins

Darwin again
12-11-2009, 17:38
5.7 miles line of sight.