A friend and I are looking for a 2-3 day back-country hike in late May. Tough time of year with unpredictable weather and potential very wet trails from snow melt. Anyone have suggestions - we’re open to anywhere in the US within a 3-4 hour drive from a major airport.
Hiking from the Delaware Water Gap north for a couple days up to route 206 is a nice walk
If you really want to travel then I’d suggest Washington at the end of July early Aug. in the Cascades/Rainier area. That’s just amazing. I’ve done a number of hikes/climbs in that area. Just amazing country.
But be prepared. Be physically fit. Makes all the difference.
and up at Mt Charleston. hundreds of trails all levels, spectacular views.
Also they have guided night hikes if you wish.
RedRock and Mt Charleston are great. I've hiked them many times over. Not that far off is Zion in Utah. I'm not big on what I call the bus route. They have a bus that drops you off at each trailhead then picks you back up. You can use this to go from trailhead to trailhead. The only reason I'm not that big on them is one I've done everyone of them many times. The only one I would do again is the Narrows. I've moved on to more backwoods hiking. In Zion they have Back-country hikes. This fits me better. You need to get a permit to do these hikes. Fairly simple to do. I've shown up at the desk early in the morning was granted a permit for either that day or the next day. A very nice hike is the Subway. Try looking at few Youtubes on it. One thing is for sure you have to be in shape to do this hike. Its not for snowflakes. I'm 68 and my wife is 66. We have been hikers our whole lives. Almost anyone you see hiking the Subway is under 40. So we have had people saying stuff like I hope I can do this when I'm older. Which ever hike you take in Backcountry you will like. One more thing there are no Bears in Mt Charleston or Zion. There are mountain lions but the species in Mt Charleston are small. They do not bother humans. In Zion's backcountry the Kolob Canyons. There is a larger species growing between 80 - 200lbs. I've never heard of them bothering humans and I've spent a lot of time there. If you do see one the Rangers ask that you report it. Its mostly just for their records. To give them idea where they are living. I believe right now they think there are six of them stretch out over all of Zion. A Male mountain lion covers about 300 square miles. Where ever you go enjoy our great outdoors
hike in the Feather River Canyon. In California's Sierras. In general Cali is dry in May, but at higher elevations you'll still encounter lots of snow, especially this year I n NorCal, which make numerous waterfalls spectacular.
Awesome all - thanks for the tips! Will add red rocks to short list with Blue Ridge Mtn. and Yosemite options.