But before you try to take on all 2,650 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, you'll need to test out your gear, train your body, and try your patience. The best way to prep? Take shorter trips to acclimate your body and figure out what you really need (and don't need) for six months on the trail. After all, backpacking is a skill, and like most skills it takes practice to master.
These trails, from the coast of Maine to the meadows of Shenandoah, are perfect for beginners: short, sweet, and scenic.