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Welcome to the Trail Head, a portal to a virtually endless network of trails visited through words and images from adventures in some of the wildest places left in America.

Three years I spent hiking more than 7,000 miles on America's three longest trails will serve as the spine, with limbs leading from Georgia to Maine, along the Appalachian Trail; twice from Mexico to Canada, on the Continental Divide and Pacific Crest trails; and anywhere else you lead us.

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New book on hiking in the Red River Gorge

Posted on February 2, 2013 at 3:53pm

Grand Canyon Adventure Guide

I have hiked into The Canyon several times, once with my daughter in a backpack. But I have never hiked from rim to rim.



Posted on January 17, 2013 at 9:09pm

I learned of this alternative approach to crossing the Divide reporting a story. Sounds great!

I learned of this alternative approach to crossing the Divide reporting a story. Sounds great!


Posted on February 2, 2012 at 11:55pm

From Georgia to Maine, with Jeff Sauer, aka Sauerdough, on the Appalachian Trail in 2010

Greetings from Central VA

june 7

I started hiking the App Trail on April 12th so it is coming up on two

months. A day or so ago I passed the 700 mile mark. As the trail is

2175 miles we are about a third done. Virginia

has been fairly hot and quite humid. Esp hiking uphill the sweat really


Fortunately the trail is mostly in tree cover so the heat is not bad. Im

told it will get a lot worse - July in NY, PA etc. Ive been…


Posted on October 4, 2010 at 7:33pm

From Canada to Mexico along the Continental Divide Trail: Part 6


Hike toward Cabezon, take wrong fork, head alongside, view old ghost town Cabezon from afar. Wonderland of buttes, mesas, desert flora in an area under wilderness study by the BLM. When road heads west, I drop off to a road southwest, which soon hits bridge with a sign warning against crossing. Backtrack, eventually come to gate signed, "No Trespassing" and "Beware of Dog." But no choice, so hike on. Luckily no dogs, breathing hard I pass house, car parked in back. Horses study,… Continue

Posted on December 12, 2009 at 1:54pm

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At 8:49pm on February 20, 2015, Tim York said…

sorry for the delay in getting back to you. i have hiked all the trace through the gorge. i plan on doing some hiking on the southern part this spring. I would like to hike from cumberland falls south to the beginning.

At 12:17pm on February 18, 2013, William Guill said…

Yes I am Larry. Two tours overseas; 2003 and 2005-06. U.S. Army

At 3:36pm on February 17, 2013, William Guill said…

Actually, I'm leaving on 16March13 and starting on the 17th. Doing a complete thru-hike with Warrior Hike.

At 2:49pm on January 18, 2013, The Weka from Topeka said…

I don't believe we met.  I think you were always well ahead of me. 

I left Springer Mountain on April 8, 1986, and I climbed Katahdin on September 29, 1986.  I thru-hiked from south to north.

I found a trail register and photocopied the 1986 entries before I mailed it to the guy who left it.  It was a register called "Trail Bits" left by a guy named William T. Goodman from Florida.  He was leaving notebooks in selected shelters up and down the trail, and talked about making a book with selected entries, but I never heard anything more about it.

Anyway, from that register, you were at Rock Hut Shelter on Chestnut Ridge, Virginia on April 28, 1986.  (I'm not sure that shelter is still there, or maybe it has another name now?)

On April 28, I was at the Davenport Gap Shelter on the north end of the Smokies.  I didn't reach the Rock Hut Shelter until May 27.

So, you were definitely ahead of me. 

You wrote in that "Trail Bits" register: "Still hiking en masse, though we're all straggling about.  Tom J. showed up last nite after hiking back to Damascus accidentally.  As far as why, just to do it!  It's no place to run away to, but a great place to go for lack of direction.  I'm addicted to thru hiking.  Hi y'all!  LARRY THE LONER, PARMA, OH."

I have also never made it to The Gathering nor have I attended any of the biennial meetings of the ATC.  Maybe some day . . .

Happy trails!
"The Weka"

At 1:29pm on September 26, 2011, Rex Miatke said…
Hey Larry.  Just happnd upon your site.  You are such a part of my memories of my 1986 thru hike.  The insane D2'S live on.
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At 11:30pm on April 4, 2010, Glynda the Good said…
Yes, Buddy, I am Wiccan! Are you!?
At 6:25pm on January 11, 2010, Bruce Lahman said…
Yo Budd, what would you be 'exhibiting' at the Adventure Summit?
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At 8:45am on October 27, 2009, Jef Young said…
Hi Larry,
Great to see you again; we're doing some cool weather camping in 2 weeks in Ohio. We'll be using your site for upcoming destinations.

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