Monday, August 31, 2015

Bucket List of Trails

My wife took a business trip last week to the Canadian Rockies, including Banff National Park.  She had responsibilities, so it wasn't a pleasure cruise, but the hiking and sightseeing opportunities in Banff made me jealous.

I suppose it was my Western-Canada envy that made me delve into the National Geographic website and its lists of fabulous hikes.  I constructed this fantasy list of trails I'd like to take, and I post it here for my convenient reference.  Criteria: I was looking for mostly day hikes, without any special skill required: no ice, no rock climbing, no caves, no guides, no orienteering.  I have stuck to North America and the British Isles, which seem more feasible than more far-flung continents.

  • Aonach Eagach Ridge, Glencoe, Scotland (part of the 96-mile West Highland Way)
  • Devil's Path, Catskills Mtns, New York
  • Huntington Ravine, Mount Washington, New Hampshire
  • Dry Fork Coyote Gulch, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah
  • Crypt Lake Trail, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta
  • Croagh Patrick Summit Climb, Westport, County Mayo, Ireland
  • Old Rag Loop, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
  • Mount Lecomte, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
  • Sargent Mountain Loop, Acadia National Park, Maine
  • Highland & Centennial Trails, Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota
  • Franconia Ridge Loop/Traverse, New Hampshire
  • Solomon Gulch Trail, Valdez, Alaska
  • The Long Range Traverse, Newfoundland, Canada (6 days)
  • Dipsea Trail, Muir Woods National Monument, California
  • Fort to Sea Trail Lewis and Clark National Historic Park, Oregon
  • Loch Vale, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
  • Outer Line Drive Multipurpose Path, Valley Forge National Historical Park, Pennsylvania
  • Marin Headlands, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California