….And Give Strength To Body and Soul Alike.

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A few weeks ago, I did a post on the backpacking trails I would most love to do and I promised you all a Part II.  Well, it’s time!  Here is a few more trails in North America that are on my list.  I hope I can mark some of them off sooner rather than later.  By the way, how beautiful is that John Muir quote?  You guys may already be able to tell that John Muir is a hero of mine so expect to see him pop up quite a bit around here.

So we begin at #4 where we left off.  Enjoy!

4. Colorado Trail

The Colorado is an almost 500 mile trail that runs from Denver to the town of Durango is southern Colorado.  John and I have narrowed our Summer 2014 hike down to the John Muir Trail and this one.  Obviously, any Colorado-based trail is going to be high on my list, but this trail is especially appealing to me for various reasons.  First, it would mean three weeks in the wilds of the place I love most in the world.  Second, it would definitely be my most challenging hike to date, and, third, it ends in Durango which is one of my favorite places in Colorado.  That is due in no small part to this place.  Seriously, if you’re ever in Durango (or driving distance!) you must try it out!

We’re holding back from fully committing to this one for 2014 because I’m not kidding when I say it’s challenging.  We only have three weeks to complete the trail, and that would include our travel time to and from.  500 miles in three weeks would be difficult no matter where the trail is, but when you add in the altitude we would face on this one, it becomes even more serious.  We’ll probably have to commit to one trail or the other by May for planning purposes so we shall see!

5.  Pacific Northwest Trail

This trail is 1200 mile trek that starts at the Continental Divide in Montana and takes you to the Pacific Ocean in Washington State.  The trail goes through 3 National Parks, and involves several mountain ranges.  I have very little experience in the Northwest.  I was in Oregon once for a ski trip, but that’s the extent of it.  However, that one trip convinced me it’s a place I’d love to be.  It’s absolutely beautiful.  Not to mention that the trail starts in Glacier National Park which I can personally vouch for being one of the most awe-inspiring places I’ve ever seen.

6. New England National Scenic Trail

This trail excites me.  I’ve always dreamed of seeing New England.  I have this vision that the whole place will be nothing but towns like Stars Hollow (name that TV show!).  This trail is 215 miles, and runs through Connecticut and Massachusetts.  Most of the trail is made up of a few historic trails called Mattabesett, Metacomet, and Monadnock.  I know the scenery would be completely different than what I’m used to, and I hope I get to see it one day.  Uh oh, perhaps, I’ve just put another trail on the list of consideration for 2014….

7. Banff National Park

I know this one is technically a trail, but it’s a place that’s definitely high on the list of places to hike in.  John and I were lucky enough to visit Alberta this past summer, and it is breathtakingly beautiful.  We spent a few days in Waterton National Park, and I feel like I barely scratched the surface of what Canada has to offer.  Banff is another Canadian National Park located in Alberta in the Rocky Mountains.  We have some friends that have spent some time at Banff and they say it’s just amazing.  If the picture above is any indication, I’d say they’re right!

New England Trail

Pacific Crest Trail Association

Continental Divide Trail Society

The Complete Guide to the John Muir Trail

The Colorado Trail

Pacific Northwest Trail Association

I hope to do a trail list for Europe sometime in the future.  Hiking in the Alps sounds like something right up my alley :) Have a great evening!

Have any of you ever hiked these trails, or even part of them?  Do you recognize the TV show I’m talking about?

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20 thoughts on “….And Give Strength To Body and Soul Alike.

  1. Carrie

    I went to Vail and Boulder for a family vacation, and both cities–and all of Colorado, really–were incredibly beautiful. Like you wrote, the altitude is killer. I think at our hotel in Vail I tried to go for a run (on a treadmill), and I was completely winded after five minutes–yikes!

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    1. Natalie @ Free Range Human Post author

      It absolutely sneaks up on you! When I was little, I would get so sick the first day we were there. It was awful. How did you like Vail? John and I skied there 2 years ago and I loved it!

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      1. Carrie

        Vail was absolutely beautiful! We flew to Colorado and then drove down to see our cousins in New Mexico, so we didn’t stay long; I wish we could’ve, though–such an active area!

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        1. Natalie @ Free Range Human Post author

          Yeah, it definitely is. That’s one of the things I love most about the whole state-they totally embrace the outdoor lifestyle.

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  2. Chelsie @ Balance, Not Scale

    Is it okay if I add hiking a trail with you to my bucket list?? I would never hike alone and I don’t know anyone else who would be up for it — and the more I hear you speak of it, the more I really, REALLY want to give it a shot. :)
    Ps. You were on my mind a TONNE today!! I went on a trail run through a small sandpit/forest near my house, then did some yoga, and I’m watching/listening to a Harry Potter movie marathon right now … all of which I now totally associate with you!! Sending love! xo

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    1. Natalie @ Free Range Human Post author

      You are so great! I thought of you today too-I got the new J.K. Rowling book in the mail. Have you read it yet? I’m a little apprehensive because it’s so NOT Harry Potter, but I have to read it anyway! And, yes, you absolutely must put that on your bucket list and I can’t wait to make it happen :)

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    1. Natalie @ Free Range Human Post author

      Thank you! That’s really exciting. Jenny was great to work with, and she got it all done pretty fast. It’s definitely worth it :)

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  3. kelseyruns

    Gilmore Girls!! LOVE that show! :) The New England trail looks beautiful, but I just love New England! Having hiked in the White Mountains in New Hampshire I’ll say that there is no other beauty than New England! All of the trails look gorgeous though and I’m sure whatever trail you and John choose you’ll love!

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    1. Natalie @ Free Range Human Post author

      Go Kelsey! So excited you got the Gilmore reference! I’m dying to go to New England. Too many trips, too little time….

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    1. Natalie @ Free Range Human Post author

      You should! I love it. I sometimes find that I get stuck in the same old exercise rut, and having the opportunity to hike, even though I mostly do it for fun, is a great way to mix it up.

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  4. Jorie

    My boyfriend and I have been talking about an extended bike ride in New England, because we love that scenery so much. (And yes, being a “Gilmore Girls” fan in my formative years maaaay have helped!)

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    1. Natalie @ Free Range Human Post author

      :) Such a great show. I say I want to move to Stars Hollow all the time! A bike ride would be really fun! My husband and I have just gotten into biking recently and we love it so that would be right up our alley!

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  5. Sonia the Mexigarian

    LOL! For the Gilmore Girls reference! <3 that show. I am not an avid back packer and the last time I hiked was like 2 years ago. . . but I do love being outdoors. :) My little sister is the backpacker. She backpacks the Lost Coast here in California and did a trail up n the Sierra Nevadad's with her friends. I'm too much of a wuss to be out in the wild like that. a safe campground is as far as my brain will let me go.

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    1. Natalie @ Free Range Human Post author

      I’d love to backpack in California. There are several West Coast trails that sound interesting. Don’t sell yourself short-I’ve only been backpacking for about three years and, before, I was just like you! You never know 😉

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  6. aftertheivyleague

    Stars Hollow = Gilmore Girls.

    I’m from New England and live here now, I’ve hiked a few mountains in New Hampshire and Vermont, but never in Connecticut or Western Mass so I don’t think I’ve seen any of those trails. I’m sure they’d be gorgeous though, and it’s so funny to read that you’ve always dreamed of seeing New England! For me it’s just like, eh, nothing special. Although I do love it. There are a lot of quaint Stars Hollow-esque towns…but there’s also a TON of people in New England. It’s very densely populated, so it might not be exactly what you’d expect :)

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    1. Natalie @ Free Range Human Post author

      You know, now that you mention it, I do remember Virginia being like that, and I’m sure it’s comparable to New England. Maybe it would be a better place for me to just visit :)

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