Backpacking Guides and Trips

Yellow Jacket Ranger Station Photo
Wildflowers Photo
Yellowjacket Creek Photo
Waterfall Photo
Frank Church Wilderness - Yellowjacket lake out and back
by Swietlik on Jul 10, 2014
Backpacking | 18.8 miles
Got this one from a someone at the ranger station in challisGetting to the trailhead is an almost 50 mile process, but it is very do-able in a sedan.  I drove out there in a honda accord without any problems.  I don't remember the exact details but I do remember you turn off highway 93 onto Morgan Creek Rd (FR 55) and you follow that for approx 25 miles before turning on...
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Tonto NF - 4 Trail Loop (includes the AZ/Highline, Gen. Crooks, & Pine Canyon Trails)
by Swietlik on Apr 02, 2013
Pine, Arizona, United States
Backpacking | 30 miles
This loop combines a section of the AZ trail that is also the Highline Trail, Webber Trail, Pine Canyon Trail, and General Crooks trail to do an approx. 30 mile loop around the Mogollon Rim.We did this as 2 night 3 day hike.  I marked every pre-established campfire ring that I found as a waypoint.  Really nice campsites that were also next to running creeks I marked with a +++. We did...
Top of Trail Pass Photo
Little Whitney Meadow Photo
Cow Camp Photo
Inyo NF - Golden Trout Wilderness Loop
by Swietlik on Jul 25, 2012
California, United States
Backpacking | 33 miles
Did this as a 4 day / 3 night back packing trip.we did roughly 8 miles each day, I have broken the story down by day.There are some good areas to camp on top of trail pass & at the top of the pass that has no name that you do near the end of the third day but no water at these spotsThe places where we camped are marked by 3...
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Los Padres NF / Sespe Wilderness: Willet Hot Springs Out and Back
by Swietlik on Apr 02, 2012
Ojai, California, United States
Backpacking | 10.7 miles
Backpacking Trip to Willet Hot Springs in the Sespe WildernessThe road to the parking lot is dirt but a high but low clearance cars and sedans should not have a problem making to the lot.  I think a parking permit ($35 dollars a year?) is required, but we were there for 3 days without a parking permit and did not receive a warning or ticket.The sespe river level can vary quite a...
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Bryce Canyon NP: Under the Rim Trail (South Section)
by Swietlik on Jun 05, 2011
Kanab, Utah, United States
Backpacking | 13.3 miles
Park your where the trail ends and then hike back to it.  There is a small parking lot where the trail ends. You will have to check with NPS about leaving your car there overnight.  The shuttle service will make a special pick up for you and then drive you to Rainbow point if you ask them nicely.  This offers some really great views.  But most of the best scenic spots do...
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Bryce Canyon NP: Under the Rim Trail (North Section)
by Swietlik on Jun 04, 2011
Tropic, Utah, United States
Backpacking | 15.0 miles
Park your car at any of the campground parking lots.  They are all pretty close to one another and clumped together at the northern section of the Park. Then use the shuttle service to get dropped off where the trail starts and hike back to your car.  The NPS runs the shuttle service and will make a special drop off for backpackers and hikers if you ask them nicely.  This offers some...
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Death Valley NP: Cottonwood Springs Out and Back
by Swietlik on May 18, 2011
Skidoo (historical), California, United States
Backpacking | 23 miles
The file contains two tracks.  The first track contains the off-road route to reach the trail.  The second track contains the hike itself.The off-road route requires, without a doubt, an off-road vehicle, Either 4 wheel drive or high clearance or both.  We had a 4 wheel drive car, but it was not very high clearance.  It took us an hour and fifteen minutes to get to the trail head from Stovepipe wells.The...
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Loyalsock Trail
by Swietlik on Sep 12, 2010
Williamsport, Pennsylvania, United States
Backpacking | 59 miles
I got this trip from backpacker magazine's Oct 2010 issue.  It was the featured trip.  The gpx tracks that they provided on their website are outdated and inaccurate, probably because it was made before the trail was changed in 2009.  Not that it really matters, no track or gps is necessary for this hike because there are trail markers EVERYWHERE.  Every 20 feet or so in some places.  There are times when...


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