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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!
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?