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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. 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. 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. Angels Landing - One of the most popular hikes in the park is also one of its most challenging.

There are literally hundreds of different intersecting trails in Zion, so be sure to check out the following links for more information about hiking in Zion: Grand Canyon Backcountry Hiking. 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 | Modern Hiker. 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. 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.

These are some of our favorite shaded trails. Solstice Canyon Franklin Canyon Reservoir Loop Murphy Ranch Palomar Mountain Big Laguna Trail Malibu Creek Santa Anita Canyon Mount Baldy. Best Backpacking Menu. Avoid the Junk food rut with a two person, seven day 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. Every Other Day for Three Days, Breakfast Breakfast Two cups of hot cocoa or coffee; two cups dried pears, apples, and apricots; Two cups oatmeal; one tablespoon brown sugar. Hot Cocoa Every Other Day for Three Days, Breakfast Again Bagels Lunch, Last Two Days Chili. 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.

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. Now for some dinners. I may have gone a little crazy with this stuff, but did I mention that I absolutely love it? ...4 huge cans of crushed tomatoes... ...8 white onions, finely chopped... ...all in two giant pots with lots of garlic, basil, black pepper, and whatever else you love! Then into the dehydrator on parchment paper. I found the sauce finishes drying better if you remove it from the parchment paper and place it directly onto the drying rack. That's it for the hard stuff, the rest I will buy and repackage. 5 Unexpected Skills Needed on an Ultra-Backpacking Adventure. Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Tony DiLorenzo from Fit Marriage.

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. This is back-to-basics, rugged living at its finest. 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. Freshen up before you step out near the road. 2. 3. ULTRALIGHT BACKPACKING GEAR LIST. BACKPACKING GEAR CHECKLIST. Outside Backpacking Instructables. That super old skatepark deep in the Sierras.

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