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Trail FAQs

Will you ever add a trail in Canada?

I definitely expect to add support for the West Coast Trail and Juan de Fuca Trail along Vancouver Island in British Columbia one of these years. I’ve hiked the trails once before and they’re easily short enough and awesome enough that I would very much like to do the trail again and get enough photos to add to this site. I don’t have a specific date or year currently planned. It could happen this year, or it might be a few years, but it will definitely happen. *nodding*

Longer term, I’d like to hike the Great Divide Trail someday which runs for hundreds of kilometers through the Canadian Rockies. That definitely won’t be happening in the near future, but perhaps in a few years, I’ll make the trek.

There’s also the International Appalachian Trail which is a possibility. I’ve already hiked the distance from Key West, Florida, to Mount Katahdin, Maine. Continuing on along the International Appalachian Trail into Canada seems like a natural extension of that hike, but admittedly, I don’t have any plans in the near future to do that. A lot of other hikes I want to get done first!

View of a beach on West Coast Trail
The West Coast Trail stretches over one of the most beautiful and challenging coastlines of North America—and someday I’d like to add it as an option.
What about the Te Araroa Trail? Will you add that?

That definitely sounds like an awesome trail, but at about 3,000 kilometers through the entire length of New Zealand, it would require a huge time commitment.

I’d love to do the trail someday, but I have no plans to do it anytime in the near future.

If I change trails, do my miles move?

No, the miles stay on the trail you were on when you entered them. If you want to move miles to a different trail, delete the miles from the day that you want to move, switch trails, then re-enter the miles for that day. This will remove the miles from the old trail and add them to your newly selected trail.

If I change trails, will I lose my place on the original trail?

No, we’ll save your position on the trail you left so you can rejoin it later, continuing from the same place where you got off.

Can I add a trail of my own hike?

Maybe! Although all of the trails currently supported were hiked by myself (Green Tortuga), I’m not opposed to adding thru-hikes by others and even built in functionality to support trails created by others. You do, however, have to contact me (use that Contact Us button at the bottom of the page) to get the ball rolling. There’s a lot of work and setup involved—even after your hike is over!

Also, before your hike, it might be a good idea to send a message my way to make sure it’s something I’d be interested in adding in the first place. Here are some considerations in adding a trail:

  • Look for a trail of at least 100 miles in length. Yes, I added the Crater Lake Trail which is a mere 36 miles, but that’s an exception to the rule because it is absolutely spectacular, world-famous and unique as the only snowshoe/winter hike on this website. And even then, I seriously considered not using it.
  • Only complete trails are allowed. From end-to-end, all completed in the same direction. If you’re section-hiking a trail, that’s fine, but it won’t get added until you’ve finished all sections. You can do the sections in any order, but always keep the direction of travel the same so the sections can be seamlessly merged together into a single, long hike.
  • There will be no sort of compensation except for the joy of seeing your photos used on this website and the gratitude of everyone who virtually thru-hikes your trail. You will, of course, have official credit for being the person or persons who hiked the trail and took all of the photos.
  • Since it is disruptive towards anyone virtually walking the trail to have it removed out from under them, once a trail is added, you can never delete it! If you ever decide that you do not want your trail featured on Walking 4 Fun, it can be closed. Those who are already on it will be able to finish your trail and those who have completed it will always keep it in their historical records, but no new walkers will be able to join your trail.
  • Although your trail will become a permanent addition to Walking 4 Fun, we claim no copyrights on your work or photos.