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Hiking National Scenic Vs. Hiking Routes by Jada Lippincott
A few weeks ago I completed my thru-hike of the Grand Enchantment Trail (GET), an ~800 mile route expanding from Albuquerque, NM to Phoenix, AZ. First off, The GET is the most beautiful mile-by-mile route that I have ever hiked. From the desert lowlands, to traversing mountain ridges, to fording rushing rivers, to scrambling up steep canyon walls, the GET has truly got it all. Now, you may be asking yourself, “why haven’t I heard of the GET?”. You are probably most familiar with the 11 National Scenic Trails that make up our ‘official’ trails here in the US. Outside of our National Trails system, we have tons of other routes, which simply connect littler trails to create one large trail - like the GET. If you’ve never gotten off the beaten path before, route finding can be a little scary. We’re talking remote, we’re talking burly, and we’re talking beautiful. I’m going to be explaining five differences between hiking National Scenic Trails and Hiking Routes!
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Camino Olvidado: The Forgotten Way By Sara Dhooma
The Camino Olvidado is one of the most ancient Camino de Santiago routes, leading walkers through the southern valleys of the Cantabrian Mountain range.  The path begins in Bilbao and winds approximately 500 kms southwest to connect with the Camino Frances at Villafranca del Bierzo.  This Camino is best suited for intrepid, experienced walkers who seek an authentic pilgrimage experience.
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What I Learned Hiking the PCT - By Dave Stamboulis
Hiking the entire Pacific Crest Trail in one go is the journey of a lifetime, and regardless of how prepared and planned you arrive for it at the start, the trail will both alter and defy your expectations. I first learned about the PCT in the 1980s, when I read The High Adventures of Eric Ryback, one of the earliest books written about walking the world’s longest contiguous footpath. Growing up in California and backpacking frequently in the Sierras and then later living in Washington and climbing in the North Cascades, I often crossed paths with the PCT and hiked parts of it, but it wasn’t until my 60th birthday this past year, that I decided to celebrate my advancing age by setting out with my wife to try and walk the whole thing. Here are a few things I learned along the way.
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