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Hiking plans 2021

    • Hiking plans 2021

      Kathy and I are starting to formulate a plan for next year. Right now we think that first we'll hike from the Delaware River bridge to the Bear Mountain bridge. That's 110 miles. Then we'll spend a night at the Bear Mountzin Inn so we can get cleaned up. Next we'd drive to Maine and camp in Baxter State Park a few nights so we can hike Katadyn. Then we'll go to New Hampshire so I can hike Wildcat D. Then we just have to make the drive home. We haven't picked any dates yet but soon so we'll be ready to make reservations.
    • Planning to go Pinkham Notch to Grafton Notch and then Monson to Katahdin (although would conslider SOBO on the last part if meeting anyone at certain date to do Katahdin together). Shoot, as much as I jumped around in 2019, I could even start at Katahdin first, go SOBO to Monson, then go down and knock out between the Notches.

      If body is holding up would then swing over and do Collegiate Loop (Colorado Trail). After the first 167 miles I should have my "hiking legs" and just need to deal with elevation gain on the last 153 miles.

      Current plan is to start early July (~6th). But if unable to work out an 8 week summer class ($), then might go ahead and start in June. Probably still a few months away from making that decision. Obviously earlier start leaves more buffer if any minor injuries along the way.
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • Astro,

      It's all good, but I think nothing would beat a finish at Katahdin.
      The mosquitos and black flies in the Maine woods in June can be epically brutal. I would go with July if you can.
      “Of all sad words of tongue or pen,
      the saddest are these, 'It might have been.”


      John Greenleaf Whittier
    • IMScotty wrote:

      Astro,

      It's all good, but I think nothing would beat a finish at Katahdin.
      The mosquitos and black flies in the Maine woods in June can be epically brutal. I would go with July if you can.
      I have heard black flies in by Mothers Day and out by Fathers Day. :)
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • Well I had to cancel my planned PCT section hike from Agua Dulce in 2020. Now that area has burnt and the trail is closed :( I will have to see what conditions look like in the Spring before I make any plans.
      “Of all sad words of tongue or pen,
      the saddest are these, 'It might have been.”


      John Greenleaf Whittier
    • IMScotty wrote:

      Well I had to cancel my planned PCT section hike from Agua Dulce in 2020. Now that area has burnt and the trail is closed :( I will have to see what conditions look like in the Spring before I make any plans.
      First, sorry that you were so negatively impacted. :(

      After listening to so many podcast from people who had hiked the PCT and CDT I started planning (dreaming) about doing the Triple Crown, even if with just with 2 to 3 month LASHes each summer. But then after thinking about snow, fires, desert, and grizzly bears, I think I will just focus long term on doing a thru hike of the AT and the Triple Crown Jewels (Long Trail, Colorado Trail and John Muir Trail). :)
      The road to glory cannot be followed with much baggage.
      Richard Ewell, CSA General
    • Astro wrote:

      ,.. I think I will just focus long term on doing a thru hike of the AT and the Triple Crown Jewels (Long Trail, Colorado Trail and John Muir Trail). :)
      I have also reading about the Sierra, focusing on SEKI, rather than the JMT. Read an interesting article on how a big loop starting and stopping at Road's End in Kings Canyon has a lot of advantages over the JMT - much less crowded, easier to get a permit, more scenic, easier logistics. One person did it as a figure 8 hike (two loops) so he could resupply out of his car halfway through. Of course this is all based on what I read. Haven't done it yet. Another place in SEKI that looks interesting is Tehipite (rhymes with Yosemite) Valley. It's really hard to get to and thus very quiet. One trip report said imagine Yosemite Valley with no people or Hetch Hetchy but not under water. Sounds amazing.
    • Sierra and SEKI are full of awesome places with minimal traffic.

      But that's a double-edged sword. Often the trails are on Rocky ground that's durable..... And low traffic trails can disappear in places. One of complaints of some people are reaching top of a pass on a SEKI route......and spending an hour searching for trail down because it was obscure.

      The best part of JMT is SEKI, but it's more than that. It's a cross-section of the Sierra from Yosemite to seki and it changes dramatically along way, and you get to experience that change. From yosemites waterfalls....to the green meadows and high peaks of the middle section.... To the above tree line dramatic landscapes in SEKI.