I saw an article about the Long Trail, a 272-mile trail through the Green Mountain range in Vermont, USA. It's famous for being the oldest hiking trail in the United States, having been built between 1910 and 1930.
According to the Green Mountain Club, which is referred to as the organization which has protected and maintained it since the beginning:
The Long Trail follows the main ridge of the Green Mountains from the Massachusetts-Vermont line to the Canadian border as it crosses Vermont’s highest peaks. It was the inspiration for the Appalachian Trail, which coincides with the Long Trail for 100 miles in the southern third of the state.
Built by the Green Mountain Club between 1910 and 1930, the Long Trail is the oldest long-distance hiking trail in the United States. (Emphasis mine.)
A different souce lists it as the same number of miles, and the same area. However, it calls it a "hiking path" in Vermont, then the oldest long-distance "backpacking trail" in the United States. (Emphasis mine.)
The Long Trail is a 272-mile long-distance hiking path in Vermont, which runs the length of the state. It is the oldest long-distance backpacking trail in the United States, finished in 1930 by the Green Mountain Club. (Emphasis mine.)
Since that source made a distinction between types of trails, I'm curious what that means.
Unless I'm mistaken, hiking path and hiking trail are pretty much the same. What interests me is why one source would also call it a backpacking trail .
In this instance, does backpacking trail mean something different from hiking trail? If so, what's the difference?
Is it just a matter of semantics?