Hiking for the month of June - where to go?
February 15, 2011 8:07 AM Subscribe
I'm looking for some assistance in planning a month-long hike in June of this year.
posted by jpziller to Travel & Transportation (9 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I've decided against heading to Cuba (I asked about it in a previous question) because of my status as a US resident, but I still want to get away. I've arranged with work to take the month of June off, and I'm starting to plan a 3+week wilderness hike. What I'd like is some help deciding where to go.
- Assume that I can go anywhere in the lower 48, or in Canada.
- I would like the trip to take somewhere in the neighbourhood of 20-30 days, averaging 10mi/day.
- Natural beauty is important, but so is a degree of solitude. I would love to be able to spend a couple of days at a time without seeing others, though I don't want to be alone for the whole 20-30 days.
- I would like to avoid Black Flies as much as possible. Mosquitos are tolerable, though I'd prefer not to be moving in a swarm of them all day every day.
- I'd like to be able to resupply at least every 4-6 days, ideally with the option of staying in a hotel/motel every week or so.
- I am a competent hiker, but I'm not 'extreme'. The Big Bend South Rim, with a climb of 2000' in a day, was fairly strenuous for me, and I'd prefer to do something like that not much more than once a week. I'm amenable to harder days than this, but it's nearing on my limit.
Background information :
- I'm comfortable spending time in the wilderness, and have done both 14- and 10-day canoe/portage trips in the Northern Ontario backcountry, as well as assorted shorter trips.
- I've been spending time hiking lately, having done the Big Bend South Rim over the Christmas holidays, and I'm comfortable doing 7-10mi hikes in a day in and around Austin, where I currently live.
- I plan to have a wilderness first aid course under my belt by the time of the trip.