The Appalachian Trail is the original long-distance challenge for American wanderlust—over 5000 outdoor enthusiasts attempt to cross it each year! This 6-day hike dedicated to all female hiking aficionados lets you unwrap the wonders of the Appalachia and get the feel for long-distance hiking. Starting from Amicalola Falls State Park, this all-female tour lets you explore the remnants of Appalachian mountain culture, shows you the beauty of the backcountry, and provides both a challenge and sense of freedom. With an experienced naturalist guide and a motivating group of women by your side, you will gain more confidence, feel empowered, and feel the thrill of hiking through one of the most famous trails in the US.

  • Sweeping views from iconic balds and historical stops along the way

  • Reconnect with nature and yourself as you cross around 50 miles of the A.T.

  • Traverse tunnels of trees, rocky ridgelines, open summits, and rolling balds

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Michelle Michaud
Michelle Michaud
Michelle Michaud is the founder and primary guide at Wandering Boots who has been hiking the Appalachian Trail since 1998. She has completed the trail in sections from '98 to '08 and then did 2 thru-hikes with one in 2014 and again in 2017. She has hik...
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Wandering Boots Adventure Tours
Wandering Boots Adventure Tours
Wandering Boots Adventure Tours
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Wandering Boots wants to take away all the stress and worries of planning a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Their local, knowledgeable and experienced hiking guides are committed to helping you reach your goals.
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5.00 (3 reviews)
Amy Jo Rasch about Michelle Michaud on 57hours

Michelle is very knowledgeable and made me feel confident that I can go out on my own and successfully hike the AT. She is passionate about her job and is a genuine pleasure to be around. I highly recommend her.

Lisa Kennedy about Michelle Michaud on 57hours

Michelle was an amazing guide. Patient every step of the way. She was knowledgeable as well as personable and we a really enjoyed her stories! This adventure was challenging to say the least n that was what I was after. I found that with the teachings from Michelle I could feel comfortable in the wilds and most likely survive!

Fabulously executed
Rebecca Weisenthal about Michelle Michaud on 57hours

The best guide imaginable. Could not have done it without her expert guidance, encouragement, passion, and tough love—true grit and exemplary characteristics. A teacher and steward of Nature—no shortcuts! 5 stars!!!

Things to know

  • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

    We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Atlanta, Georgia, please refer to the Georgia Department of Public Health website.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

  • What you get on this adventure:

    • An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
    • Six days of hiking in an all-female team
    • One night at the hostel
    • One dinner at the hostel
    • Shuttle from and to the airport

    What’s not included:

    • Camping food
    • Camping gear, sleeping bags, and tents
    • Personal items
    • Additional night at the hostel if you need a shuttle back to the airport
  • You need to be able to hike for full days, carrying a full daypack or backpacking pack. Each day you will hike up to 8 miles per day, taking you through accessible terrain and crossing around 50 miles total. There might be some scrambling and balancing along the way, but the hike is beginner-friendly. Take shorter hikes to prepare, and pay attention to what your body can handle. If you are looking for adventure and up to the task of multiple days or weeks of full-day trekking, you’ll be rewarded immensely. 

  • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

    • Backpack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 35-45L bag)
    • Sleeping bag and sleeping pad
    • Tent
    • Camp food
    • Hiking poles
    • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
    • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
    • Spare clothes for layering
    • Waterproof rain jacket
    • Sunhat
    • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
    • First aid kit
    • Headlamp or flashlight
    • Sunglasses
    • Camera — optional (but recommended)

    Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

    You can rent any hiking and camping gear from your guide for $100 per week.

  • Group sizes and prices:

    • For this hiking trip, the usual client to guide ratio is 5:1. 
    • The cost does not decrease as the group grows. All prices are per person.
    • Single travelers are always welcome on this hiking trip! You will join a group of other female hikers with a similar experience and skill level.

    Hiking the Appalachian Trail can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

    • If you are over 18, you’re ready to go.
    • Minors may be allowed to join the hike on a case-by-case basis.

    If you have any minors in your group, contact us to make arrangements.

  • A deposit of $200 per person is needed to secure your spot. Full amount should be paid one month prior to departure. If you cancel the trip over 48 hours after booking, the deposit is not refundable.

    With 57hours, you benefit from both our own cancellation policy as well as that of the individual guiding service that delivers your adventure. All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure, but rest assured that our own cancellation policy will work on top of what is provided by your guide.

    In light of the current situation, we’re working to handle all trip cancellations appropriately. Cancel within 48 hours of booking your trip and get a full refund minus the deposit. If you need to change your plans up to 31 days ahead of your scheduled adventure, we offer a full refund on most trips. Within 31 days we offer free date changes or the option to convert your booking to credit to use on any 57hours adventure at a later date.

  • To get to Amicalola Falls State Park, most people fly into Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport 1.5 hours from Atlanta. After booking, your guide will give you all the info on transportation from the airport to Amicalola.

    You’ll typically meet your guide on Sunday for a day of preparation ahead of the hike. On Monday morning, the guide will bring you to The A.T. trailhead. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.

  • While you’re on the trail, follow the seven principles of Leave No Trace (LNT). In the last few years there has been a rise in usage of the trail with several negative corresponding results: more trash which leads to bears becoming used to food lying around, shelters getting closed because they’re overwhelmed with rodents and garbage, and overall degradation. Do your part to leave the trail as you found it.

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