Jan 30, 2011 at 10:38 am #1268426
@lschrockLocale: The plain states
just curious about what everyone's favorite loop trail is. Trying to decide on a sub-7 day summer hike.Jan 30, 2011 at 12:30 pm #1690154
@retiredjerryLocale: Oregon and Washington
Trail around Three Sisters in central Oregon
about 45 miles and maybe 6000 feet elevation gain
no difficult stream crossings or anything
if you go there this September you might see meJan 30, 2011 at 1:26 pm #1690176
@saparisorLocale: Pacific Northwest
One of my favorites loops (more like a lollipop in shape) is in Olympic NP. From the town of Brinnon (on Hood Canal/east side of the park):
Follow the West Fork of the Dosewallips River up to Honeymoon Meadows, over La Crosse Pass, follow the Duckabush River up to Marmot and Hart Lake, over O'Neill Pass, over Anderson Pass and back.
This was a 5 night trip (4 nights backcountry, one at a campground b/c we got there in the late afternoon). On a map of the park, this loop looks laughably small but really shows how BIG the place is.
This is a nice loop for those in Seattle or Portland b/c of the east-side start/finish. Getting around to the Hoh Forest side takes a long time.Jan 30, 2011 at 2:49 pm #1690214
Tahoe Rim Trail – 168 miles. Easy logistics, resupply options, nice scenery. I could probably come up with a better one in the Sierras but you didn't say how many miles you're able/willing to do.Jan 30, 2011 at 5:43 pm #1690299
Four Pass Loop in Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.Jan 30, 2011 at 5:58 pm #1690305
Probably a loop around/thru the entire Sawtooths starting and ending at Redfish LakeJan 30, 2011 at 7:16 pm #1690331
@davecLocale: Crown of the Continent
Highline-Stoney Indian-Ptarmigan-Swiftcurrent in GNP.Jan 31, 2011 at 11:27 am #1690543
Rae Lakes loop in Kings Canyon NP is quite nice.Jan 31, 2011 at 11:41 am #1690547
@halfturboLocale: Northernish California
Wonderland Trail around Mt. Rainier? Hard to beat for spectacular and varied scenery. Not terribly "remote" in the sense of getting away from other hikers/campers, though.
RickJan 31, 2011 at 12:00 pm #1690555
@tuskaderoLocale: Washington State
There are a ton of great loops in the Pasayten Wilderness of Washington. The area is vast and many trails link up. Choose your own adventure!Jan 31, 2011 at 6:32 pm #1690734
@foundLocale: Sacramento, CA
I'm totally not answering this.Feb 1, 2011 at 5:54 am #1690867
@richardglyonLocale: Bridger Mountains
Hellroaring Trailhead in Yellowstone NP, up Coyote Creek Trail to the stock bridge in Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, back along Hellroaring Creek.Feb 1, 2011 at 6:20 am #1690875
@cooldripLocale: "Grand Canyon of the East"
I'm with Jack, no way I can answer this. It's like trying to name my favorite craft beer; I just start going around in circles in my head and end very confused and none the wiser.
It's raining here, so I'm going to spend the afternoon drinking micros and looking through old journals and photos. Maybe I'll have an answer later; I think however I'll probably just be intoxicated. ;)Feb 1, 2011 at 6:29 am #1690880
@funnymoLocale: Sunshine State
I think Jack's going another direction!Feb 1, 2011 at 10:13 am #1690952
@ewolinLocale: Hampton Roads, Virginia
Wonderland Trail, hand's down. The incredible scenery overwhelmes the minor disadvantages, e.g. too many people on certain sections, esp. on weekends.
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