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    Your welcome to come our way and stay as long as you like.theres not any snow, a little cool now and again and some rain,but for the most part, nice. there is a HF group hang in Nov. at Big Southfork just a little ways north(about an hr) if you need to be shuttled i can help you with that, if you need a place to park your ride where it will be safe i have that here to.best of luck on your journey, if we can help please dont be affraid to ask!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    Florida Trail.

    Start at the northern terminus and walk south. You'll have some cool temps until you make the right turn to head south, but it won't be anything too bad. It's a nice trail and resupply is generally a breeze.

    Watch out for the spiders! They set traps for hikers.
    I 2nd the Florida Trail. We use to go down there in Feb for some weekend trips. The temps could be in the 60's and all of us would be in shorts. The locals had there down jackets on

    Plus the Rainbow folks are down there...interesting...lol
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    I feel your urge brother. A couple of months to run away enters my mind every day.
    I'd add the Arizona Trail for consideration. You'd be more likely to get the solitude you're yearning there than in Florida.
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    Quote Originally Posted by perrito View Post
    I feel your urge brother. A couple of months to run away enters my mind every day.
    I'd add the Arizona Trail for consideration. You'd be more likely to get the solitude you're yearning there than in Florida.
    Most places that I'd know about for some real solitude would tend to be way cold in the winter. So those are pretty much out. I was thinking about AZ also, but in the MTNs there it is still going to often be 20F and occasionally minus 20 or even colder. ( my personal low at Flagstaff: minus 23, with reports of minus 30 - 40 in some remote areas that morning ) But if you could keep the elevation reasonable, it might not be too bad. Many miles of this trail would probably be at OK elevations, probably plenty to keep OP busy. Some places might be really cold. But not near as bad as some of the places I would recommend if it was summer. Remoteness and solitude should be way up there.

    That Texas rec from sargevining has some real possibilities. Plenty of solitude at Big Bend! Temps should be OK.

    It seems like the best bet is the AT as some have suggested. At least if a severe cold snap occurred it would not be too hard to escape to a nearby town.

    But those FL/AL/GA recs seem the best bet for having temps that won't stress you.
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    The Ouachita national trail. It's 192 miles goes from Oklahoma to Littlerock ar they have shelters on the Littlerock side. Haven't hiked it yet but grinds have hiked parts. Tim Ernst has a book on it. The winters are not bad

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    this might help. many are hammockers.
    http://www.floridahikes.com/
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    My favorite places, Gary, are in New Mexico, where you can find the Gila Wilderness in the South, and the Santa Fe Wilderness, North of Pecos, in the North Central part. Both have perpetual water sources. Then there are the Guadalupe Mountains and Big Bend National Parks in Texas, where water is a challenge.

    I've not winter camped much at all so cannot help with the other part of your dilemma except to say that West Texas and New Mexico are warmed by the Chihuahua Desert.

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    Yet another vote for the Florida Trail. Cannibal's right about the banana spiders, but they should be at about the end of their life cycle most places right now (they're not really dangerously venomous to humans; they're just ugly, huge, and annoying when they bite). By next month or January, the majority of 'em will have died off until March or so.

    Most folks finish the FT in three or four months, but if you're a fast hiker, you could probably do it in two to two and an half (20-30 mile days). Most of FL is flat, but don't let that fool you. There're enough poor blazes in places down here to slow you down to map and compass time, the vegetation is no joke (saw palmetto sucks), sugar sand'll tire you down faster than rock hopping, swamps can be less than fun, and you have to be careful about your water planning. Still, it's a fun time. Challenging, but fun. Expect temperatures ranging from ~20* F at the lowest to ~80* F at the highest this time of year, depending on where you are on the trail and what the weather's doing (if you don't like it, sit down and have a beer: by the time you're done...).

    Here's the official FTA website.
    Here's our very own lilricky's unofficial GPS data page for the trail.
    Here's a website with many individual experiences about the trail.

    I've, personally, done the Ocala South portion of the trail. If you want/need advice about that section (~45 miles), feel free to PM me.

    Hope it helps!
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    Everyone has great points but the AT tends to be on most hikers bucket list but that's coming from a Tennesseean it in my back yard. Good luck be safe and if the AT is off the list Florida sounds great
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