Flip flop thru-hikes can offer benefits like milder weather, a longer time frame to complete the Trail, and moderate terrain in which to start. Flip flop thru-hikes also help conserve the Trail by reducing overcrowding and sustaining
communities along the Trail.
Scenarios below outline sample alternative itineraries for a six and one-half month "flip flop" thru-hike, with tips for those seeking hikes of shorter
or longer duration.