Section-hikers and thru-hikers who complete the A.T. can report their journey to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy by filling out the Appalachian Trail 2,000-Miler Application. Hikers who report their hike of the entire Trail will be added to our roster of 2,000-milers, and will receive a certificate of recognition and a 2,000-miler rocker and an A.T. patch. Also, each year's 2,000-miler roster is published in the March/April issue of A.T. Journeys
magazine. In order to be included in the magazine, 2000-miler applications must be sent to ATC by December 31st.
- We give equal recognition to thru-hikers and section-hikers
- In the event of a trail closure or a safety hazard (such as a swollen stream, a forest fire, or an impending storm on an exposed ridge) hikers may take alternate routes (including by vehicle) and still receive official 2,000-miler recognition.
- We operate on the honor system
- We recognize hikers regardless of sequence, direction, speed, or whether they carry a pack