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Old 03-22-2013, 12:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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A search on the site turns up very few stories of backpacking, but one excellent on of a trip to Alaska. Just trying to take a poll to see if we have any hikers out there.

I just did 4 days on the AT down in GA over spring break. Other trips I've done in the past include Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Teddy Roosevelt Ntl parks, and Cumberland Island, GA. Where have ya'll gone? Where do you like to go to regularly? Any good places here in the Midwest?

Hopefully this summer I'll be doing the R2R trail here in So-Ill with some friends. 160 miles, we're planning two weeks, two food drops.

Other than that one trail, and a 26 mile trail around Giant City, I don't know of any overnight trails in this state, or region for that matter. Anyone know anything?

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Old 03-22-2013, 12:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I hunt in Colorado via frame pack, does that count? There is so much public land out there you never see the same place twice and the scenery ain't bad either!
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I hunt in Colorado via frame pack, does that count? There is so much public land out there you never see the same place twice and the scenery ain't bad either!
Sure! Backpacking is always better when you have a purpose to be going at it, instead of just walking to walk.

My friend once said to me "If you ever, ever think you're in good shape, go to Colorado. Then go eat your twinkies in shame." I guess everyone out there is in excellent shape.
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:01 PM   #4 (permalink)
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train in high altitude, where air's thin, and everywhere else is easier.
Probably why CO is harder than a lot of other hikes.

I've day hiked short stretches of this one, a couple different places in MI.

http://northcountrytrail.org/trail/

Stretches from NY to ND. with a large swath through various midwestern states.
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been a few years but spent 28 days in Alaska with 14-straight in denali. one of the best trips of my life. Saw some dangerous behavior by some ill prepared teens from madison wi. Essentially save these kids from killing themselves by being careless. My wife doesnt care for it at all. Im lucky if I can get her to go car camping. Im thinking of a trip in june if my nephew come to town. Maybe Porkies in the U.P.
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I've day hiked short stretches of this one, a couple different places in MI.

http://northcountrytrail.org/trail/

Stretches from NY to ND. with a large swath through various midwestern states.

That is a sick trail, I've never heard of it before. Expert mode: Winter. Thanks for the heads up!

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been a few years but spent 28 days in Alaska with 14-straight in denali. one of the best trips of my life. Saw some dangerous behavior by some ill prepared teens from madison wi. Essentially save these kids from killing themselves by being careless. My wife doesnt care for it at all. Im lucky if I can get her to go car camping. Im thinking of a trip in june if my nephew come to town. Maybe Porkies in the U.P.
28 days in Alaska? That's incredible. I just went to the UP this past summer for the first time, and loved it. I'll be back there, for sure, when I can.
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:54 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I definitely did not hike it in the winter.
That would have... sucked, I think.

Done more of MI-2 than I realized, also pieces in MI-4 and MI-14.

I'm not sure, but I'm guessing the trail, while technically in existence, is 2 parts reality, one part wishful thinking in some spots.
A lot of it, especially in the lower peninsula, seems to be in populated areas.
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:11 AM   #8 (permalink)
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There are a few places to backpack in Illinois. They're not necessarily good, but they're there.

http://dnr.state.il.us/Lands/landmgt/parks/R4/sand.htm Sand Ridge State Forest has some backpacking. I backpacked there a few years ago. It's not that great, but it's a backpacking option.

http://www.vccd.org/recreation.htmlForest Glen Preserve in Vermillion County has backpacking. I've never backpacked there, but I have wanted to.

http://www.lakeshelbyville.com/recreation.htmYou can also backpack the Chief Illini Trail at Lake Shelbyville. It's an 11 mile trail.

http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/parks/i&m/main.htmYou can backpack the I&M Canal too.

There is lots of backpacking available in the Shawnee National Forest too.

Outside of Illinois, but still close, there is the Kettle Moraine Forest (and Ice Age Trail) in Wisconsin, Hoosier National Forest in Indiana, and a handful of backpacking loops at the Missouri State Parks along with the Ozarks.
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Old 04-04-2013, 12:40 PM   #9 (permalink)
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My wife and I are planning on doing the R2R trail later this year. We chose it for conditioning for an AT trip next year. We may start on the rough end up north. We first have to get past the BWCA canoe camping trip in late May of this year.
Speaking of the BWCA, there are a few hiking trails up there too.
The Porkies are very nice to hike as well.
Did the honeymoon up der in da UP last September.
The Huron mountains in the UP are an option too.
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The only backpacking I see locally are the Meth Heads cooking up stuff in the forest preserves, I guess they must be in pretty good shape cuz none of them are over weight.
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