View Full Version : extensive loop trail hike this winter

09-04-2013, 17:27
Hello friends and fellow backpackers I am looking for a good long loop trail that I would be able to hike this winter. Please let me know if you have any ideas.

kayak karl
09-04-2013, 17:30
how long is good long? (Trail miles)

09-04-2013, 18:42
and what geographic area?

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09-05-2013, 09:36
Somewhere in the southeast or california and was thinking 2-300 miles.

09-05-2013, 15:28
Somewhere in the southeast or california and was thinking 2-300 miles.

Joshua Tree National Park. A page of maps to get you started with your own research...

Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Rain & snow are always a possibility, depending on elevation. A circumnavigation of the park is an option.

You could hike the first 300 miles of the PCT.

An out and back trip, call it a compressed loop, is also a possibility. Given all the variables (time of day, weather, changing viewpoints), you will see things differently on each half of the trip.
Self-directed, independent research will yield the most rewarding results. You will actually Hike YOUR Own Hike!
Good luck.


09-05-2013, 17:51
Doesn't the Foothills Trail have connectors to the AT? Seems like you could form some sort of big loop that way

09-05-2013, 18:51
If you look at the G.S.M.N.P. map that I linked to above, the B.M.T. & the AT meet at the SW and NE ends of the park. There are short connecting trails between the two longer trails to tailor the total distance.