Emma Veidt, the assistant editor at Backpacker, offers insights on preparing for week-long backpacking trips for those looking to advance from overnight hikes. The article provides essential tips for trip preparation and highlights four exemplary trails across the U.S., ranging from Washington’s Wonderland Trail to North Dakota’s Maah Daah Hey Trail, offering diverse experiences to seasoned and budding backpackers alike.
- Week-long backpacking trips offer an opportunity to explore deeper backcountry areas without the commitment of a months-long thru-hike.
- Preparation for a week-long trip involves training to carry seven days of nutrition and gear, lightening the backpack’s load, and following a comprehensive packing list.
- The Wonderland Trail in Washington covers 93 miles around Mt. Rainier, boasting scenic views of glaciers, alpine lakes, waterfalls, and a chance to witness the aftermath of the 2006 flash floods.
- Maine’s 100-Mile Wilderness is a challenging segment of the Appalachian Trail, offering remote terrain with limited bailout or resupply points.
- The Maah Daah Hey Trail in North Dakota is a peaceful 144-mile trail taking hikers through meadows, rolling hills, badlands formations, and is maintained in collaboration with the USDA Forest Service and the Maah Daah Hey Trail Association.