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Stuart Armstrong
(strong806) - F

Locale: Near the AT
Need March 6th through 15th Hike Ideas on 02/10/2009 17:53:26 MST Print View

Looking to do a hike in March:

- between 100-150 miles
- minimal snow
- plentiful water
- 14 hours driving distance from Austin, or convenient to an airport/public transport.

Any suggestions?

As always anyone that wants to can join.

Chris Morgan
(ChrisMorgan) - F

Locale: Southern Oregon
Ideas... on 02/10/2009 18:10:39 MST Print View

Ozark Highlands Trail - 7 hrs away in Arkansas?

Stuart Armstrong
(strong806) - F

Locale: Near the AT
Re: Ideas on 02/11/2009 15:02:54 MST Print View

Thanks Chris, I'm going to do it!

Stuart Armstrong
(strong806) - F

Locale: Near the AT
Re: Need March 6th through 15th Hike Ideas on 02/17/2009 17:56:01 MST Print View

The OHT was severely damaged by ice storms and seems to be in bad shape for a thru hike.

Any other ideas out there?

Chris Morgan
(ChrisMorgan) - F

Locale: Southern Oregon
Joe? on 02/17/2009 18:16:59 MST Print View

Joe?

Stuart Armstrong
(strong806) - F

Locale: Near the AT
Re: Joe? on 02/17/2009 18:26:39 MST Print View

Not sure I know what you mean.

Chris Morgan
(ChrisMorgan) - F

Locale: Southern Oregon
Skinewmexico on 02/18/2009 17:10:54 MST Print View

I was hoping Joe Clement might have some ideas.

Stuart Armstrong
(strong806) - F

Locale: Near the AT
Re: on 02/18/2009 17:44:20 MST Print View

Oh ok.

I was thinking of taking a small gas chainsaw, but I might not get too far.

I can always go out to Guadalupe Peak, but lugging tons of water through Big Bend turned me off to Texas. :)

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
March hike on 02/18/2009 22:13:14 MST Print View

So I'm a little slow. I wish I could help, but I've spent the last several weeks trying to find a longer hike in Texas, and failed. You'll have to carry as much water in the Guadelupes as in Big Bend, unless you break it up into a bunch of 2-3 day hikes. You might check with the rangers in the Gila wilderness, it's been pretty dry, may not be much snow. If I come up with something I'll let you know.

I keep thinking we need to come up with the Texas answer to the AT.

les lloyd
(denaliguide) - F

Locale: new zealand & alaska
ideas for march 6-15 on 02/25/2009 03:14:48 MST Print View

how about southern utah?

the grand gulch area should be pretty much free of snow and the crowds won't be there either. water is plentiful. indian ruins and rockart abound. route finding varies from easy to difficult depending on route selected. you could easily do a 100 miles of travel there connecting all the different canyons on cedar mesa. grand gulch is 50 miles in length itself. throw in slickhorn or a couple on the east side and you would have a great trip. nights might be cool (altitude is around 6300ft at the kane gulch ranger station).

the drive might be a little longer than 14 hours. 16 on map quest from austin tx. to bluff, ut.

i love this area. i usually go a month later though.

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Hike ideas on 02/25/2009 08:31:34 MST Print View

How about Big Bend State Park? I know they have some loops, some with water; probably have to call a ranger.

Stuart Armstrong
(strong806) - F

Locale: Near the AT
Re: Big Bend, etc. on 02/26/2009 11:32:00 MST Print View

Les: I'll have to keep that in mind for next time.

Joe: I did the Outer Mountain Loop in Big Bend in December and that will be the last time I do it. Carrying so much water and having to worry about how much to drink really takes the fun out of it! I need to post a trip report on it when I get time.

I've decided to do the Ozark Highlands Trail, but based on the ice damage I'm going to do the first half of the trail out and back. 85 miles to Ozone to resupply and then 85 miles back to my car. At least I save $140 on a shuttle service.

Edited by strong806 on 02/26/2009 19:16:55 MST.

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Need March 6th through 15th Hike Ideas on 02/26/2009 13:03:38 MST Print View

Sounds like you did the outer loop in Big Bend National Park. I am talking about Big Bend Ranch State Park. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/big_bend_ranch/

Newsletter here - http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/pwdpubs/media/pwd_br_p4507_1437_09_08.pdf

I'll take a Texas SP over the National Park _______ any day.

Edited by skinewmexico on 02/26/2009 13:48:53 MST.

Stuart Armstrong
(strong806) - F

Locale: Near the AT
RE: BBSP on 02/26/2009 13:27:20 MST Print View

Oh OK Joe, my bad, I'll check it out.