I love to plan trips. I would even do it for other people if I could. Thankfully, Jon doesn’t mind that I am planning our vacations for the next 2+ years.
Las Vegas – we’re in Vegas at least once a year, and there’s tons to do off the strip!
- Red Rock Canyon National Conservancy, about 35 minutes from Las Vegas
- Kraft Mountain Loop, 4 miles, Hard
- Turtlehead Peak Trail, 4.6 miles, Hard
- White Rock Loop, 6.3 miles, Moderate. Desert and green trees
- Las Vegas Overlook, 6.3 miles, popular
- Valley of Fire, about 90 minutes from Vegas
- Atlatl Rock
- Fire Canyon
- 6.7 mile Charlie’s Loop
- 7.9 mile Prospect Trail
- Mount Charleston; 12,000′ elevation
- Mary Jane Falls; shorter, waterfalls and caves
- Big Falls, 100′ waterfall
- Lovell Canyon Trail near Rainbow Mountain. About 5.5 miles, easy to moderate
- Resource: http://localemagazine.com/las-vegas-hikes/
Rae Lakes Loop, Sequoia/Kings Canyon N.P.
- 38 to 41.5 miles. Typically takes 4-5 days (5 if you take a zero)
- Mid/Late July or later. Earlier may mean difficulties crossing streams
- Reservations required; submit via email starting March 1.
- Counter-Clockwise is more strenuous than clockwise
- Check out: Gardiner Basin is right there, just west of 60 Lakes Basin and would make a very nice 1-2 day addition to the loop or, perhaps even better, a return leg with an exit down Charlotte Creek which pops you out on the Bubbs Creek Trail 6 or so miles from TH. It’s a beautiful area and far less crowded(or was when I was there), one of those oft-overlooked little gems.
High Sierra Trail
- Detailed route description: https://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/high-sierra-trail.htm
- 72 miles, includes Mt. Whitney summit
- 6-10 days; point to point trail
- Go: July – September
- Includes good info about transportation: https://socalhiker.net/overview-of-the-high-sierra-trail/
Wonderland Trail, Mt. Rainier N.P., WA
- 95 miles
- Mid-July to late September
- Permits are difficult to secure. https://www.nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/wilderness-permit.htm
- Apply between March 15 – 31 and begin processing randomly on April 1. It takes up to 6 weeks to get a response.
- 30% of permits are available on first come, first served basis. Available up to one day before your trip starts (or same day).
Backbone Trail, Santa Monica – dogs allowed on sections
- 68 miles
- Camping is limited; day hiking recommended
Skyline to the Sea Trail, Santa Cruz
- 25 miles, point to point
Good inspiration list: http://www.7×7.com/the-13-best-places-to-backpack-in-northern-california-1834660586.html