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Thru-hiking 101: Calculate the Cost of Your Thru-Hike

How much does a thru-hike cost? We put together a thru-hike cost calculator so you can estimate the cost of your next long-distance hike based on your own hiking style.

Paul Bodnar      Educational       8/27/2020

How much will your thru-hike cost?

I created this simple calculator so you can estimate the cost of your next long-distance hiking trip based on your personal hiking style. The calculator estimates the cost of consumables while on the trail and assumes that you have already purchased all of your hiking gear.

The cost of your hike can drastically change depending on your food preferences. If you buy grocery food instead of buying expensive freeze dried backpacking food you can save a lot of money. To learn more about planning your backpacking food, visit our Intro to Trail Food Blog.

Restaurant food in town can get expensive.  But it’s hard to pass up the social aspect of eating out.  To learn more about planning your town food, visit our Tips for Planning Your Food in Town Blog.

Town accommodations can be one the most expensive parts of a long-distance hike.
To learn more about town accommodations, visit our Trail Town Accommodations Blog.

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About the Author
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Paul Bodnar

Paul has always liked hiking and thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 1997 after college. After years of working in chemistry, he wanted to create a career involving the outdoors, so he hiked the Pacific Crest Trail again in 2010 to do research for his guide book Pocket PCT. He realized that creating a smartphone app for navigating the outdoors would make it easier to keep the data current and provide a better way to navigate. While hiking with Ryan (aka Guthook) in 2010, they decided to work together to create the first comprehensive smartphone guide for the Pacific Crest Trail. Now with the help of a team of great people they have created over 50 guides for trails around the world.