favorite loop trail in the U.S?
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Landon Schrock
(lschrock) - F

Locale: The plain states
favorite loop trail in the U.S? on 01/30/2011 11:38:59 MST Print View

just curious about what everyone's favorite loop trail is. Trying to decide on a sub-7 day summer hike.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
re on 01/30/2011 13:30:24 MST Print View

Trail around Three Sisters in central Oregon

about 45 miles and maybe 6000 feet elevation gain

no difficult stream crossings or anything

excellent scenery

if you go there this September you might see me

Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
favorite loop trail in the U.S? on 01/30/2011 14:26:17 MST Print View

One of my favorites loops (more like a lollipop in shape) is in Olympic NP. From the town of Brinnon (on Hood Canal/east side of the park):

Follow the West Fork of the Dosewallips River up to Honeymoon Meadows, over La Crosse Pass, follow the Duckabush River up to Marmot and Hart Lake, over O'Neill Pass, over Anderson Pass and back.

This was a 5 night trip (4 nights backcountry, one at a campground b/c we got there in the late afternoon). On a map of the park, this loop looks laughably small but really shows how BIG the place is.

This is a nice loop for those in Seattle or Portland b/c of the east-side start/finish. Getting around to the Hoh Forest side takes a long time.

Edited by saparisor on 01/30/2011 15:32:52 MST.

Hiking Malto
(gg-man) - F
A quick one on 01/30/2011 15:49:12 MST Print View

Tahoe Rim Trail - 168 miles. Easy logistics, resupply options, nice scenery. I could probably come up with a better one in the Sierras but you didn't say how many miles you're able/willing to do.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: favorite loop trail in the U.S? on 01/30/2011 18:43:27 MST Print View

Four Pass Loop in Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.

Steve S
(idahosteve) - F

Locale: Idaho
Re: favorite loop trail in the U.S? on 01/30/2011 18:58:34 MST Print View

Probably a loop around/thru the entire Sawtooths starting and ending at Redfish Lake

David Chenault
(DaveC) - BPL Staff - F

Locale: Crown of the Continent
re: fav loop in US on 01/30/2011 20:16:09 MST Print View

Highline-Stoney Indian-Ptarmigan-Swiftcurrent in GNP.

Chris S
(csteutterman) - F

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: favorite loop trail in the U.S? on 01/31/2011 12:27:36 MST Print View

Rae Lakes loop in Kings Canyon NP is quite nice.

http://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/rae-lakes-loop.htm

Rick Dreher
(halfturbo) - MLife

Locale: Northernish California
Re: favorite loop trail in the U.S? on 01/31/2011 12:41:28 MST Print View

Wonderland Trail around Mt. Rainier? Hard to beat for spectacular and varied scenery. Not terribly "remote" in the sense of getting away from other hikers/campers, though.

Cheers,

Rick

Kris Sherwood
(Tuskadero) - F

Locale: Washington State
Re: Re: favorite loop trail in the U.S? on 01/31/2011 13:00:24 MST Print View

There are a ton of great loops in the Pasayten Wilderness of Washington. The area is vast and many trails link up. Choose your own adventure!

Jack H.
(Found) - F

Locale: Sacramento, CA
Re: favorite loop trail in the U.S? on 01/31/2011 19:32:28 MST Print View

I'm totally not answering this.

Richard Lyon
(richardglyon) - MLife

Locale: Bridger Mountains
Favorite loop on 02/01/2011 06:54:47 MST Print View

Hellroaring Trailhead in Yellowstone NP, up Coyote Creek Trail to the stock bridge in Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, back along Hellroaring Creek.

Misfit Mystic
(cooldrip)

Locale: "Grand Canyon of the East"
I'm with Jack on 02/01/2011 07:20:23 MST Print View

I'm with Jack, no way I can answer this. It's like trying to name my favorite craft beer; I just start going around in circles in my head and end very confused and none the wiser.

It's raining here, so I'm going to spend the afternoon drinking micros and looking through old journals and photos. Maybe I'll have an answer later; I think however I'll probably just be intoxicated. ;)

todd harper
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: Sunshine State
Re: I'm with Jack on 02/01/2011 07:29:38 MST Print View

I think Jack's going another direction!

Elliott Wolin
(ewolin) - MLife

Locale: Hampton Roads, Virginia
RE: Favorite loop trail in the U.S on 02/01/2011 11:13:08 MST Print View

Wonderland Trail, hand's down. The incredible scenery overwhelmes the minor disadvantages, e.g. too many people on certain sections, esp. on weekends.