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Here are my ten favorite trips, ordered by distance from my home. The theme in this list is diversity.
What: thru-hike of the Benton MacKaye Trail.
Where: Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
When: Apr 8-29, 2015 (22 days).
Distance: about 315 miles.
What: thru-hike of Oregon Coast Trail, and on to Arcata on the California Coastal Trail.
Where: Oregon and California coast.
When: Jul 13 – Aug 4, 2008 (23 days).
Distance: about 542 miles (415 in OR, 127 in CA).
What: thru-hike of West Highland Way and Cape Wrath Trail, North Coast, and more.
When: Apr 24 – May 27, 2013 (34 days).
Distance: about 530 miles
What: on and off trail beach and coast hiking.
Where: Point Reyes National Seashore.
When: April 2-7 2009 (6 days).
Distance: about 120 miles
What: thru-hike of Vermont’s Long Trail.
Where: across Vermont, from the Canadian border to the Massachusetts border.
When: Sep 25 – Oct 15, 2013 (21 days).
Distance: about 275 miles on the LT + a 27 mile extension into Massachusetts.
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What: bike tour on very quiet paved and dirt roads.
Where: Northern California.
When: Oct 7-20, 2008 (14 days).
Distance: about 820 miles.
What: beach and coast hike.
Where: Monterey Bay from Santa Cruz to Point Pinos.
When: Feb 3-5, 2011 (3 days).
Distance: about 55 miles.
What: scenic trail hike through 58 parks.
Where: Diablo Range, east of SF Bay.
Distance: about 203 miles.
Highlights: habitat and scenic diversity; mix of remote hiking and trail corridors through towns; spectacular SF Bay views; easy access via public transit.
What: Long trail hike in the most beautiful region of the Sierra Nevada.
Where: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
Distance: about 155 miles.
Highlights: an alternative to the JMT with fewer people and great scenery
What: excellent coastal hiking with many interesting river crossings.
Where: Sydney to Mallacoota, Australia.
When: Sep 22 – Oct 15, 2011 (24 days)
Distance: about 416 miles.