OpenLongTrails Long Trails Criteria

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OpenLongTrails recognizes that what does and does not qualify as a "long trail" is open to interpretation. OpenLongTrails currently considers the following characteristics as a flexible guide:

The trail...

  1. at least 80 kilometers (50 miles) long.
  2. ...involves minimal road walks.
  3. mostly completed.
  4. mostly in wild areas with natural earth for trail surface.
  5. primarily a hiking trail and is designed for foot traffic.
  6. ...can be completed without substantial mountaineering skills or pack rafting.
  7. not under regulations that require hiking with guides.