5 Must-Do Backpacking Trips
It’s never too soon to start dreaming about the return of backpacking and hiking season. (Of course, this is desert season, so check out these great trip ideas.) Start working on your bucket list for next season with these 5 Must-Do Backpacking Trips!
Continental Divide Loop in Rocky Mountain National Park – Colorado
Photo by ricketyus
Three Sisters Loop – Oregon
Photo courtesy of Martin Konopacki
This 50-mile loop takes in all Three Sisters volcanoes in what makes up some of Oregon’s most spectacular scenery. Cross pumice stone fields, amble through wildflower meadows, camp beside clear mountain lakes, and wander through dense pine forests.
The Escarpment Trail – New York State
Though it’s only 23-miles long, this 2-3 day hike takes in some big views. With views of the Hudson River, Adirondacks, and the Shawangunks, you might want to spend four days in this beautiful countryside.
Outer Mountain Loop in Big Bend National Park – Texas
Photo courtesy of the National Park Service
Sure, Texas might not be the first state that comes to mind when you’re planning your next backpacking trip, but Big Bend National Park has some of the most spectacular scenery in the United States. Situated in far West Texas, Big Bend National Park is comprised of a ecologically and geologically diverse area of the Chihuahuan Desert. The 30-mile Outer Mountain Loop is a strenuous hike, but well worth the views are well worth the effort.
Grafton Loop – Maine
Summit nine different peaks in the rugged Mahoosuc Mountains of Maine. This 38.6-mile trail connects briefly with the Applachian Trail and crosses both public and private land. Be prepared for some serious climbing as this trail is for experienced backpackers only.
As with any backpacking or day-hiking trip, be sure to take good care of your feet. Pack your eNZees Foot Soother to prevent blisters and hot-spots as they occur.