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Ask Me: What Are Your Top Picks For Long Backpacking Trips?

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Hi Michael,

I usually take a solo trip the first week of my summer vacation. I’m an elementary-school teacher, and I’ve done a ton of multi-day backpacking and lots of long-distance trails. It can be tricky as it’s the second week of June and there is usually too much snow to attempt certain trails. I’m looking for a loop, out and back, or shuttle that allows me about 20 miles a day for about five days. I looked long and hard at the Mah Dah Hey Trail in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, but the 22-hour drive each way is a bit daunting.

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4 Responses to Ask Me: What Are Your Top Picks For Long Backpacking Trips?

  1. Michael   |  April 21, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    How about starting at one of the trailheads near Mammoth Lakes and hiking to Bishop Pass? Based on the reports I’m seeing that should be doable in June this year. It’s just under 100 miles (depending on which trailhead you start from) and should provide some mighty nice scenery. It was my back up plan for this year if I didn’t get a JMT permit. You will need to hitch a ride from Parchers Meadow Resort to Bishop, but you can then catch the Crest bus back up to Mammoth. Just check the Crest bus schedule and plan accordingly, as it doesn’t run 7 days per week.

    • michaellanza   |  April 21, 2015 at 6:31 pm

      Great suggestion, Michael, thanks!

  2. Paul   |  April 21, 2015 at 6:28 am

    Adam, Last year I was in a similar situation to you in that I wanted to hike in the mountains of Yosemite in early June (3rd – 10th). We ended up settling on a straightforward point to point from Tuolumne to Yosemite valley via Cathedral Lakes, Clouds Rest, Half dome side trip, and down the Mist trail. The only snow we encountered was very minimal on the ascent exiting Sunrise HSC. We also dayhiked around Glacier Point and the Mount Whitney Portal and found those snow free as well. Shuttling around Yosemite seemed straightforward, and there were a number of options, including a YARTS bus that travels between the Valley and TM. Good Luck! Great trips listed above, I’m jealous!

    • michaellanza   |  April 21, 2015 at 7:06 am

      Thanks for sharing that, Paul. I think last year had low snowpack, too, but this year is even lower, so Adam should have plenty of possibilities in the Sierra.

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