Just as the ultimate dream of mountaineers is to climb Rainier, Aconcagua, K2 or Everest, so every hiker dreams of the ultimate hike. The Hiker’s Grand Slam has set out to identify these hiking trails, produce a hiking map for those who hike these routes and record their achievements. The four best hikes in the Lower 48 constitute the Grand Slam. The best hike in Alaska completes the Super Grand Slam. The four best hikes elsewhere in the world represent the World Grand Slam.
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The founding and the organization of the Hiker’s Grand Slam was completed under the direction of Jim Kern. In the future, a panel will be selected to review the Grand Slam routes and offer alternatives if use and/or trail conditions become a factor.
Hiking The Grand Slam
Hikes are four to seven days, preferably a circuit, so people end the hikes at the trailhead and their cars. Scenery that is nonpareil is a must. The trailhead must be reasonably accessible, the elevation gains not excessive. Water must be available on the hiking trails each day, and the selections must offer good geographical balance. The World Grand Slam must offer some amenity: a refuge each night, porters, or transportation back to the trailhead if the route is not a circuit, or a combination of these.
Hiker’s Grand Slam, Inc. is a non-profit corporation and “Leave No Trace” organization. Fees go to help trail maintenance, signs, and preservation.
If you would like to sign up, please visit our registration page. Visit our “Suggest A Trail” area if you would like to recommend a hike.
Lower United States
Pacific Crest Trail, Rae Lakes, in the Sierras, Southern California. / Appalachian Trail, The Presidential Range, White Mountains, New Hampshire. / Florida Trail, Ocala National Forest, Florida. / Beartooth Wilderness, Montana.
World Grand Slam
The World Grand Slam includes the overseas hiking adventures on the Vanoise Glacier, French Alps and the Hunza Valley, in northern Pakistan. Additionally, the circular route in the Parque Nacional Torres del Paine, Chile contrasts nicely with the Milford Track, South Island, New Zealand.
Maps For Hiking
Hiker’s grand Slam sells 8 1/2 X 11 throw away paper hiking maps of each route for $2. plus a S.A.S.E.
Participants earn their place in hiking history with a listing in the permanent HGS Register. An official Certificate of Achievement and special Grand Slam T-shirts are also available.