There are almost an infinite number of ways to construct a flip-flop thru-hike, and each
has different advantages.
A flip-flop thru-hike allows you to avoid the unpleasant conditions created when large numbers
of hikers clump together in the backcountry. You'll be helping disperse
the flow of hikers and helping preserve the natural environment of the Appalachian Trail.
You can hike the Trail in any sequence you wish, but make sure you know what kind of weather, terrain, and trail conditions to expect. The traditional thru-hike start time of March and the first half of April in almost areas present the possibility of winter conditions. In areas other than the southern end of the Trail, winter conditions will also be combined with solitude.
Below are some suggested flip-flop thru-hike itineraries.