Needless to say, the most important part of the preparation for a long distance hike is walking. Walking on pavement, walking on sand, walking up stairs frontwards and backwards, walking on dirt, and most importantly: walking on rocks. The French Hill Trail in Del Norte County is one of the best trails for training. It is approximately 3 miles of incline. It takes me almost twice as long to climb it as it does to come down. If I walk from our home to the trailhead and back home it is a 8.2 mile walk.