- Jul 16, 2019 at 2:12 pm #3602130Justin LafranceBPL Member
@argonLocale: Canadian Rockies
Earlier this year I hiked the Te Araroa in New Zealand and loved it. I’m looking for another warm-weather thru-hike to do this coming winter (Dec-Feb). Any suggestions? Any length is fine and it can be in the US or international.Jul 16, 2019 at 4:00 pm #3602147Bruce TolleyBPL Member
@btolleyLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
Justin, Rex Sanders and other BPLers have hiked long routes in the California coastal range which could be winter hikes. Usually they post a link here to their own web site. They might not be long enough for your thru hike.
CheersJul 17, 2019 at 7:09 pm #3602314Five StarBPL Member
@mammomanLocale: NE AL
The Florida Trail is perfect for that time frame.Jul 18, 2019 at 3:47 am #3602395
I’ve hiked a few ~100-mile loops and other adventures in coastal California – not really “thru-hikes” by most common definitions.
Other longer trips worth considering, depending on your tolerance for road walking or thrashing through chaparral on unmaintained trails, include:
California Coastal Trail: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Coastal_Trail
Amy & Jim’s “Doing Miles” web site is worth exploring for other trips in the San Francisco Bay area: http://doingmiles.com
The Condor Trail reportedly has been thru-hiked / bushwhacked only once: http://www.condortrail.com
Less challenging are a couple of the trips I’ve done –
100-mile loop in the Santa Cruz Mountains: https://tinyurl.com/100mileloop
100-mile loop in Marin County: https://backpackinglight.com/forums/topic/90733/
Hope this helps.
— RexJul 18, 2019 at 12:20 pm #3602420Geoff CaplanBPL Member
@geoffcaplanLocale: Dartmoor, Devon
The South West Coast Path in the UK would be doable in winter, though this wouldn’t be the normal season – it could be quite wet and windy, but you’re unlikely to see much snow. You’d certainly avoid the crowds – I’ve only met a couple of people who did it in winter.
At around 640 miles it generally takes 6 weeks or so. It’s pretty tough going with steep switchback ascents and descents – something like the AT in terms of effort.
Not a remote trail, but it does offer some wonderful cliff scenery and plenty of picturesque villages with excellent food. There should be a fair bit of accommodation available, even in winter, but you could wild camp most of it if you prefer.
You have to cross a number of estuaries, and some of the ferries don’t run in winter which would involve some detours and road walking, but it’s doable.
I’m on this trail many times a week summer and winter and always enjoy it. I’ve met hikers from around the world who also rated it highly – it’s one of the best of its type.
If you’d like more information, just PM me…Jul 18, 2019 at 1:45 pm #3602434MattBPL Member
@mhrLocale: San Juan Mtns.
I second for the Florida Trail! Great, unique experience.Jul 18, 2019 at 4:20 pm #3602475David ThomasBPL Member
@davidinkenaiLocale: North Woods. Far North.
Camino de Santiago has some winter route options. Camino Portugues and Camino Frances are pretty mild (although wetter) in winter. I’d much prefer them then to peak season in the summer.Jul 19, 2019 at 12:15 am #3602523Roger CaffinModerator
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
He he he – HRP in winter time …
(A caution: almost all the Refuges in the Pyrenees are shut outside the summer season.)
PS: not a serious suggestion!Jul 28, 2019 at 4:08 am #3603795Eric BlumensaadtBPL Member
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
Forget the canoe. Ski or snowshoe the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) in February. Forget most of the portage trails and ski the frozen lakes.
BE someone! “Do it in the snow!”Aug 21, 2019 at 7:59 pm #3607065Ben FBPL Member
Rex, the loops you’ve created in Marin and the Santa Cruz Mountains look fantastic, would it be possible for you to share the GPX files for those trips. Thank you!Aug 23, 2019 at 3:47 am #3607252
Here’s the Marin GPX file. It has some big gaps due to user error and a dying battery:
That file could disappear when I need the space for other projects.
Don’t have GPX for the Santa Cruz Mountains loop, wasn’t carrying GPS. And the loop can’t be hiked due to closure of the Basin Easement Trail “until the end of the summer in 2019” (or maybe longer). Any re-route would involve a lot of road walking or backtracking.
— RexNov 30, 2019 at 5:25 am #3620899
I’ve fixed permissions on that GPX file, and you should be able to download it now. Not sure what happened, worked OK in August.
The Basin Easement trail is now closed “until the end of November, 2019.” Check the Santa Cruz Mountains Backcountry Trail Camps page for the latest information. Those mountains just got their first good rainstorm in more than 6 months, with more on the way. Yay!
— RexJan 13, 2020 at 3:08 pm #3626903Diane “Piper” SoiniBPL Member
@sbhikesLocale: Santa Barbara
Condor Trail. Contact Bryan for the maps. There’s been a lot of work done to some of these trails. It’s better than it used to be. It’s hard to do the resupplies so contact Bryan from the website because you’ll need info for how to do resupplies and you’ll need the KML files. The links are not working on his website (if you’re web savvy you can figure them out, though.) https://condortrail.com
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