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No part of the 2,174-mile footpath along ridge crests and across major valleys of the Appalachian Mountains from Katahdin in Maine to Springer Mountain in northern Georgia will disappoint. No one has completed the entire trail in the winter, except maybe one man. Marked by iconic white blazes, the trail attracts 2 million hikers annually, including about 2,000 would-be thru-hikers, according to theĀ Appalachian Trail Conservancy.