The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) recognizes a hiker who reports completion of the entire Appalachian Trail (A.T.) as a "2,000-miler" — a title based upon the original estimated length of the Trail.
ATC policy is to operate on an honor system, assuming that, if you apply for 2,000-miler status, you have made an honest effort to walk the entire Trail either as a thru-hiker or in sections. In the event of an emergency, such as a flood, a forest fire, or an impending storm, blue-blazed trails or officially required roadwalks are viable substitutes for the white-blazed route. When no safe walking alternative is available, shuttle by vehicle may be substituted.
While sequence, direction, length of time, or whether you carried a pack are not considered, the ATC holds high expectations of 2,000-milers that include treating the natural environment, A.T. communities, other hikers, and our agency partners — whose land the A.T. passes through — with kindness, respect, and cooperation. Respect for these standards by all applicants is essential to the continuation of ATC's practice of recognizing end-to-end hikers in any fashion.
If you meet these standards, please complete the form below.