Trails.com has issued its list of most popular (and presumably most downloaded) trails. The downloaded trails are heavily weighted to the Northeast and the New York City metro area in particular with Breakneck Ridge Trail being #1. You might recall my last reporting about being escorted at gunpoint in January 2003 after missing the trailhead and wandering too close to New York City’s water supply tunnel which crosses the Hudson from the Catskills. So, it probably is a good idea to have a map even if the Metro North train actually drops you off at the trailhead (the only trail in the NYC metro area with such specific connections).
Mount Whitney was ranked #2 and Clingmans was #15. The trails around Frissel gathered #7 (for the Applachian Trail in CT/MA area) and #20 for Bear Mountain which is the route the other way in Connecticut.
The top trails:
1. Breakneck Ridge Trail (Hiking, New York)
2. Mount Whitney (Hiking, California)
3. Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail (Hiking, Pennsylvania)
4. Half Dome (Hiking, California)
5. Dolly Sods Wilderness (Hiking, West Virginia)
6. Cohutta Wilderness Area Trails (Hiking, Georgia)
7. Appalachian National Scenic Trail: CT & MA (Hiking, Massachusetts)
8. The Pinnacle (Hiking, Pennsylvania)
9. American River Bike Path (Mountain Biking, California)
10. Furnace Mountain / Trayfoot Mountain Overnight Loop (Hiking, Virginia)
11. Appalachian Trail: Chester Gap to Harpers Ferry (Hiking, Virginia)
12. Appalachian Trail: Sunfish Pond & Mount Mohican (Hiking, New Jersey)
13. Cougar Mountain Regional Wildlands Park (Hiking, Washington)
14. Glacier Gorge (Hiking, Colorado)
15. Appalachian Trail: Clingmans Dome to Spence Field (Hiking, North Carolina)
16. Appalachian National Scenic Trail Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Pennsylvania Section (Hiking, Pennsylvania)
17. Bear Mountain Loop (Hiking, New York)
18. Havasu Canyon (Hiking, Arizona)
19. Appalachian Trail: Crampton Gap to Harpers Ferry (Hiking, Maryland)
20. Bear Mountain (Hiking, Connecticut)
Trails.com has a pretty cool feature where you can search for nearby trails based on longitude/latitude. Geocaching uses this feature for all its geocaches.