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10 of the Best Places to Hike in the United States. The United States is a huge country with tons of variety, so there’s no shortage of awesome places to lace up the boots, get that blood pumping, and take in some amazing views.

10 of the Best Places to Hike in the United States

Want to add US hikes to your trip itinerary? If you’ve been stuck indoors much of the winter and spring, here are ten great places around the country to get out and hike. Zion National Park – Utah With a wide variety of options and a multitude of landscapes, Zion National Park in Utah is a hiker’s and climber’s paradise. The park is very well organized, there’s a shuttle system that passes many of the trailheads, and there’s plenty of backpacking options for those looking for a more serious overnight adventure.

Popular hikes in Zion There are a lot of challenging trails in Zion, and it’s imperative to be aware of weather and time of year, particularly when it comes to hiking in the canyon, as flash floods can happen at any time. >> Read about the best US cities for National Parks lovers. Grand Canyon. 25 Best Hikes in the World to Put on Your Bucket List » Local Adventurer >> Las Vegas Travel Blog. 15 Best Hot Weather Hikes in Southern California. In our previous post – 9 Rules for Hot Weather Hiking – we told you all of our favorite tips for still getting outside in Southern California during miserable late summer heat waves.

15 Best Hot Weather Hikes in Southern California

But – as with most hiking experiences – your choice of trail has the biggest impact on your hiking experience. If you’re up for hiking in the heat, we recommend you take three things into consideration – Shade, Water, and Elevation. Here are what we think are the 15 Best Summer Hikes in Southern California. By far the easiest way to make sure you keep a sensible temperature is to pick a trail that isn’t in direct sunlight. While most of the trails near the major population centers of Southern California are in the shade-poor coastal scrub or chaparral regions, it is, indeed, still possible to find shade without having to drive too far.

Solstice Canyon Franklin Canyon Reservoir Loop An easy 1.4 mile stroll around the reservoir, this loop has lots of trees – along with plenty of birds and other wildlife. Related. Best Backpacking Menu. Avoid the Junk food rut with a two person, seven day Backpacking Menu!

Best Backpacking Menu

Backpacking! Chicken Curry over Brown Rice, First Day Backpacking Menu Dinner Chicken Curry Over Brown Rice Ingredients: one cup tropical fruit trail mix, 1/4 package Golden Curry Sauce, 1/2 tablespoon clarified butter or margarine or 2 tablespoons olive oil, one cup instant brown rice, crushed 1/2 tablespoon chopped crystallized ginger, one cube chicken boullion, 1/4 cup freeze dried peas, one tablespoon onion flakes, 1/3 cup sliced dried mushrooms, and one seven ounce foil pouch of chicken in water. Tropical Fruit Trail Mix Prep: Put peas, onion flakes, and mushrooms together. Cook: To rehydrate for 10 minutes, place mushroom mix with hot water in a bowl and cover. Mountain UltraLight: Make Your Own Backpacking Meals!

My 14 day John Muir Trail thru-hike with my son is just a few weeks away, so I've been busy preparing 28 days worth of backpacking food for us.

Mountain UltraLight: Make Your Own Backpacking Meals!

Making your own is not that difficult, less expensive, and much lighter than buying those individually packaged meals. Are you up for the task? A healthy hot breakfast is pretty easy. My favorite is couscous, dry milk, dried cranberries, chopped almonds and cashews. 15 1/2 ounces yields 2,240 calories, or seven 320 calorie breakfasts. Add some variety by replacing the couscous with rolled oats, which is a bit heavier but also very nutritious. 5 Unexpected Skills Needed on an Ultra-Backpacking Adventure. Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Tony DiLorenzo from Fit Marriage.

5 Unexpected Skills Needed on an Ultra-Backpacking Adventure

From the Mexican border to the vast expanse of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range to snow-capped Mt. Rainer and beyond, there is truly nothing like leaving everything behind to hike the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Each year, around 300 brave souls attempt to “thru hike” the entire 2,650-mile trek, experiencing six of the seven North American ecozones in the process. As I experienced firsthand, adventure awaits along every step of the PCT, as you wake to the sun and lay your head to rest at dusk at the end of each demanding day. Over the course of 4-6 months, everyday life revolves around your forward progress along the trail. There are some obvious abilities that must be mastered before setting forth on an ultra-backpacking adventure, such as carrying a heavy load on your back, way-finding, and fire starting. 1. It is common when hiking a long trail to have to hitchhike into towns to resupply. 2. 3. 4.

ULTRALIGHT BACKPACKING GEAR LIST. BACKPACKING GEAR CHECKLIST. Outside Backpacking Instructables. That super old skatepark deep in the Sierras.

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Pacific Crest Trail. Tahoe. Hitch Hiking.