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Father/Daughter backpack trip ideas
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Contributors to this thread:
Sivart 29-Aug-22
Jaquomo 29-Aug-22
Beendare 29-Aug-22
Jordan 29-Aug-22
Rut Nut 29-Aug-22
Jordan 29-Aug-22
Mule Power 29-Aug-22
Jaquomo 29-Aug-22
JohnMC 29-Aug-22
SBH 29-Aug-22
Norseman 29-Aug-22
Sivart 29-Aug-22
[email protected] 29-Aug-22
Sivart 29-Aug-22
Jordan 29-Aug-22
wildwilderness 29-Aug-22
Mule Power 30-Aug-22
BULELK1 30-Aug-22
DanaC 30-Aug-22
Sivart 30-Aug-22
JohnMC 30-Aug-22
elkster 30-Aug-22
nchunter 30-Aug-22
KSflatlander 30-Aug-22
Franzen 31-Aug-22
KC9 31-Aug-22
From: Sivart
29-Aug-22
My 13 yr old and I are trying to plan a backpack trip for next summer. Looking for ideas.

From: Jaquomo
29-Aug-22
How far and for how many days? Does fishing matter?

From: Beendare
29-Aug-22
Yosemite

From: Jordan
29-Aug-22
Look up Peter Hirst on FB and he has a wealth of knowledge about the John Muir Trail in CA. Peter is great....I used to work with him when we both part timed at Eldora Ski Resort.

The Colorado Trail is not a bad choice I hear.

29-Aug-22
I was going to suggest Isle Royale but some of the trails and camps are still temporarily closed due to a recent fire

From: Rut Nut
29-Aug-22
If it is next Summer, I would suggest anywhere in the high country to try to avoid the heat.

From: Jordan
29-Aug-22
Isle Royale made me think of suggesting a portage and paddle trip up in the boundary waters of MN.....very cool thing to do. Watch out for leeches in between yer toes and skeeters and no see ums.

From: Mule Power
29-Aug-22
Anywhere around the Jackson Hole area is beautiful and you could break it up with a day or two in Yellowstone if she’s never seen that.

From: Jaquomo
29-Aug-22
Bridger Wilderness out of Boulder Lake trailhead. Popo Agie wilderness in the Wind Rivers. In CO, the Rainbow Lakes trail in the Mt Zirkel wilderness is a nice beginner route too, very pretty, not crowded.

From: JohnMC
29-Aug-22
By daughter is now 19 we have done a lot of hunting. If first time I might consider a truck camping trip with hikes from there. Backpacking in first time you will lose a lot of comforts from a camp you can drive to. Or maybe hybrid it. Backpack in for a night. Next night head back to camp at truck have a good meal. If single night of backpacking went well maybe stock back up a try again for 2-3 nights. Also at that age they can go for ever on flat ground. Add a little weight and a lot of climbing can be tough. Last make sure the weather is ok backpacking sucks if it rains most of the time. Don't let that be her first trip, she will never want to go again.

From: SBH
29-Aug-22
All kinds of great hikes and lakes in MT. Avoid grizzly areas if you can. Plenty of places to go where you don’t have to worry about that with your kiddo. Happy to send you a few if you decide to come out this way.

From: Norseman
29-Aug-22
Gila Wilderness

From: Sivart
29-Aug-22
I was planning on about a two nighter, as she is a beginner, but in very good shape. See how it goes, and either do another 2-3 nigher, or just truck camp from there.

29-Aug-22
Geneva lake out of Marble, CO is very pretty. Good climb but not that far. There are other routes to get back down to extend it. An easy but beautiful 4x4 road to get to the trailhead.

From: Sivart
29-Aug-22
Also fishing would be a bonus

From: Jordan
29-Aug-22
well hell....find a hike down the frying pan then......

29-Aug-22
John Muir Trail

From: Mule Power
30-Aug-22
Look to the different ranger stations for Forest Service rental cabins. They also rent fire towers in some areas. But a cabin along a stream with trout in it would be a great over nighter. I know of one if you want to PM but the native cutts and bull trout there are that big. Eaters though!

From: BULELK1
30-Aug-22
Plenty of Trailheads on the North Slope of the Uinta Mnts. in Utah.

You could do your 2-3 days easily and fish, see elk, moose, mule deer mnt goats. bighorn sheep ~~ No Grizzz and No wolves.

Plus, it's OTC bow elk tags, so ya could do a scouting trip too.

Feel welcome to reach out to me if ya want some more specific intel.

Good luck, Robb

From: DanaC
30-Aug-22

DanaC's Link

From: Sivart
30-Aug-22
Such great info, fellas. Really appreciate it. Something I've wanted to do with her for years. Been super hard to compete with all of the teenage sports activities. We're finally going to carve out a date, and commit to it.

From: JohnMC
30-Aug-22
Dana provided you great list to stay away from unless you really enjoy being around lots of people.

From: elkster
30-Aug-22
I'm sure glad I did these trips with my daughter when she was that age, even though it was difficult to fit in with all the teenage lifestyle activities and traveling from Georgia to the Rockies to do so. Best memories and she still wants to backpack and camp. We will be going to Wyoming in a month.

From: nchunter
30-Aug-22
If you decide to do the Appalachian trail in Virginia then give me a holler. I may have a place the two of you can stay for a few nights. A 2 day canoe trip on the New River is a load of fun. Awesome smallmouth fishing too.

From: KSflatlander
30-Aug-22
Sivart- try allTrails.com. You can search an area in the U.S. you can filter for difficulty, length, type (loop, out and back, point to point).

There are some good hikes in Arkansas and Missouri too.

From: Franzen
31-Aug-22
Cirque of the Towers - Wind River Range

Seven Devils - Hell's Canyon Area

Due diligence to get her hooked...

From: KC9
31-Aug-22

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Might consider a Llama. I used them when the kids were younger and we were able to bring so much more. We could go in much further with a few more luxuries.

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