U.S. long distance trails

Backpacker magazine:

Of course there’s the Triple Crown—the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, and Continental Divide Trail—and dozens more, spanning tens of thousands of miles. Whether you want to hike for six days or six months, start your search here. …

Map: America’s Best Long Trails

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(via Adventure Blog)

Tramway Trail, Albuquerque

I took the Sandia Peak Tramway trip on one of the snowiest days of the year.

It’s one of the top tourist attractions in New Mexico.

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I first tried hiking to the top. Planning to ride down on the Cable Car. That would have been GREAT.

The La Luz Trail (Trail 137) … on the west face of the Sandia Mountains near Albuquerque, New Mexico. The trail begins at the La Luz Trailhead and proceeds approximately eight miles to either Sandia Crest or the Sandia Peak Tramway. The hike is strenuous, with 3,775 ft (1,151 m) of elevation gain and a grade of 12%. …

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I started at the Tramway parking lot on the Tramway Trail (82). Planning to connect to the La Luz.

Tramway Trail, Albuquerque

It’s a pretty traverse above lovely residential homes.

Tramway Trail, Albuquerque

I’d heard a foot of snow had fallen up top. It did not look good for me getting up there.

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I – happily – backtracked to my vehicle.

Tramway Trail, Albuquerque

At one point I stumbled off trail. Easy to do in the desert. While scrambling an arroyo to regain the trail I kicked a cactus and drove a spine into my foot.

Lesson learned = STAY on the trail in the desert.

The main reason to go to Albuquerque are the 200 miles of Sandia hiking trails many of which are off limits to mountain bikes.

We’ve added the La Luz Trail to our list of best hikes in North America.

 

Meteor Crater, Arizona

I’d hoped to do the short guided hiking tour of part of the rim, but arrived too late in the afternoon. I missed the last one by minutes.

Meteor Crater is a meteorite impact crater approximately 37 miles (60 km) east of Flagstaff …

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Despite its importance as a geological site, the crater is not protected as a national monument, a status that would require federal ownership. …

… some 170 m (560 ft) deep, and is surrounded by a rim that rises 45 m (148 ft) above the surrounding plains. …

Meteor Crater is a popular tourist attraction …

During the 1960s and 70’s, NASA astronauts trained in the crater to prepare for the Apollo missions to the Moon. …

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Management of this natural treasure is excellent. I doubt the National Parks system would do better.

a girl hikes the GR20 in Corsica

The video is complete. On what some call the toughest hike in Europe.

This is an indiegogo campaign.

Three weeks of filming in one of the most amazing location in the world was breathtaking. We walked the route in real time, as we did all filming, with all the obstacles and beauties. Now we can present the authentic story. …

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Sunset Crater, Arizona

Climbing to the rim has been closed for decades. Hikers were doing too much damage.

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I did the partly wheelchair accessible 1-mile (1.6km) trail Lava Flow Trail and some of the 1-mile (1.6km) Lenox Crater Trail. Both were snowy.

Sunset Crater AZ

Sunset Crater AZ

But if you are passing anywhere close to Flagstaff, Arizona, any time of the year. I recommend you make this stop. The Visitor Center is excellent.

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The date of the eruptions that formed the 340-meter-high cone (1,120 ft) was initially derived from tree-ring dates, suggesting the eruption began between the growing seasons of A.D. 1064–1065. However, more recent geologic and archaeological evidence places the eruption around A.D. 1085. …

On the same road trip visit nearby Wupatki National Monument.

Wupatki Pueblo

Wupatki Pueblo

If you book in advance, Rangers offer guided hikes from October through April. Anywhere from two hours to two days.

scrambling Red Rock Canyon, Vegas

I met up with my friends from Couer d’Alene, Idaho. Their gymnasts were competing at the Lady Luck Invitational.

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Branch Whitney:

Red Rock Canyon (20 miles west of Las Vegas) is home to the best scrambling (climbing up, over, around, and down rock) routes in the world. If you liked mazes when you were a kid, you will love Red Rock Canyon. …

Las Vegas’ best kept secret: Hiking and rock scrambling just minutes from the Strip

We’d never seen Red Rock Canyon so busy. Seems my favourite tourist destination in the city is no longer off the radar.

Entry fee.