If you could backpack anywhere in the US... Where would you?

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If you could backpack anywhere in the US... Where would you?

Postby godsnthemtns » Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:49 pm

If you could back pack anywhere in the US for a week where and what would you do?
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Re: If you could backpack anywhere in the US... Where would

Postby Matt Lemke » Wed Apr 18, 2012 10:05 pm

Ptarmigan Traverse in the N Cascades
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Postby RoanMtnMan » Wed Apr 18, 2012 11:01 pm

More info on your preferences would help. My wife and I would recommend the Kalalau Trail on Kauai. But it ain't exactly roughing it, bring rum and very little clothing. In CO, Glacier Gorge has to be up there. Havasu Trail in the desert. The Teton Loop in WY. Buff River in Arkansas. May Lake loop in Yosemite, if you are fortunate enough to ever get a permit. Presidential traverse in the northeast. And anywhere on the AT in the South, especially the North Carolina sections.

Edit: I would expect the ptarmigan ridge traverse is incredible, but there may be a snow issue for a while, they actually got some up there this year, in fact more than any range in the lower 48.
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Re: If you could backpack anywhere in the US... Where would

Postby climbing_rob » Thu Apr 19, 2012 4:25 am

The southern half of the John Muir Trail from Bishop CA to the top of Mt. Whitney (then down to Whitney Portal t/h). About 100 miles. Most beautiful trail in the USA, hands down.
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Postby Brian C » Thu Apr 19, 2012 6:16 am

It'd be a tossup. Wander the Maze District in Canyonlands or the West Coast Trail in BC (not the US I know). Probably the West Coast Trail.
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Postby ChrisG » Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:08 am

1. I would like to hike the continental divide (the actual divide where possible, not the CDT) from TWO OCEAN CREEK (located in WY, south of Yellowstone & whose waters flow to BOTH the Pacific & Atlantic Oceans) around the Cub Creek Plateau to Togwotee Pass, then continue on to Lake Of The Woods, which looks like it is in its own basin (accd. to USGS topos) & finally to THREE WATERS MOUNTAIN, whose waters flow to the Columbia, Colorado & Mississippi Rivers;

2. I would love to climb TRIPLE DIVIDE PEAK, which is in Glacier Nat'l Park, MT, from the WEST. When I was a kid I was able to climb up to Triple Divide PASS from the east, but unable to summit due to its sheer 1,000' rock face above the Pass. But coming from the west looks a lot easier, & could make a circle back to camp;

3. I want to hike "The Bob" (the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area. MT) so I can see the CHINESE WALL for myself;

4. Being a proud Arkansawyer, I want to climb MT. ARKANSAS, Colorado. I live about 130 miles from where the Arkansas River empties into the Mississippi, so I would also love to see the upper end of my River where it is in its infant stages. Speaking of Colorado, I want to climb HEADWATERS HILL, too.
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Re: If you could backpack anywhere in the US... Where would

Postby SuperiorTrailHiker » Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:15 am

The Superior Trail would be a favorite even if it wasn't near by, but I'd really like to hop on the John Muir. I'd also like to both climb Rainier and go around it on the Wonderland.
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Re: If you could backpack anywhere in the US... Where would

Postby SurfNTurf » Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:26 am

Excuse my Colorado bias here, but I'd forgo traveling halfway across the country and simply spend a week wandering in the Weminuche Wilderness. I've yet to see anywhere as heart-achingly beautiful. You could throw in any number of mountains, but even the nonsummit hikes are breathtaking. Anyone who spends a day in Silverton owes it to themselves to do the Highland Mary Lakes Loop.
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Re: If you could backpack anywhere in the US... Where would

Postby lordhelmut » Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:31 am

climbing_rob wrote:The southern half of the John Muir Trail from Bishop CA to the top of Mt. Whitney (then down to Whitney Portal t/h). About 100 miles. Most beautiful trail in the USA, hands down.


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Re: If you could backpack anywhere in the US... Where would

Postby Collaborator » Thu Apr 19, 2012 8:25 am

Not my first choice but I need to get away from NYC for th weekend. Can anyone suggest a good weekend backpacking trip (8-12) miles within 2-3 hours of the city. I moved here from CO last year and need to find some nice weekend backing get aways.
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Re: If you could backpack anywhere in the US... Where would

Postby TravelingMatt » Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:23 pm

Glacier NP.

(That's a response to the OP, not the post above mine. Hard to get from NYC to Montana in under 3 hours.)
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Re: If you could backpack anywhere in the US... Where would

Postby jrbren_vt » Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:41 pm

I agree for me it would be the John Muir Trail. It is very beautiful; however, way too much competition for me to use the term "hands down". My hand is sure up for several regions, North Cascades, Olympics, Wonderland Trail at Mt Rainier NP, Maine (AT), San Juan and/or Elks Region of CO. But no other place has the combined beauty and high probably of good weather in the summer time. I would not try to hike 100 miles in a week. Way to many side trips on the JMT would need to be passed up. Last summer some friends of mine did the whole thing north to south. I joined them for the last week from Onion Valley to Whitney Portal (I was also their supply restock agent). This was about 50 miles. We took a day off to fly fish and relax, another to do a side trip to Tawney point. There are many 13ers and some 14ers to attempt as side trips as well. If I had another week to back pack I would pick another quarter of the trail that I have not hiked yet. The whole thing takes about a month on average. Obviously you can push the pace and do it in less (I wouldn't), or take as long as you want. I don't really even care which quarter. Yosemite is obviously the most famous. But my friends raved about (I think) Evolution Basin as being among their favorite spots. I would like to go back and try Mt Tyndall some day.

I have never been to Alaska, that's probably a whole nuther can o worms.
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