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Dorian Serre
(dorian) - MLife
where to hike arround mid october ? on 06/19/2012 16:24:50 MDT Print View

hi,

I am french and i am coming back to the US (at 09, pct 10) around mid October.
I wanna go for a hike, 100 to 200 miles and i wish not to have winter condition ;-), i am currently living in a ski resort (chamonix) and i fancy something very different for my holidays.
I ll prefer deal with the lack of water(reasonable) then hiking under rain, if it s not a major trail i don't care, i ve got no problem with off trail section and it could be anywhere in the states.
thanks for your advices.
dorian

Ben Crocker
(alexdrewreed) - M

Locale: Kentucky
October on 06/19/2012 16:41:27 MDT Print View

Zion, other southern Utah areas area good in October and very different from your Alps. I did it last October and loved it.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: where to hike arround mid october ? on 06/19/2012 19:08:03 MDT Print View

Ozark Highlands Trail or Ouachita Trail, both in Arkansas.

Jacob D
(JacobD) - F

Locale: North Bay
Re: where to hike arround mid october ? on 06/20/2012 09:17:54 MDT Print View

You might also consider the unconventional California Coastal Trail. You'll encounter day hikers, but also solitude depending on where you start and finish. The weather is usually nice in the fall (65/35*F high/low) with some rain possible. The CCT passes through some of the most beautiful coastline California has to offer, the northern sections especially.

Elizabeth Tracy
(mariposa) - M

Locale: Outside
Southern Utah and Grand Canyon on 06/20/2012 09:56:16 MDT Print View

Utah is the most stunning place in the US to hike, in my opinion. Mid-October is the perfect time to go there, as the terrible summer heat has gone.

I am not sure there are any long/unbroken 100-200 mile trails there, and even if there are, I'm not certain they'd traverse through the very best sections.

Get a permit (as soon as possible!) for a 4-5 trek through Grand Canyon National Park. Your itinerary would be: Fly into Las Vegas (cheap to fly there and cheap to rent a car); drive to Grand Canyon; hike GC. Then drive through Utah and hike there before looping back to Las Vegas. There are too many fantastic options to name in southern Utah: Grand Gulch, Paria/Buckskin Gulch, Escalante River, and several national parks including Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Zion, and others, all perfect for backpacking in mid-October.

How much time do you have?

- Elizabeth