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I was wondering if anyone had any great sites they used to plan hiking and backpacking trips? Other than this one, of course ;)
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You don't need a hike planning website. It's not rocket science to plan a hike. Pack gear, put gear in car, go to trailhead, hike...

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None.

Just look at maps.

Followed by guidebooks sometimes.

Way more information and way more objective.
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This is probably the best one I've found so far:

http://forums.backpacker.com/cgi-bin....3107219
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www.hikearizona.com
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www.wnytrails.com
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Backpacker magazine and Backpacker.com have lots of trail recommendations, reviews, etc. This forum has "Destination" sub-forums devoted to specific geographic regions with lots of discussion and trip reports on particular trails.

Start with some sort of geography -- often someone is looking for a hike in their particular area, or near where they will plan to be. Or, you may have heard of a great destination but don't know what hikes to look into there. There are many websites and forums devoted to specific destinations, as you can see from some of the ones people have cited for you. Another example, I'm spending a lot of time lately on a site devoted to very detailed reports and maps and such on Yosemite because I'm going there next week, but otherwise I wouldn't be looking at that site. If you are looking for ideas in your area just google "hike [CITY]" and similar and you probably will find sites specific to what you're looking for.

If you have your geography narrowed down a bit then you can just ask on here.


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Usually the website of whatever place I'm planning to go to and then probably Acmemapper for a look of the areas topo and satellitee views.
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Googleearth.  Search for a neat looking area.  Search on internet to see if anyone has been there and written it up.  Plot a route.  Then transfer to Mapsource, plot it out there.  Recheck on Googleearth.......good to go.  I get ideas from a myriad of sources on places to look.  Generally like to plan a good portion off trail
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http://forums.backpacker.com/cgi-bin....e+gulch

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Planning sites? Maps?

Get to TH. Put on pack. Start walking. Stop when tired, eat when hungry, sleep when sleepy. What more planning is needed?


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Yes, maps.

While it is written * "not all those who wander are lost", that's the way to bet.

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Yes, maps.

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That's what I find to be the best planning tool.  Hard to beat basic topo maps if you know how to read them.


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While it is written * "not all those who wander are lost", that's the way to bet.

Right. How can someone be lost if they don't care where they are?  :p


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Stole my answer. "A little known site called...."
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I have only planned day hikes up to this point but a map coupled with a guidebook cant hardly be beat i dont think
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portlandhikers.org

nwhikers.net


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www.mytopo.com is a great source for maps. Instead of carrying several USGS maps, you can carry one map (on waterproof plasticized paper) customized for the location of your trip.

They cost about $15, which is money well spent in my book.
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Read the OP's question, and stop projecting your experience on others, silly trolls.

prep.a.trip has a bunch of tools for preparing just about any kind of outing. They have a nice feature where you can trace a route on their map and it will give you elevation and distance.

And they have a gear checklist for those with less experience, and can be used to assign items for individuals to bring. Also lets you set up carpool assignments. Pretty cool, especially for larger groups.


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Read the OP's question, and stop projecting your experience on others, silly trolls.

That's really dumb. The interesting thing about conversations is that they are not linear. They turn and branch off into (sometimes) interesting directions not necessarily anticipated at the beginning of the conversation.

And that's a good thing--life would be extremely dull (as would this site) if all conversations always proceeded along a straight path.
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I use Alltrails.com.  It has the National Geographic topo maps as well as trails Illustrated,  Terrain, map and satellite view.  I can map and save routes, export as gpx files, check elevation gain,  print all of the maps etc. You have to pay for it, I got a great introductory rate, not sure what it costs now.

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Google earth.  Always nice to see from space.

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Read the OP's question, and stop projecting your experience on others, silly trolls.

That's really dumb. The interesting thing about conversations is that they are not linear. They turn and branch off into (sometimes) interesting directions not necessarily anticipated at the beginning of the conversation.

And that's a good thing--life would be extremely dull (as would this site) if all conversations always proceeded along a straight path.

It's not dumb. Someone asked a question, and everybody's giving an answer, but not a useful answer.

I think it's dumb to offer useless information.

She didn't ask, 'What's the best way to plan a hiking route?' No, she asked about planning websites. I gave her one.

'Map?' Is that a website? Hmm... I find that a dumb answer.


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It's dumb to expect any conversation in any internet forum anywhere to conform to your limited expectations... this has been so since the days of amber screens, 1200 baud modems, and running that telephone wire from the desk all the way through the house to the 286 you paid $4,000 for.... It's dumb to whine about it too. It'll happen again, just as it has 1000,000,000,000,000 times before... better run away before it annoys you again. "You people need to do what I say you should do and stay on topic!" Well.... have a look at how well this forum is moderated. By US most of the time. Unless the admin is ready to smack down the law on every single thread, good luck with that. (This forum is actually one of the most well mannered I've found....)

OP: There are no websites for planning your hike. There are plenty of national park sites, state park sites, trip report websites set up by hikers, forums, backpacking food recipe sites (some of which have more features than others) and also tons of photos posted in people's flickr or smugmug albums.

You access information by.... going to google, punching in the hike you think you might like to do, and watching all the links pop up on the page of results. Not sure what trail or destination? visit a park page and look at the lists of trails. Then Google.

There are also tons of guidebooks on the shelves at bookstores, or on Amazon - or they are available on a limited basis via Googlebooks.

I plan hikes and trips by looking at the list I've developed over the years from looking at maps. What maps? The ones online - like Acmemapper in which I look up destinations I find in guide books or word of mouth....

A backpacking group can be an excellent place to start, if you're trying to figure out places to go locally.


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OP: There are no websites for planning your hike. There are plenty of national park sites, state park sites, trip report websites set up by hikers, forums, backpacking food recipe sites (some of which have more features than others) and also tons of photos posted in people's flickr or smugmug albums.

That's pretty ignorant. Not only did you not provide a useful answer, but ignored a useful one. Did you even bother to look at the site I suggested?

Ironically, it's called PREPATRIP.com

It's a TRIP PLANNING WEBSITE!

It helps people who may not have as much experience as some of us, who may not have a memorized list from years of backpacking. Or even if they do, and are introducing some people to what we find so enjoyable -- this is a good way to ensure everyone has everything they need. It has an interactive map feature for those who may not understand 'elevation' in our terms.

FYI: I've been building websites since web-safe pallets, and have run a bulletin board before, so...


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