Nah. Of course not. The trail is substantially easier for younger hikers. The older you get, the harder it is to maintain your strength and endurance. That’s why you don’t see 60-year-old professional sports players. And that’s why you don’t see many thru-hikers over the age of 60.
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy estimates about 700 people in their 60s have completed a thru-hike. Only 50 people in their 70s have completed one.
Most younger hikers make this walk look effortless, but I know it’s not. It’s difficult for all of us.
Older hikers just have to work a little harder.