After completing The Pacific Crest Trail, I realised that hiking is something I really love. I mean REALLY love. So of course, I have started to look for my next hiking adventures. So these are my future hikes abd a wishlist of the hikes I am researching. If there is a year after the hike, it means that I already have my mind set on that specific hike.
Doing a thru-hike is pretty expensive if you will want to keep your apartment, and still have bills to pay while you’re away, and of cause having a full time job and having to take months off can be a bit of a problem, but so far I have managed so one problem at a time 🙂
Making these plans helps a little bit on my restlessness and living in a country without any really exciting places to hike (imo) it is a hard itch to scratch while I wait for my next hike.
Padjelanta leden (Padjelanta trail) 2021
Padjelantaleden is a hiking trail in Lappland, in northern Sweden.
It is about 140 km (87 mi) long and goes from Kvikkjokk northwards through Padjelanta National Park (in the Laponia park system) to Ritsem.
The hike usually takes anywhere from 5–10 days depending on your hiking speed and how many breaks you need.
Not having much elevation gain (at maximum 300m / 984 feet per day), it is suitable for beginners and even families that want to introduce the children to hiking, provided one has experience with outdoor camping, hiking and staying in remote areas.
In 2019 I hiked Kungsleden (Kings way) which is a trail very close to Padjelanta 🙂 Kungsleden runs almost side by side to Padjelantaleden, so I kinda know what kind of views i will get – and they are awesome!
This is the only hike that I can afford to do this year, as I am saving up for my CDT thru-hike in 2022 🙂
The Continental Divide Trail (CDT) 2022
The CDT is a United States National Scenic Trail running 3,100 miles (5,000 km) between Mexico and Canada. It follows the Continental Divide of the Americas along the Rocky Mountains and traverses five U.S. states — Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico.
As of now my plan is to do that in 2022, still saving up! But projections look good 🙂
My boss at work has approved my leave for 6 months, so that part I don’t have to worry about – so the only concern is if the pandemic is over by then, or at least under enough control that it isn’t something we have to worry too much about.
The CDT looks absolutely amazing and it also looks a little more hardcore than the PCT both regarding wild animals and just the landscape and weather in general. But I am really looking forward to getting back out there and testing my endurance and hopefully having another “best experience ever” adventure 🙂
I am talking with Bollocks and Cream about hiking together, but nothing is set in stone yet. But how cool would it be to do another long distance hike with those two!
The Arizona Trail 2023 (from mile 300-finish)
The Arizona National Scenic Trail is a complete non-motorized path, stretching 1288 km (800 mi) diverse kilometers across Arizona from Mexico to Utah. It links deserts, mountains, canyons, forests, communities, and people.
In 2020 I had to quit my thru-hike of AZT because of COVID so I still have about 500 miles (800 km) left to go and I am planning to go back and continue from where I left off – Superior, AZ.
That is about 3 weeks of hiking which I can do within a regular vacation period. Hopefully that can be in 2023
The Great Himalaya Trail
The Great Himalaya Trail is a route across the Himalayas from east to west. The original concept of the trail was to establish a single long distance trekking trail from the east end to the west end of Nepal that includes a total of roughly 1,700 kilometres (1,100 mi) of path.
There is a proposed trail of more than 4,500 kilometres (2,800 mi) stretching the length of the Greater Himalaya range from Nanga Parbat in Pakistan to Namche Barwa in Tibet thus passing through, India, Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet.
Although an actual continuous route is currently only a concept, if completed it would be the longest and highest alpine hiking track in the world.
I am really intrigued by this trail, as it seems a little hardcore, it has a lot of altitude, it is probably cold and it looks absolutely beautiful, so great opportunity for some amazing pictures 🙂
I haven’t really researched it yet, but for some reason it usually takes around 150 days, which seems quite crazy, taking into consideration that it is “only” 1,700 kilometers (1,056 miles).
But I will have to look into that, there is probably some logical reason 🙂
The Appalachian Trail
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, generally known as the Appalachian Trail or simply the A.T., is a marked hiking trail in the Eastern United States extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine. The trail is about 2,200 miles (3,500 km) long, though the exact length changes over time as parts are rerouted or modified.
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy describes the Appalachian Trail as the longest hiking-only trail in the world.
I would love to get my Triple Crown (you get that title by thru-hiking The Pacific Crest Trail, The Continental Divide Trail and The Appalachian Trail)
That means that I need to hike the Appalachian trail as well 🙂
Even though it is the least interesting trail of the three (at least in my opinion as I don’t really find hiking in woods especially interesting) I think it might be an awesome experience because of the social aspect of the trail, and because all the trail towns that seems to have really integrated with the whole trail culture.
Only time will tell if I manage – I will probably take me another year to save up the money, so before I am ready it will be 2025 🙂 but it’s always good to have something to look forward to.
Pyrenean Haute Route
The Pyrenean Haute Route (or HRP for Haute Randonnée Pyrénéenne) is an approximately 800 km (497 mi) traverse of one of Europe’s most beautiful mountain ranges. Stretching from the Atlantic ocean to the Mediterranean sea, it crisscrosses the natural boundary between Spain and France, staying close to its watershed throughout most of its undulating course.
This is a trail I really wanna do as it is possible to hike it in about a month so I can do it by just using my vacation time.
The scenery looks amazing and hiking in the mountains just have a magical feeling when you look out over the landscape beneath. And hiking through those small remote towns sounds so nice and calm. I’m sold 😉