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, the president of the American Hiking Society, and was sponsored by the American Hiking Society, the United States Department of the Interior's Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service, and Postum, along with various other suppliers and 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 Montgomery, Jim Kern and the state coordinators, HikaNation would not have succeeded.


Photos & commentary by William Ewart

West Virginia
Washington, D.C.

The Route The OrganizersThe Hikers The Stats
Randy's Archives The Steering Committees MemorabiliaStories & Journals
HikaNation Films by John OlmstedThe Progression of HikaNation


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

Reese's HikaNation photos

Rex's HikaNation photos

Bruce's HikaNation photos

Tim's HikaNation photos

Tim's AHS 1981 Summer Hikes 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 "Butch" Henley's Trek Across America

Hik-a-nation 1980 Cross-Country Trip by John Olmsted
with music by Jiamie Pyles    (the youngest HikaNation participant)
HikaNation Films by John Olmsted

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



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 Reunion and Hike photos, edited by Scott


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



Upcoming events
Chicken BBQ - August 4-6, 2017
(to discuss 40th anniversary reunion plans)
HikaNation - 40th Anniversary Reunion
April 2020 - St. Augustine, Florida

Works in progress



Contributions (photos, articles, etc.)Recent Additions to HikaNation
HikaNation Hikers Obituaries HikaNation  related  links
HikaNation on YouTube HikaNation on Facebook
American Hiking SocietyAmerican Discovery Trail
Hiking Trails for AmericaSearch / Contact HikaNation
The Progression of HikaNation

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