Ever been hiking? It’s like camping but with a lot more blisters on your feet! The wonderful thing about going hiking is that you can finally test out those all-terrain hiking boots that have been sitting in the cupboard for so long! On the other hand, going hiking can teach you so much about yourself, and before I go 100% hippie, there was the story of the woman Cheryl Strayed who had never backpacked a day in her life and embarked on the Pacific Crest Trail, all 1,000 miles of it. From Southern California to the border of Oregon and Washington! She wrote a memoir about it, and it became the film “Wild.” But if you don’t have 4 to 6 months spare to hike the PCT, here are some shorter versions for you to try!
Located in California, its 210 miles stretches from Yosemite National Park to Mount Whitney in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, as a wilderness hike, it is one of the most pristine. It is a great way to view the country. It can take about 3 weeks to complete, and most hikers tackle it during the summer months. There aren’t any shelters, so be sure to pack a tent and all the camping gear you can physically carry. There is a stretch of 100-mile wilderness in the south where there are no places to stock up on food and water, so make sure you plan your meals down to the last morsel to keep your energy up. You will likely need at least 10 days’ worth of food.
Running at 272 miles, it is the oldest long-distance trail in America. It goes from the state line in Massachusetts in the south all the way up to the Canadian border via the highlights of the state, which includes Mount Mansfield and Camel’s Hump. There are many shelters for hikers to rest and are usually around a day’s walk, so you don’t need to pack for any long-haul treks. It is always worth packing some bpa free water bottles, which are shock-resistant, so you are kept thirst-free. The Green Mountains can be challenging, but they are a wonder to behold. The best time of year to do the walk is at the end of September or the start of October. For a month of solitude and serenity, the northern parts of the trail are generally quieter.
Arkansas’ 218-mile trail covers the Ozark Mountains and can be hiked throughout the whole year. There aren’t any shelters, but the route does pass through some campgrounds and state parks, and even some have showers! If you have wondered about the Midwestern wilderness and have only read about it in those coming of age books, there is a 15-mile stretch by the White River, which is a real piece of scenery you’ve only seen in the movies. Each trail comes highly recommended, and if you’re after some soul-searching while getting in the great outdoors, you need to go hiking!