Trip Planning

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.

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

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

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