Southbounding Resources

When we hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2007, we decided to go Southbound (SOBO) for a couple reasons. First, due to our schedule and the fact we wouldn’t be able to start until June, it made sense. Second, since Northbound (NOBO) is the traditional and more popular way to go, there is a strain on resources as well as much more competition for things like campsites, shelters, and bunks at hostels.

So when we decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in 2019 and the Continental Divide Trail (CDT)* in 2020/2021 we opted to hike both of them SOBO as well.

Here is a compilation of some resources we have found helpful in our planning:

Pacific Crest Trail Southbound Resources:

Appalachian Trail Southbound Resources:

Continental Divide Trail Southbound Resources:

*Here, we must note that our CDT SOBO plans were interrupted by Covid-19 and we had to adjust from SOBO thru-hiking the entire trail in 2020 to hiking half and half over two years. For the first half (WY, ID, and MT), we are currently self-supporting with two cars moving along the trail in a northerly direction, but hiking each section SOBO.