Trail Names

What is your trail name? Feel free to leave a comment down below.

When you hit the trail you will come across the trail register now and then to document who has gone through each checkpoint. So at the beginning in Campo… most people are signing their real name unless they have completed a previous Thru-Hike.

LOL… I have no idea what I will be called. My guess is “Ass Haula”

Trail names are a fun part of being on the trail for an extended duration. Some of the names are colorful, unique, or intriguing. There are times that the names are given by others and sometimes self-named. Trail names are commonly used during long distance backpacking trips.

So, why do hikers use trail names? Trail names are simply fun nicknames typically given to fellow hikers on a long distance trek or thru-hike. They are a fun way to “break the ice” when meeting others out on the same strenuous journey.

What is a Trail Name?

A trail name is simpler than first names since there are too many people who have similar names when talking to other hikers. A trail name is more or less a nickname that is often unique, authentic or an experience that happened to them on the trail. Most hikers will use these nicknames instead and they will just let their real name go.

Trail names originated on the Appalachian Trail back in 1948 where there’s a lot of people during peak season. Most of these names are usually acquired during day one of your hiking adventure. There is a time that a trail name is based on a place you love or where you come from. Many times, it is based on the gear that someone is carrying.

For example, someone brought a lot of cheese during their hike so they will be called Cheese throughout their adventure. Another scenario that one would acquire a trail name is basing on their personality trait or physical trait. There are a lot of people who like using trail names but there are also a number of people who choose to use their real during their hikes.

However, it is not mandatory for you to have a trail name during your hike. It is also nice to take the time to know what your trail name would be. Some people get their name on their first week of hiking or even after a thousand miles. Trail names are also great conversation starters most especially in long-distance hikes.

There is also a downside when owning and using a trail name. If a person arrives late on a certain destination, it may be hard for those who are searching for the lost hiker. It may be hard to get reliable information since they only know their trail names. You should not rush into getting a trail name just to get one. It should be unique and best reflect yourself. Either way, you should enjoy your time on the trail as well as your chosen name during your adventure.

The Trek has a Trail Name Generator if you need some help: You can find it here.

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