These are my upcoming planned adventures, and an ever-evolving list of some longer-term hiking goals.
Spring 2021: Arizona Trail, “AZT”
1290km / 801 miles
Dates: April 2021 – May 2021 (45 days)
Description: The AZT begins at the US-Mexico border, traversing biomes ranging from desert to boreal forest. Continuing across the Sonoran Desert, the route crosses the Gila River, winds through the Superstition Mountains and the Mazatzal Wilderness on its way to the Mogollon Rim and majestic San Francisco Peaks. The trail north takes hikers across the Grand Canyon, and topping out on the North Rim. On the Kaibab Plateau, the trail winds through conifer forests and red bluffs, and finishes at the Utah border on the edge of the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument.
Summer 2021: Pyrenean Haute Route, “HRP”
800km / 496 miles
Dates: July 1 2021 – August 4 2021 (35 days)
Description: The HRP begins at the Atlantic Ocean (near Hendaye, France), traversing the spine of the Pyrenees Mountains along the Franco-Spanish border, and ends at the Mediterranean Sea (near Banyuls-sur-Mer). It runs parallel the GR10 (France) and GR11 (Spain) hiking routes. Most of the route is on maintained trails, while the rest is cross country travel over rocky passes, steep snowfields, and some farmland. The route travels through remote terrain in three countries, France, Andorra, and Spain, though “refuges” offer comforts of civilization, meals, and indoor bunks at frequent (daily) intervals.
2021 and beyond:
Great Divide Trail (Canada, 702m/1130km)
Idaho Centennial Trail (Idaho, 901m/1450km)
Bibbulmun Track (Australia, 621m/1000km)
Hayduke Trail (Utah/Arizona, 800m+/1300km+)
Grand Enchantment Trail (Arizona/NM, 775m+/1250km+)
Brooks Range Traverse (Alaska, 1015m+/1633km+)