5 Hikes That Offer Solitude in Iconic Destinations

National parks are wildly popular: In 2017, people traveled outside with nearly 331 million visits to national parks, monuments, and historic and cultural sites maintained by the National Park Service.  This isn’t a revelation to any hiker who’s spent enough time outdoors to get a sunburn in recent years. Head to the nation’s most popular national…

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Quiz: Should You Hike the Appalachian Trail or the Pacific Crest Trail?

Are you a backpacking expert? PCT photo by Zach Davis [{“title”:”Appalachian Trail”,”points”:”2″},{“title”:”Pacific Crest Trail”,”points”:”1″},{“title”:”Take a Day Hike on Both Trails”,”points”:”1″}] I’ve gone before. [{“title”:”Appalachian Trail”,”points”:”0″},{“title”:”Pacific Crest Trail”,”points”:”0″},{“title”:”Take a Day Hike on Both Trails”,”points”:”2″}] Backpacking? No way. [{“title”:”Appalachian Trail”,”points”:”0″},{“title”:”Pacific Crest Trail”,”points”:”2″},{“title”:”Take a Day Hike on Both Trails”,”points”:”0″}] I spend hundreds of miles on trail each year.…

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The Appalachian Trail vs. Pacific Crest Trail: Which Hike Is Right for You?

Comparing culture, gear, resupply and difficulty. Whether you’re deciding which footpath to tackle for a first thru-hike, you’ve hiked one trail and want to know how it stacks up to the other, or you just have a general curiosity, a fascination with comparing the Appalachian Trail (AT) and Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is common. Today,…

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