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  1. Helen Beckers
    Helen Beckers May 21, 2013 at 4:56 am

    Great post Ray!

  2. Justice
    Justice May 21, 2013 at 5:13 am

    My wife and I are taking our kids next year, they will be 15 and 12 when we go, I cannot wait. I hiked it solo last year, but next will be great because I will be able to share the experience with my family. Thanks for the post.

  3. Dan
    Dan May 21, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Good for them, I have a 1 1/2 year old boy, and while not of hiking age yet, he has a few camping trips under his belt already. Looking forward to when he grows up to start doing some short trips. Weaver Lake is a great place to take young kids starting out, only a few miles but plenty of up and down and to a kid they may as well have hiked the whole JMT.

  4. Deborah Lopez
    Deborah Lopez May 22, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Planning for summer of 2014 with my 11year old. Have been on PCT but for 3 days only. She has greater stamina than me. Looking forward to our hike.

  5. Tom D.
    Tom D. June 22, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    I took my 14 and 11 yr olds last year. They did great and want to do it again next year.

  6. Heather Paladini
    Heather Paladini April 20, 2014 at 9:27 am

    What an inspiring article! I have dreams of thru hiking the AT (perhaps even next year) with my 4 year old (she will be 5 then). I also have a 9yo who does not find interest in this so I’ve considered his spending the season with his grandpa and uncle while I attempt it. It is still in the dreaming/preplanning stages, but I’ve thought that this year, since we will be moving back to CA, I may give the JMT a try and see how we do! We’ve done some weekend trips and I’ve done some solo 3-day trips, but the kids have never done more than 12 in a weekend. I thought this might be an amazing experience for us all, and also a good assessment to see if we are ready for one of the longer thru-hikes! Any other links or info anyone has, I would love to check out so please share! Thanks again 🙂

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