Hiking and Backpacking in the US

US backpacking tripsWhere to find Information about hikes and backpack adventures in the US

There are a number of hiking and backpacking adventures in the United States.  With those treks, you can also take advantage of different types of scenery and terrains.  The biggest question is where to find out about all of the various trails and journeys that are available.

Fortunately, there are many resources available online.  We, of course, hope to be one for you as well.  However, if Montymca.org can’t provide you with the information you are looking for regarding your next backpacking adventure, hopefully, this list of resources can give that information.

Fordors10 Most Beautiful Hikes

Discovery Top 10 Amazing Hikes

USA Today best hikes

Travel – 11 Can’t Miss Hiking Trails

Seeker 10 Best Hiking Spots

This list just names a few of our favorite hiking opportunities.  There certainly are several more out there.  And there are certainly many trails that aren’t mentioned.

You can do a search online to find some of those that may be closer to home or specifically within a state or city you designate.  Other ways to find some of the trips available within a particular local or state are:

One item to bear in mind when searching for your next backpacking adventure is the level of difficulty of the hike.  Some of the most beautiful hikes in the U.S. certainly can be taken on by a beginning hiking enthusiast.  This is certainly the case of the hike at Westfork Trail in Sedona, Arizona.  However, there are also some amazing hikes that likely aren’t intended for a backpacker just beginning their journey into this activity.  They are reserved for the more experienced hiking participant.

Another item to keep in mind about choosing your hike in the US or any part of the world for that matter is how long of a duration you want the hike to be.  There are some options for day long treks that are sure to be fulfilling for the person doing the hike.  However, if a trail is chosen that is designed for a multiple-day journey, and the hiker is not prepared for a hike that will last that long, the outcome of that adventure is far less enjoyable and in some cases can be extremely dangerous.

One final tip for choosing the hike of your dreams or at least one you want to embark on is dependent upon the gear that is necessary for the hike.  Do you have the right kind of equipment for your hike?  Going backpacking obviously requires a backpack.  Do you have one to meet your needs for the trip you’ve chosen? Here is one place that talks about backpacks and gives reviews.  You can learn more about them at their (Facebook page-MagnusMidtboe.) If not, you may want to make another choice.  Or, you can find a backpack that does provide you with what you need.  Some questions to make that determination are whether the pack is durable, lightweight, large enough to carry everything, etc.

Other items to determine whether needed or not is the type and amount of food, dry clothing, tent, jacket, and more.  Don’t let the idea of a “daylong” trip fool you.  Even some of these types of treks require more than the shirt on your back and snack bar in your pocket.

Hopefully, this information will give you some valuable information to help you find some hiking and backpacking options in the US.  Take a trip and experience the great outdoors and the beauty it offers on some trails within the region of the United States.


Hiking Equipment Needed

What Kind Of Equipment  do You need As A Hiker?
What kind of equipment do you need to have the best hike? Well, that depends on where you’re going and who you’re with. It also has something to do with whether or not you’re a professional. If you haven’t been hiking before, then read this guide and even if you have you can probably find some tips that will be helpful.
You need to have safety equipment or a minimum a basic first aid kit with you in case someone gets hurt or something else happens. You are going to need things likehiking and backpacking equipment bandages and rubbing alcohol for wounds that may occur while you’re out in the wilderness. A lot of people don’t remember to bring some type of kit, and those are the people that get hurt or even die when they are out in the wild. It doesn’t have to be too fancy it should just be able to cover the coming injuries most people face when they are in the wild.
You need food if you want to go hiking. If you do not bring food, then you may starve, and that is the last thing you want to have happened on a trip like this. Even though the Wilderness can provide you with lots of food, don’t know enough about that then you’re going to need to bring your own hiking food so you can survive. Also, make sure there is a water source with clean water where you’re going to be camping or that you have access to it because you brought it.
You need to wear a mosquito or bug repellent so that you don’t get bit by bugs while you’re out in the wilderness. Even if you’re hiking on a trail chances are there are a lot of bugs around that would like to annoy you. There are even some dangerous bugs like ticks because they carry Lyme disease and that’s why you really want to be careful about having some kind of protection from pests. Make sure you also get a bug net for a tent if you go where there are a lot of mosquitoes to avoid getting bitten up, when you’re trying to rest.
When you go hiking you are going to need to eat the proper diet. You are going to need a lot of protein, and you should probably eat a lot of berries and nuts just to make sure you have the energy you need to keep going. It can be tempting to get some coffee or drinks or other caffeinated beverage but in reality that makes you way worse off than before you started. After caffeine and sugar wear off, it’s hard for you to have energy. But, with protein, your body will go through it slowly and provide you with sustained energy.
Be respectful of where you camp. If there are trash cans around you should use them for your garbage and if there are not you should take your garbage with you to dispose of elsewhere. Animals live out there and could get hurt by the trash. It’s also just good etiquette because a lot of other hikers will probably come through the area later.  The more you keep the area clean, the more you can enjoy it.
What are you going to do if there’s an emergency? Even if you have first aid and know how to apply it to someone; you still have to make sure you know how to get out of where you are in an emergency. If you’re hiking along the road, then it’s pretty easy to find someone if you need them but if you’re out in the middle of nowhere hiking, then you need some form of map or Compass to help guide you to help if you need it. A lot of people carry around their smartphones even when camping just so if something happens they can be found through the phone’s last location.
When you want to have an excellent hike, you should follow the above information. There are a lot of resources out there for backpackers and hikers as well such as the Twitter page – hikerbk MagnusMidtboe so just make sure that you are careful when you look for information. Follow all of these tips, and you should do just fine.