April 1980 through May 1981
San Francisco, California to Cape Henlopen, Delaware

HikaNation was a 14-month cross-country backpacking trip starting at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California on April 12, 1980, and ending at Cape Henlopen, Delaware on May 27, 1981 after traversing over 4,286 miles and passing through 14 states and Washington, D.C.

Purposes for the hike included highlighting the need for more hiking trails across America and promoting hiking as a low energy consumption form of recreation.

HikaNation by the Mississippi
HikaNation by the Mississippi
January 15th, 1981

HikaNation   was   organized   by
Jim Kern, William Kemsley, Jr., Paul Pritchard, & Glenn Seaborg, and was sponsored by the American Hiking Society, the United States Department of the Interior Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service, and Postum, along with various other suppliers & supporters, including Backpacker  magazine.

The Progression of HikaNation details the journey with various organizational memos, letters, newspaper and magazine articles.

While each state had a HikaNation coordinator who planned the route and some activities through the state, Monty Montgomery was the HikaNation "on-site" Hike Coordinator. Monty drove his van and airstream trailer parallel to the HikaNation route and provided numerous functions, including, but not limited to: coordinating with state planners, advance scouting/altering of planned route, meeting with locals & dignitaries & media, providing water/food/aid in desolate areas, transporting hikers to and from the hike, providing resupply trips to nearby towns, etc.  Without Monty, Jim Kern and the state coordinators, HikaNation would not have succeeded.

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Photos & commentary by William Ewart

West Virginia
Washington, D.C.

HikaNation Route Information
including U.S. and State maps

HikaNation 1980 Backpack Route - Utah
HikaNation Utah ArcGIS Online "story map"
 by Rich Warnick
The Hikers The Organizers The Campsites The Stats
Randy's Archives The Steering Committees MemorabiliaStories & Journals
HikaNation Photos HikaNation Videos HikaNation Reunions HikaNation Events
The Progression of HikaNation HikaNation Films by John Olmsted



Janet's HikaNation photos
Rich's HikaNation photos

60 of Scott's Shots

Scott's HikaNation photos

Marce's HikaNation photos
"original set"
Marce's HikaNation photos
"additional set"
"2016 additions"

"Butch's" HikaNation photos

Note: Some of these photos were taken by Rex Halfpenny.
Rex's HikaNation photos
"original set"
"additional set"

Reese's HikaNation photos

Bruce's HikaNation photos

Tim's HikaNation photos

Tim's AHS 1981 Summer Hikes photos

Kimberly's HikaNation photos

Jim's HikaNation photos

Mike's HikaNation photos



Scott's HikaNation Memorial Video Tribute
Kurt's HikaNation SlideshowMarce's HikaNation Slideshow
Kelty Mike's HikaNation SlideshowReese's HikaNation Slideshow
Susan "Butch" Henley's Slideshow
(music only; no narration)
"Butch" Henley's Trek Across America
(with narration by "Butch")

Hik-a-nation 1980 Cross-Country Trip by John Olmsted
with music by Jiamie Pyles
   (Jiamie at cdbaby & at Reverbnation)
HikaNation Films by John Olmsted

April 2016 Interviews with
Jim Kern by Paula Guerrein
A Handshake Across America
March 21, 2017
October 2017 Interviews with
Bill Kemsley by Paula Guerrein



1981 Thanksgiving Gathering

May 1982 Reunion photos

May 1983 ReunionAugust 1984 Reunion

October 1986 Reunion photos

Summer 1991 Reunion photos

May 2000 Reunion photos

May 2011 Reunion photos
  &  Jeopardy

August 2013 Reunion-BBQ photos

Pre-Reunion 2015 Hike photos

September 2015 Reunion photos
  &  videos

Additional 2015 photos, edited by Scott

August 2017 BBQ-Reunion photos


35th Anniversary Reunion

HikaNation Reflections - 35 Years After the Hike
September 2015 Reunion Photos2015 Roundtable Discussion Videos
Pre-Reunion 2015 Hike Photos Pre-Reunion 2015 Hike info
Additional 2015 Reunion and Hike photos, edited by Scott
reunion poster-flyer reunion schedule
Poster 1Itinerary
reunion poster-flyer 2
MerchandisePoster 2
HikaNation - an AHS Legacy -
Celebrates 35th Reunion
American Discovery Trail
35th HikaNation Reunion Planned
HikaNation celebrates 35 years...
by Paula Guerrein
HikaNation: Hiking Across America
by William Kemsley
35th HikaNation Reunion in Estes Park
by Jim Kern
HikaNation, 35th Anniversary
by Jim Kern
AHS: HikaNation Gathers for 35th Reunion by Paula GuerreinADT: Discover America
Winter 2015-2016 - 35th Reunion articles



Recent and Upcoming Events
The Natural Resources
Management Act of 2019
passes the Senate - 02/12/2019
HikaNation Exhibit opening
at Appalachian Trail Museum
May 5, 2019
40th Anniversary Reunion
April 17-19, 2020-St. Augustine, FL

Works in progress



The Father of the American Discovery Trail

The American Discovery Trail (ADT) is a new breed of national trail - part city, part small town, part forest, part mountains, part desert - all in one trail. Opened in 2000, its 6,800+ miles of continuous, multi-use trail stretches from Cape Henlopen State Park, Delaware, to Pt. Reyes National Seashore, California. It reaches across America, linking community to community in the first coast to coast, non-motorized trail. The ADT provides trail users the opportunity to journey into the heart of all that is uniquely American - its culture, heritage, landscape and spirit. (November 9, 2014)



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HikaNation Hikers' ObituariesHikaNation  related  links
American Discovery TrailHikaNation on YouTube
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Hiking Trails for AmericaSearch / Contact HikaNation
The Progression of HikaNation

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