American Discovery Trail starts on the Atlantic Ocean and ends at the Pacific at Point Reyes National Seashore. Every summer a few brave souls attempt to hike the whole distance — and the few who pass our way see some of our favorite Bay Area locales (including Mount Diablo State Park and Briones Regional Park on my side of the Bay.)
The ADT in California traverses some of our finest terrain, starting on the Tahoe Rim Trail and working its way down the Sierra slope through Auburn to the Delta and on to the East Bay.
Bay Area hikers Ken and Marcia Powers were the first to through-hike all 4900 miles of the ADT in 2005. (They’re hiking the Idaho Centennial Trail right now).
Robin Grapa, who hiked the whole trail with her mom in 2006 to raise money for bone marrow disease, is still updating her blog. A few of my hearty regular readers will remember Two-Heel Drive posts tracking her progress. I remember thinking she had no idea what she was in for but found myself rooting for her to make it the whole way.
Amazon sells American Discoveries: Scouting the First Coast-To-Coast Recreational Trail by Ellen Dudley and Eric Seaborg, an account of their scouting mission to create the trail. More on the history of the trail at this link.
The ADT represents the entirety of our country. Nothing more patriotic than putting in a few miles on it, if there’s a stretch nearby.
I’m still ticked about the San Francisco Chronicle giving them zero coverage when they finished the ADT. At that time they had already finished the Pacific Crest Trail, the Appalachian Trail and the Continental Divide Trail. If anyone should be in the California Outdoor Hall of Fame, they should.
According to Joan Young on the North Country Trail News blog, the first people to thru-hike the ADT were Peter and Joyce Cottrell. They hiked the ADT in 2003 and are currently thru-hiking the Buckeye Trail.
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Maybe you could put in a plug for independent bookstores as well as for Amazon? The Bay Area still has lots of good independent stores, including the one I own in Point Reyes Station. Point Reyes Books has a strong selection of hiking and nature books and would be glad to stock or special any we don’t have in stock. Independent stores provide lots of services to their communities that Amazon doesn’t and the sales tax goes to helping keep our state parks open. Check out the NCIBA (Northern California Independent Booksellers Association) website for independent bookstores throughout Northern California. We need the support of all book buyers during these difficult economic times!