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    Default Recommendation for 2 week hike in the U.S. Mid April/Early May

    Hey hikers. I have had the pleasure of hiking the Long Trail and the JMT in the past few years, but this year I have some time to take off Mid-April to Mid-May for 2 weeks. Any recommendations? I would prefer warmth and have never really hiked this time of the year other than Shenandoah National Park. Does anyone have any recommendations? It doesn't have to be a full trail. I was tossing around the idea of a section of the Arizona Trail, but I didn't see too many reviews of sections that stood out to me as 2-week-manageable. Shenandoah is my stomping grounds so I could hike the AT plus a little bit there, but it wouldn't be "new". Any gems folks have come across that fit the 2 week bill in Spring?

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    Good time for ozark highlands
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    Good time for the Grand Canyon before the heat of summer hits in late May.

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    I looked at that a little as an idea. Since it is 350 miles long I was looking for the "good" sections. Not many trip reports but a number mentioned a fair amount of road walking. Any section recommendations?

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    So I believe the grand canyon is on the AZ Trail. Have you heard anything about the sections before and after? The GC itself is prob 25 miles.

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    Are you talking about 2018? Will you have transportation to do a point to point hike? Or a start finish in the same location?
    The north rim of the Grand Canyon may not be open during your time frame. Call the park for exact date.
    March in Big Bend is nice. Except the third week which is Spring Break. Crowded.
    Low snow year so far. 2 weeks on the PCT from Idyllwild?
    Gila Wilderness in New Mexico?
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    Anywhere on the AT is chilly, but I've hiked NJ-NY in that timeframe and had a blast. It was rainy but the daytime temps were moderate and the elevation is rarely high enough to keep you bundled up and hiding in your tent at night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Venchka View Post
    Are you talking about 2018? Will you have transportation to do a point to point hike? Or a start finish in the same location?
    The north rim of the Grand Canyon may not be open during your time frame. Call the park for exact date.
    March in Big Bend is nice. Except the third week which is Spring Break. Crowded.
    Low snow year so far. 2 weeks on the PCT from Idyllwild?
    Gila Wilderness in New Mexico?
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    That's helpful though- I didn't even know the Gil's Wilderness existed. When it comes to stuff in the SW/South I really only know the big names.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Collin View Post
    That's helpful though- I didn't even know the Gil's Wilderness existed. When it comes to stuff in the SW/South I really only know the big names.
    Your welcome!
    The CDT runs through the Gila Wilderness. Given the low snow levels so far this year, you might be able to hike for 2 weeks on the CDT farther north in New Mexico. Maybe around Cuba. You would have to talk to Rangers in the various National Forests.
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    The Arizona Trail extends well beyond the Grand Canyon to Utah.
    http://trekalong.com/blog/2014/01/02...g-bucket-list/

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    Or pinhoti
    Or BMT
    Gsmnp has 900 miles of trails
    Even southern AT ifn you like lots of companionship...

    Tuscarora parallels the AT near you...

    Basically anywhere without snow


    When I get back to the US in March I'm going to take a week to take a stroll somewhere. Though I'd like to inspect the trail conditions in Georgia in bubble....I don't think I'm going to go there.....
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    Pennsylvania's Mid State Trail would be good then, would still have water on the ridges in the south half starting April but stream crossings in the north would be manageable by early May. Say, guidebook sections 7 through 17 or 18 would be a nice two weeks. http://www.hike-mst.org/ Distance table for sections https://gishikemst.wordpress.com/201...her-blog-post/

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    So I think after looking through everything I've seen I may pick the Ouachita Trail. It can be done in 2 weeks potentially, hits 2 states I've never been to, seems similar to the Ozarks Trail w/o as many ticks. Not a ton of info on it save a single book, a few trail journals, and a couple websites, but at least the east end is accessible by travel to Little Rock. Anyone ever pick this guy?

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    Get book. It has a couple dry stretches. I haven't done most of the Ouachita but I've got the book
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    In Tennessee, the Cumberland Trail.

    In Kentucky, the Sheltowee Trace.

    Might fit the bill?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Venchka View Post
    The Arizona Trail extends well beyond the Grand Canyon to Utah.
    http://trekalong.com/blog/2014/01/02...g-bucket-list/

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    I don't know how it will be this year, but I did a rim2rim2rim of the Grand Canyon in late April 2017. There was still a lot of snow on the North Rim and north on the AZT. I met two different hikers who were doing the Arizona Trail. Both of them got snowed in north of the Grand Canyon and had to take refuge in a cabin. You will need to check this year's snow levels before committing to hiking north of the Grand Canyon on the AZ Trail in late April or early May.

    By the way, it is snowing there now. I am in Arizona for the winter. Until this week, there has not been much snow. It has been raining in the low lands and snowing in the mountains for the last three days. When there is 2 inches of rain in Tucson, there are usually several feet of snow on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
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    Many thanks. The North Rim is snow country. Thatís not a well known fact.
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    "In Tennessee, the Cumberland Trail.

    In Kentucky, the Sheltowee Trace.

    Might fit the bill?"


    Yes, being lower in elevation those would be considerably warmer than parts of the AT typically are at that time of year, mid-April to early May.

    I've section hiked all of the Sheltowee Trace and a little bit of the Cumberland Trail. Situated within the Daniel Boone National Forest, and in recent years also partly within the Big South Fork National Recreation Area, the Sheltowee Trace was created by the Forest Service during the late 1970s. They have done much signage and trail maintenance since then. The Cumberland Trail was initiated more recently. It is still be a "work in progress", with extensive sections not yet completed.

    Along the Sheltowee Trace the wild places are typically located in creek and river gorges, or occasionally up on ridge tops. There are many attractive streams, cliff lines, and rock formations such as shelter caves and natural bridges. I especially like the southern half of the 320 mile long Sheltowee Trace.

    https://www.sheltoweetrace.com/

    http://www.sheltoweetrace.org/e2e---...iker-info.html
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