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    http://www.hike-mst.org/ - at 526 km not too far off your target.

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    If you don't mind going a little South, the Ouachita Trail is around 225 miles. Arkansas to Oklahoma

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    I'd consider the JMT but I've already done some hiking in the Sierras. I used to live in Los Angeles and have done Yosemite many parts of SoCal…even a few hikes in Angeles National before we lost her to the fires last year.

    My wife will not be joining me for this trip, sorry if I confused anyone in my original write-up.


    Are bears an issue on the SHT...or more importantly, do I have to carry a bear bin?

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    Benton MacKaye Trail, N. Ga. to Davenport Gap in the Smokys. 297 miles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuffs View Post
    Benton MacKaye Trail, N. Ga. to Davenport Gap in the Smokys. 297 miles.
    And SGT Rock just published a new Thru Hikers Guide to the BMT. Would suggest you brush up on your compass and map skills as some of this is wilderness and trail markings can be limited in places, with multiple trails intersecting at critical points.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MedicineMan View Post
    If you want to work your way up, say 10 days, then 3 weeks, then a thru consider the Foorthills Trail.
    I went to an authors roundtable once, all authors speaking make a living writing books on hiking/paddling trails..they all said that the Foothills Trail was a hidden gem in the US.
    75ish miles long, alternate endings depending on which state park you want to end at, LOTs of waterfalls, significant climbs AND one of the longest stretches of trail in the US where you cannot resupply.
    Just another option.....but don't do it in summer.

    I think this hike will be a must do later this year. I'm a sucker for waterfalls. What's the best time to do it? Seems like a hike that can be done in a week or less pushing 15+ miles daily. With the elevation varying between 1400ft and 3000ft (if I read everything correctly) it shouldn't be hard to accomplish that.

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    What time frame are you thinking? I won't be able to do three weeks, but I might be able to do a section with you. That would help satisfy part of your wife's requirements for some of the time, and you would only have to put up with me for part of the time! I move to Detroit by May of this year, so the SHT would be relatively close for both of us.
    Last edited by Trooper; 02-12-2010 at 20:35.

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    Do the Long Trail! The LT has a northern section that has a reputation as one of the toughest stretches of trail in the US. Nothing in Arkansas and Oklahoma is gonna compare and you won't be sweating out of your eyeballs as much!

    I am planning on starting around Aug 1.

    Have fun with whatever you decide!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SBreckenridge View Post
    I think this hike will be a must do later this year. I'm a sucker for waterfalls. What's the best time to do it? Seems like a hike that can be done in a week or less pushing 15+ miles daily. With the elevation varying between 1400ft and 3000ft (if I read everything correctly) it shouldn't be hard to accomplish that.
    Schneiderlein has a great trip report on his Foothills Trail thru hike here.
    I've hiked portions of the trail in May and October. Both were great, but in May, the Mountain Laurel and Rhododendron were blooming like crazy. Beautiful.
    I wouldn't trust the elevation data. There are some tough sections. It can be done with 15 mile days and light packs, but not by me.
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    AAHH I was confused as well by your post and thought you were looking to do a trail with your Wife. Your just looking for some one to do a trail with or part of a trail with. Well I am E2E'ing the LT this summer, Planning on leaving January 26 ish, and my GF would love for me to do some or the whole trail with some one. So if this works in conjunction with your plans then PM me and we can talk. I choose the LT for the challenge and my love of the Green MT's ive visited their twice and since then those MT's have been calling my name.
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