v. To carry on an extramarital affair.
Governor Sanford can't meet with you today; he's "hiking the Appalachian Trail."
by SkidMarkyMark June 25, 2009
A poorly executed secret tryst - that isn't a secret to anyone.

It is a reference to the disappearance of South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford who "disappeared" for a week to Argentine on a romantic escapade. His staff and office told the news media that he was "hiking the Appalachian trail."
Dave needs to take a break from hiking the Appalachian trail with his secretary and get some work done!
by Walking Stick June 24, 2009
Going AWOL on your job to have a clandestine affair.
"Where has Joe been for the last three days? He didn't tell us that he'll be taking time off!"

"Uh... He's hiking the Appalachian Trail."

"Oh. In that case, where's the pink slip?"
by L-R- July 16, 2009
Fucking your mistress.
"Hey, where did our governor go?"
"He told me he was hiking the appalachian trail..."
"Hope he takes protection."
by girlmain July 14, 2009
An unnecessarily bizarre and implausible cover story for marital infidelity.
I'm sorry, Carol, I can't go to your mother-in-law's Tupperware party this evening. I'm hiking the Appalachian Trail with that new secretary from the office... in Argentina.
by Abolish the Fed June 24, 2009
Spending time with your mistress.
"Where are you going, Governor?"
"I'll just be hiking the Appalachian Trail with Lupe for the next few days."
by hayes6 June 24, 2009
For a man to have vaginal sex with a woman who is not his wife. Can be used as a reference to a married man having an illicit sexual affair, and deceiving everyone about it by telling them he's doing something else.

"The Appalachian Trail" refers to the woman's vagina.

Mark Sanford, the Governor of South Carolina, flew to South America to see his mistress and told everyone, including his staff, that he 'would be gone for a few days hiking the Appalachian Trail.'
"Does Bob's wife know he's taking that hot secretary with him on his business trip? Looks to me like he's planning on hiking the Appalachian Trail."
by impulsiveone July 16, 2009
To have an affair with a woman/multiple women, preferably from Argentina. Email is the main form of communication, although in this case, an actual visit is needed.
Press: Where is Sanford?

Joel Sawyer, Sanford's spokesperson: Uhh...He's... Hiking the Appalachian Trail...Yeah, that's the ticket.
by kneenuh July 12, 2009

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