@Miya That is a fantastic list. I love it.My goals are definitely more vague haha, but I actually have some this year! I am still striving to hit what are probably considered basics lol
- Day hike in snow
- Hike and soak in a natural hot spring
- See a cactus flower
- Visit Fern Canyon
- Backpack outside of California
- Find a backpacking partner
- Hike with my dad
2. I'm actually hoping to give Longs a shot later in the summer...2. Climb Longs Peak again this year but this time go via the Loft Route. If I get all wild, then will go up the Loft Route and down the KeyHole.
6. Would love to get over to Chicago Basin... but not so sure how that whole area is doing after the wildfires.
I will have to look into this one for sure! ThanksThat's a cool lineup! If you're looking to get some CDT action in, there's a cool loop you can do beginning at Cottonwood Pass. From the pass, take the new CDT north to near Lake Anne Pass, then take the old CDT south all the way to near Alpine Tunnel. Jump back on the new CDT and head north back to Cottonwood Pass. Maybe 40 or 50 miles total? Idk
They sure make some strange noises. Very prehistoric. I live on the extreme edge of their migration corridor so sometimes hear some pass by (one flock a year, maybe). Don't have to go terribly far west to see more.And I want to see the sandhill cranes migrate through Nebraska this spring plus spend some time in the Red Desert (WY).
X2Survive 2019. The rest is gravy.
My wife and I drove to Alaska in 2006. Make sure you check out Liard Hot Springs, nice campground with a couple hot springs to soak in, coming from FL it was very cool. Assuming you are driving back as well, you should look into Highway 37 that goes south from Watson Lake, we really liked Boya Lake Park and the towns of Stewart and Hyder (one in BC, one in AK) was nice, you can get up on a glacier if you are interested. Speaking of glaciers, you should plan on going through the Icefields Parkway between Banff and Jasper and take your time, you can get up on a glacier there as well, not to mention awesome hiking. Avoid the town of Banff, Jasper was ok.We will be driving from upstate NY (our home) to Alaska this summer. We will probably be gone for six to eight weeks. One of our Christmas gifts was a copy of The MilePost and we've been slowly making our way through it. So many options, so many potential side trips to make, it's overwhelming. We plan on camping most of the time, probably mixing in some motel/cabin stays along the way.
Nice! We have already been to Banff & Jasper NPs, driving up the Icefields Parkway ... we took a couple nice hikes in Jasper, really liked that park.My wife and I drove to Alaska in 2006. Make sure you check out Liard Hot Springs, nice campground with a couple hot springs to soak in, coming from FL it was very cool. Assuming you are driving back as well, you should look into Highway 37 that goes south from Watson Lake, we really liked Boya Lake Park and the towns of Stewart and Hyder (one in BC, one in AK) was nice, you can get up on a glacier if you are interested. Speaking of glaciers, you should plan on going through the Icefields Parkway between Banff and Jasper and take your time, you can get up on a glacier there as well, not to mention awesome hiking. Avoid the town of Banff, Jasper was ok.
Happy to answer any questions or provide more suggestions if you like
That's a solid list, I might borrow from thatHere is my long running hit list. Anything on this list that isn't crossed out is fair game in 2019. So much to do, only so much vacation. With the Grand Salmon tentatively on the books for the Fall we will see what I have time left for. Probably lots of weekend warrior backpacking.
Red Castle Lake
Henrys Fork Lake
Four Lakes Basin
Fairlyand Trail Bryce
Buckskin Gulch Paria Canyon
Salt Creek Needles
Fifty Mile Canyon
Negro Bill Canyon
Virgin Springs Canyon
Muddy Creek Chute possibly float it
The Irish Canyons
Lower Muley Twist
Halls Creek Narrows
Little Death Hollow
Silver Falls/Choprock Loop
Grand Salmon – Middle Fork to Main to Lower – Boundary Creek To Hellars Bar (Sept – Oct)
Grand Canyon Colorado River
San Juan River
Green River Lodore
Green River Deso Gray
Dirty Devil River
Middle Fork Salmon
South Fork Salmon
Nice . ....Last year my alpine plans were severely curtailed down due to wildfires, so we'll see how this goes:
- At least one Grand Canyon N rim route (e.g. Tuckup Canyon/Hades Knoll or Deer Creek/Thunder River)
- Titcomb Basin w/ N Arete of Ellingwood Peak (Winds)
- Bridge Mt (Zion)
- At least one 35-50 mile in a day death march (e.g. Zion Traverse, Ruby Crest Trail)
- At least one technicalish multi-day trek in Glen Canyon or Bears Ears
- At least one overnight MTB trip
- Bear Lakes Basin trip (Sierra)
- Be able to trail run and do long moderate multi-pitch climbing routes again without disc or sciatic nerve issues (possibly wishful thinking)
- Actually use my "unlimited" vacation
+1. And if you can incorperate (probably best as exit) Scotty’s Hollow, the lower part is a couple of the most fun and beautiful miles I’ve ever walked.Nice . ....
Look into from Kanab Creek (jump-off th) along the Colorado to deer Creek or thunder river.... Hiking this part of the Colorado is great...Kanab Creek really nice as well