10 Trails That Should Be on Every Bucket List - Page 10
10. Great Range Traverse
Adirondacks, New York
Photo by Mwanner
The Great Range is an 11-mile chain of mountains in the heart of the Adirondacks’ High Peaks. Completing the whole enchilada—i.e. summiting all peaks between Hedgehog Mountain and Mount Marcy—is an exercise in choosing your own adventure, as no standard route exists. Jan Wellford, who set the Fastest Known Time (FKT) with a 25-mile route in 2009, reported approximately 9500 feet of elevation gain. The ridge itself is steep, rugged and not particularly runnable in most places (there are long stretches of rock scrambling and ladder climbing), so bring trekking poles and carry lots of water. If you can tough out the numerous false summits, eroded trail beds and steep sections, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the Range. There’s a reason Backpacker Magazine named it one of the most challenging day hikes in the United States.
Suggested by reader Andrew Whitlow.
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