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.

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



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CaliforniaNevada
UtahColorado
KansasOklahoma
ArkansasMissouri
IllinoisKentucky
VirginiaWest Virginia
Maryland (1)Wash., D.C.
Maryland (2)Delaware


Combined State Maps
California through Utah
Colorado through Kansas
eastern Kansas through Missouri
Illinois to Virginia
Virginia through Delaware


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(incomplete; revision on-going)

Bruce Ohlson compiled the closest thing we have to an official HikaNation mileage log: Bruce Ohlson's HikaNation Stats. Some of those calculations are used below.

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The Route


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Many thanks to the map contributors:
Bruce Ohlson, Tim Geoghegan, Al Schneider and Susan "Butch" Henley.


 

HikaNation State Maps


California

April 12 - May 6, 1980

Route information

Approximately 277 miles
with 13.00 miles/walking day


golden gate bridge
California photos
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Nevada

May 6 - June 13, 1980

Route information

Approximately 418 miles
with 12.78 miles/walking day



Nevada photos
& more

 





Utah

June 13 - August 5, 1980

Route information

Approximately 473 miles
with 10.51 miles/walking day



Utah photos
& more



Rich Warnick's interactive map of the Utah route:
HikaNation 1980 Backpack Route - Utah
HikaNation Utah ArcGIS Online "story map"







Colorado

August 5 - October 8, 1980

Route information

Approximately 564 miles
with 12.13 miles/walking day



Colorado photos
& more


another Colorado map
 







Kansas

October 8 - November 8, 1980

Route information

Approximately 434 miles
with 14.91 miles/walking day



Kansas photos
& more

another Kansas map
 







Oklahoma

November 8 - November 23, 1980

Route information

Approximately 194 miles
with 14.26 miles/walking day



Oklahoma photos
& more

another Oklahoma map
 







Arkansas

November 23 - December 20, 1980

Route information

Approximately 265 miles
with 11.73 miles/walking day



Arkansas photos
& more

another Arkansas map
 







Missouri

December 20, 1980 - January 15, 1981

Route information

Approximately 282 miles
with 13.82 miles/walking day



Missouri photos
& more

another Missouri mapand yet another Missouri map
 







Illinois

January 15 - January 31, 1981

Route information

Approximately 137 miles
with 11.42 miles/walking day



Illinois photos
& more

another Illinois map
 







Kentucky

January 31 - March 9, 1981

Route information

Kentucky to A.T.
Approximately 518 miles
with 12.95 miles/walking day



Kentucky photos
& more

another Kentucky map
 







Virginia

March 9 - May 7, 1981

Route information

A.T. To C&O Canal
Approximately 585 miles
with 12.45 miles/walking day



Virginia photos
& more

another Virginia map
 







West Virginia

May 7 - May 9, 1981

Route information


West Virginia photos
& more

another West Virginia map
 







Maryland, before D.C.

May 9 - May 13, 1981

Route information


Maryland photos
& more

 







Washington, D.C.

May 13 - May 14, 1981

Route information

D.C. to Atlantic
Approximately 139 miles
with 11.58 miles/walking day



Washington, D.C. photos
& more


May 13th route (above)
May 14th route (link)
 






Maryland, after D.C.

May 14 - May 24, 1981

Route information


Maryland photos
& more



      additional maps below
Greenbelt Park to BowieBowie to Annapolis
 







Delaware

May 24 - May 27, 1981

Route information


Delaware photos
& more


Pacific Ocean to Atlantic Ocean
Approximately 4,286 miles
with 12.52 miles/walking day




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HikaNation State Maps combined

The maps below were scanned from Bruce Ohlson's Scrapbook Albums.


California through Utah
(larger version of entire map)
map #1map #2
California

Nevada (combined)
western Utaheastern Utah
Utah (combined)

 






Colorado through Kansas
(larger version of entire map)
western Coloradoeastern Colorado
Colorado (combined)
western Kansasmiddle Kansas
Kansas (combined)

 






eastern Kansas through Missouri
(larger version of entire map)
eastern Kansas--Oklahoma Arkansas Missouri

 






Illinois to Virginia
(larger version of entire map)
Illinois--western Kentucky middle Kentuckyeastern Kentucky
Kentucky
(a different, but combined version)
southwestern Virginia

 






Virginia through Delaware
(also using the southwestern Virginia map from above)
(larger version of entire map)
southwestern Virginia northeastern Virginia West Virginia-D.C.-Maryland map #1map #2
Virginia (combined) Maryland to Delaware






Virginia through Delaware
(with out using the southwestern Virginia map)
(larger version of entire map)
northeastern Virginia West Virginia-D.C.-Maryland map #1map #2
  Maryland to Delaware




The five maps combined





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