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Hello all

I am looking to do some hiking in the Rocky Mountains next summer. I'm from Maine, so I've only ever experienced the northeastern thick woods hiking (which isn't bad at all - I love it). I'm looking to spend about 2 weeks and I'd like to spend the majority of my nights on the trails, so some pretty long hikes would make good suggestions.

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That's a pretty wide open question which covers a lot of territory.  There are so many wonderful areas to choose from in the Rockies that it's hard to make just one recommendation.  However, since it's the area I'm most familiar with I'll recommend the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness area in southern Montana. It's  fantastic area of abundant wildlife (including a healthy population of grizzlies), thick forest, deep canyons, rushing streams, hundreds of lakes and incredible above treeline hiking, which is, IMO, the best there is.  Being adjacent to Yellowstone National Park is an added benefit.  Googe them.  I think you'll be impressed.  Shoot me a PM is you'd like specific recommendations.

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COMPLETE Teton Crest Trail. Don't forgoe the sotuhern end and don't abbreviate it all to hades like so many do. IF you need more throw in some of the Old Skyline Trail too. 4 nights or more

Yellowstone's Bechler with Boundary Creek and Dunanda Falls thrown in. Don't forget to get the site at 3 Rivers Jct. and enjoy Mr. Bubbles too. 4 nights

Ross Lakes, Wind River Range. 2 nights.

Goodwin Lake Trailhead to Granite Hotsprings. 1-3 nights.

Continental Divide Crest [untrailed] combined with the Thorofare. 8 nights.

Some time in the Bearless Teeth too.


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Are you driving in or flying?
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No clue yet. Probably flying. More than likely flying.
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And thanks to the others, I will do some more research on your suggestions.
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Do you travel off-trail, or stick to trails? What are you more into--lakes, fishing, rugged terrain, sweeping vistas, seeing wildlife, etc? (I know, all of the above, but what's most important to you?)

What about solitude--how important is that?

And do you know when? If you're looking at mid-July or early, best to concentrate on the southern Rockies. (Snow years very a great deal, of course.)
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I like to travel off-trail, but trails are fine too. I want great views mostly. Rugged terrain is fun, too. Solitude is a plus for sure. I'm taking this trip to really get around and spend some time alone so that I can develop more as a person and discover more about myself. As for when - either the first three weeks after school or the last three weeks before school. All the weeks that I'm not West I plan to spend volunteering with the Maine Appalachian Trail Club.
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either the first three weeks after school or the last three weeks before school.

I'd go with the three weeks before school assuming that's late summer.  Otherwise, you're going to severely limit your options due to snow in the mountains.

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Yeah that would be late summer, so let's go with that.
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Some time in the Bearless Teeth too.

lol...................... :D
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Some time in the Bearless Teeth too.

lol...................... :D

Come on guys, you're envy is showing. :D

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I like to travel off-trail, but trails are fine too. I want great views mostly. Rugged terrain is fun, too. Solitude is a plus for sure. I'm taking this trip to really get around and spend some time alone so that I can develop more as a person and discover more about myself.

I'm with Jer: the Beartooths seems like a pretty good fit to me. There is lots of really spectacular, and, depending on where you go, not terribly difficult off-trail travel there.

I hate to be condescending, but it's hard to recommend some of the more intense off-trail trips in other places to someone with no experience in the "big mountain" west. We want you to have a fantastic trip, but we also want you to make it back safely. I think it's fairly typical for eastern hikers to somewhat underestimate how much the big western mountains can kick your butt.

As a plus, the Beartooth Highway is a really spectacular drive, too.
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I did some research and the Beartooth range looks fantastic. Where do I start?
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I did some research and the Beartooth range looks fantastic. Where do I start?

I'd start either at the Lady of the Lake trail head or the Island Lake trail head along US highway 212 (The Beartooth Highway). Both TR are relatively high sayingg a lot of elevation and both open into wide expanses of above tree line country., esp Island Lake.

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You can make a fantastic loop from Island Lake...Head back toward Sierra Creek to the area around Crystal and Alp Lakes. You can go off-trail via Jasper Lake, Donelson & Maryott Lakes in one direction, and by trail via Green Lake, Martin Lakes, etc, in the other direction. Fantastic trip, 4 days minimum. (I'd do more like 6 to have some base camp days.)
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