I'll have a business trip to US in early April and I'm thinking about (semi-secretly) spending half of it backpacking.
I must visit Las Vegas (for work) and San Francisco (for my flight home), preferably I should be able to start in Vegas and finish in San Francisco (hop-on, hop off public transportation like Bundu Bus, etc).
I'll have 5-7 days (5 days is better, so I'll have reasonable time for work) for my trip.
Because of 1) time constraints and 2) it's my first visit to US, I would like to:
1) see magnificent, gorgeous, stunning nature - (again, it's my first trip to America, and I don't know when the next one will be possible).
2) do something "meaningful" - crossing "something", walking from point A to point B, rafting some river, doing some short but beautiful trail (High Sierra Trail ?).
I'm comfortable solo hiking, walk pretty fast, but never hiked in mountains higher than 5000 feet (1,5 km).
If needed, I could bring packraft and will be happy to raft part of my journey.
I could bring snowshoes, but I'm not very experienced wintertime backpacker, though I still have some time for practice here, at home (Russia).
I would prefer temperatures not below 20 Fahrenheit (-5 Celcius).
40 Fahrenheit (5 Celsius) and up is better.
What would you recommend to fellow foreigner?