Perhaps the biggest aspect in planning to hike the Wonderland Trail is you knowing your hiking skills, abilities and habits. Rangers cannot tell you that. Nobody knows your skill level better than you. This is important when laying the foundation for your trip... selecting the proper distance between campsites. Do you live and hike primarily in mountainous terrain and climates, or lower elevation areas? Hiking on flat terrain for 93 miles is far easier than having to climb up three thousand feet with a full pack day, after day, after day. This sounds like something that should not have to be stated, but we often see hikers going beyond their skill level. This usually leads to injury, illness, misery and an early end to a long-planned trip."
Monday, January 3, 2011
GOAL: Wonderland Trail - August 2012
One of my goals this year is to start getting in shape to do the Wonderland Trail in August of 2012. What exactly is the Wonderland Trail? It's the 93 mile trek that circumnavigates Mt. Rainier. My goal next year: Wonderland Trail. Yes, it will be hard but with views like these? Come on.
Here is some information from the NPS website:
"The Wonderland Trail (WT) is 93 miles (150kms) long and encircles Mt. Rainier. It is a strenuous hike with lots of elevation gain and loss, through lowland forests and valleys and into high alpine and sub-alpine areas.
(all images via Google images)