Alpe-Adria-Trail - information, stages & highlights - with a dog in Slovenia (2023)

"Cross-border voyage of discovery from the glacier to the sea - hiking in the Garden of Eden", logical that my feet were itching with this description of the Alpe-Adria-Trail. I wanted to go, preferably right away. And yes, this Alpe-Adria-Trail is a great way: Through the high mountains, along an enchanting Soca with incredibly friendly hosts and many varied paths. Nevertheless, this path did not convince me in every point, but almost.

ATrekking in the Alps in Aprilalways involves a certain risk due to the uncertain weather conditions. Not everything we wanted actually worked out. Nevertheless, it turned out to be a great 9-day tour. We start in Carinthia, Austria, cross Slovenia and end in Cividale, Italy. We master amounts of snow up to 50 centimeters high and also run in shorts with sleeveless shirts at 25 degrees and sunshine. It doesn't feel like 180 kilometers, but as if we had walked all the way from the glacier to the sea - only in fast motion. It doesn't get any better than mid-April. If it weren't for the many asphalt sections.

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In this article you will learn everything about our hike on theAlpe-Adria-Trail in 9 days in spring. I'll give you general information about the trail here, introduce you to my stages and highlights, and tell you where you can best spend the night with your dog on this section.

1. Most important information about the Alpe-Adria-Trail
2. Best Season
3. Hiking with a dog

5. Arrival and planning aids

Most important information about the Alpe-Adria-Trail

The Alpe-Adria-Trail leads from the foot of the Grossglockner, Austria's highest mountain, for around 650 kilometers through the three Alpine countries of Austria, Slovenia and Italy to Muggia in Italy, near Trieste. Although it reads like crossing the Alps, it isthe AAT is not a high trail. At 2,370 meters, the highest point of the trail is the Franz-Josefs-Höhe at the foot of the Großglockner and at the same time the starting point of the long-distance hiking trail. In the course of the trail will only rarely exceed 2,000 meters.

Depending on the hiking guide, the long-distance hiking trail is divided into 34 to 37 stages. We walked 180 kilometers on our 9-day trekking according to the Rother hiking guide, which only lists 34 stages. The individual sections were doable, but after several days of between 20 and 30 kilometers per day, you should also add a shorter stage.

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On almost every trekking I'm always surprised how fast you actually get on foot. Whether 100 kilometers on the Harzer Hexenstieg or 7 days on the Meraner Höhenweg - when I stand on a high peak and can look at past or future paths, I am always amazed at how infinitely far 50 kilometers alone can seem. In this regard, the Alpe-Adria-Trail tops just about every path. Ascross-border trailit gives me an indescribable feeling of strength, especially on the border between Slovenia and Italy. The feeling of hiking through three countries and overcoming country-limiting mountain ranges is fantastic.

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Apart from unpredictable weather conditions, the Alpe-Adria-Trail is a veryeasy to walk long-distance hiking trail in the Alps, which can also be easily mastered by beginners. The stages should possibly be a little shorter for the very first trek or if you are in a moderate condition, but this route is generally not difficult. The markings are mostly in order, although a GPS track on the cell phone can't do any harm. A Slovenian stage is not well marked, here you have to follow the signs of the Soca Trail (Soska Pot). Also oneHiking with a dogis possible without problems, even recommended.

Best season for the Alpe-Adria-Trail

If you want to climb all the stages of the Alpe-Adria-Trail safely, i.e. snow-free, you have the months of June to October at your disposal. If you exclude the 1st stage, all the others can already be climbed safely in May. Personally, however, I found the route from Slovenia to Italy to be very warm in April when the weather was high on the last two stages. In many conversations, almost all hosts confirmed to me that the path gets almost unbearably hot in July and August, especially in the flatter Italian part. Asbest time of year to hike the Alpe-Adria-Trail, almost all indicated the months of May, September and October.

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However, we really wanted to start hiking in April. Our choice fell on the way despite only limited suitability. Except for our third stage over the Karawanken, this was not difficult. However, we were unable to walk the said stage due to the approximately 1 meter high snow situation, fresh snow and fog. If, like us, you are ready to bridge this stage or only start the path afterwards, you will almost certainly be able to march through it to Muggia in April.

Hiking with a dog on the AAT

As long as it's possible, we won't go anywhere without our Lotte. The Alpe-Adria-Trail is ideal for hiking with a dog. I can't remember a single difficult passage on the tour. It is comparatively easy to find accommodation on these 9 stages where dogs are allowed. In addition, at this point, praise should be given to the tourism associations, which even have the extra information on their websitedog-friendly accommodationsmarked with paws - I have rarely had to invest so little time in planning a long-distance hiking trail with a dog as I did on the Alpe-Adria-Trail.

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What further characterizes this long-distance hiking trail - especially on our 9 stages - is the proximity to the water. The Austrian and Slovenian stages almost always run along the water. Whether Ossiacher See, Wörthersee, Schluchtensteig, Soca or a fountain along the way, the dog has many opportunities to refresh itself. Only on the last leg of our multi-day tour was it warm and there were few refreshment options.

Our stages & accommodation

scarce eWe are in third of the Alpe-Adria-Trail in these 9 dayshiked, with the exception of stage 3 due to the weather conditions. These stages correspond to the official stages 20 to 28, in the Rother hiking guide stages 18 to 25.

starting pointendpointRouterisedescentLength of time
3(Baumgartnerhof)(Kranjska Gora)(21.2km)(1150m)(1260m)(8:30)
day trip8km780m790m3:00
4Kranjska Gora (Jasna)Thirty22.3 km820m1010m6:30
8TolminTribal di Spora21.1km1340m900m6:20
9Tribal di SporaCastelmonte13.1km480m530m3:15
In total178.8km6.190m6,010m47:35
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We have best on thatAlpe-Adria-Trail stages in Sloveniaplease. Even if it was a pity that we only hiked past the great mountains of the Julian Alps. My gaze went longingly up to the high, sugared peaks. Nevertheless, hiking along the Soca River (itl. Isonzo) is really impressive, especially our stage 5 as a hiker you simply have to have hiked! The play of colors of the Soca in the bright sun is really a bit like hiking in the "Garden of Eden", simply paradise.

As a mountain fanatic, I particularly liked our stages 7 and 8. Now the path becomes a bit hilly and rewards us with some great views, which I always wish for when I'm out and about in the mountains.

Stage 1 from Ossiach to Velden

It's not exactly glorious weather when we start our first stage from Steindorf am Ossiacher See at 8 degrees on the Alpe-Adria-Trail. But it doesn't really matter to me - I finally want to put one hiking shoe in front of the other again. This day is an excellent first day, not only because of my anticipation of finally hiking again. After a short warm-up hour, we turn into a spring-green forest and tackle 400 strenuous and reallyimpressive vertical meters on the gorge trail. Here, a stream fed by meltwater rushes down next to us, sometimes thundering, over green moss-covered rocks. A bit slippery, but no less beautiful, we hike through the gorge on small bridges or wooden paths.

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Slightly sweaty, we reach the Tauernteich after an hour. We have this little spot on the idyllic lake almost entirely to ourselves when we take a little breather, accompanied by the chirping of birds. Then we hike further through the forest over small bridges, past wood anemones and various early bloomers, still accompanied by the sound of the water. The short but somewhat tough section through the built-up area is marked with aView of the Wörtherseemade up for. The cool temperatures don't allow any longere break, but shortly before Velden, at Lake Saissersee, we pause for at least a few minutes before the Tauernkirche rings our way on the last few meters to Velden.

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We stayed the night in theBarry Memle Hotel. Everything is fine here, but a little sterile. The dog is allowed, but not in the breakfast room. We take a prominent, hectically laid table in the tiny foyer and are greeted in a friendly manner by all the hotel guests looking for breakfast, which is a bit strange.

Stage 2 from Velden to Baumgartnerhof

This morning I wake up to a gurgling laugh. Egyptian geese on the Wörthersee directly in front of our window seem to be having a funny chat while they are having their morning toilet. One step out onto the balcony and I enjoy the morning mood despite the cloudy sky. A great start to a perfect second day of hiking? Unfortunately not.

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Honestly: this stagefrom Wörthersee to Baumgartnerhöhewas the worst stretch I have ever walked on a long-distance hike. It started with an hour on asphalt through Velden and its rather less beautiful outskirts. A KThe short stretch through the forest didn't last long before it was replaced by asphalt again. And so it went happily on. A total of three quarters of the 24-kilometer stage we walked flat on concrete through a built-up area. My mood was in the basement, my conversation consisted of one-word sentences and I really just wanted to arrive. The last 2 kilometers, on which we have to climb another 400 meters in altitude at the end, I actually felt as a salvation even after 20 kilometers of hiking - that actually says it all.

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With reaching theBaumgartner Hof, at the same time accommodation of today, everything is getting better, because the inn is in a beautiful location, very warm hosts and good food. Without exception, I recommend everyone who hikes this stage, get on the train to Faak in Velden and walk the last 2 hours to the Baumgartnerhof, sit on the sun terrace and enjoy life. The view to the Faaker See and Wörthersee with the Karawanken in the back is really beautiful.

Stage 3 from Baumgartnerhof to Kranjska Gora

It was a calculated risk and it didn't work out: ours3rd stage on the Alpe-Adria-Trailwas impossible to commit. 1 meter snow depth on the Karawanken, plus fresh snow and lush fog. The path is marked near the ground - the hut landlady of the Baumgartnerhof told us that we couldn't get through. Two days ago a hiker tried it and came back hours later. We knew that this scenario could happen, but it still hurt us to have to bridge this stage. The Austrians and Slovenes are excellently networked in this area. A taxi from Slovenia takes us safely to the southern side of the Karawanken.

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But take a break on the third day? Absolutely no way! A half-day tour with 800 meters of ascent and descent is quickly planned, which really compensates us. 30 centimeter cutThere was also ee, because our tour took us to 1,550 meters. Fresh, a bit slippery and quite steep it went up. An unexpectedly comfortable break made this day perfect despite the tour interruption. 3 guys who want to open a hut on the way in 10 days made preparations there. So we were allowed to sip a shandy by the warm fire and got homemade snacks - what a compensation! By the way, we stayed the night in good conditionYouth Hostel Barovc.

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Stage 4 from Kranjska Gora to Trenta

On this 4th day on the Alpe-Adria-Trail we hikefrom snow to sunshine, a wonderful feeling. Warmly wrapped up, we start in Kranjska Gora along the enchanting Jasna lakes, in which peaks still covered in clouds are reflected on the smooth surface. Right after that we enter the famousTriglav National Parkand hike along the Prinica River. It probably doesn't have any water in summer, but in April we are surrounded by a quiet, sometimes a powerful noise. We climb meter by meter on rocky paths, because on this day we have to overcome the Vrsic Pass, at 1,611 meters the highest pass in Slovenia.

We easily master small hurdles, such as crossing an avalanche, which sometimes gives us knee-deep snow. But shortly before the pass, there is hardly a path to be seen. We therefore take the road to the pass for the last two kilometers. From here we look back to the Karawanken rather wistfully and impressing aheadrugged peaks of the Julian Alps. Finallyno fog and finally we see mountains.

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It then goes back down the road for a bit, until we turn back onto the normal hiking trail. Immediately we notice that we are on the south side. With the exception of a few shady passages, the amount of snow under our hiking boots decreases with every step. We take our deserved lunch break at a small river and enjoy the first warming rays of sunshine that day on our skin. A great moment. We then walk on beautiful hiking trails to theSoca-Quelle.

The river with the many faces accompanies us from now on in the following days. Already today we learn the so typical for this region,dizzying bridgesknow. I will swing on every single one and enjoy the bird's eye view of the Soca. We spend the night in simple hiking accommodationAccommodation Zorcin really nice rooms. We are self catering as the restaurant is closed. But there is a kitchen and a small supermarket open from Monday to Saturday until 19:00.

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Stage 5 from Trenta to Bovec

From Trenta to Bovec – it shouldthe most beautiful stage on the entire Alpe-Adria-Trailbe. And yes! It really was a paradisiacal tour! The only thing that is always the same, consisting of stony hiking trails, really gets on your feet after 20 kilometers. We follow the signs ofSoca Trails, because the AAT is not particularly well signposted on this section. This stage takes us pretty close along the Soca or breezy over it all day.

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Even today it is hard for me to imagine how often this river changes its face over 20 kilometers. At the beginning it flows gently in a wide river bed, because it falls violently down a few meters or narrows narrowly in a gorge. Depending on the sunlight, it is turquoise, green or light blue and so incredibly clear that you think you can see the smallest pebbles on the ground. Fly again and againdippers, who frantically get protein-rich food for the brood, pass us at breakneck speed. In the deep places, large trout make themselves much more comfortable. I'm so blown away that I touch the ground directly on the small asphalt road. My knees should also benefit from it… .

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At the end, after we walk a bit away from the Soca, the meadows are so lush that it almost hurts our eyes. A really successful stage! Our accommodation that dayApartments and Rooms Skokis right next to a sports shop. But our equipment is perfect and we don't have to improve.

Stage 6 from Bovec to Dreznica

At some point on yesterday's stage, winter simply turned into summer. This fantastic weather accompanied us today on theWeg von Bovec nach Dreznica. Blue sky, sunshine and around 18 degrees – after the snowy stages, it almost felt too warm on the path exposed to the sun. The first third of this 24-kilometer stage was wonderfully varied. Spring-green forests alternated with small villages and meadows lined with early bloomers. What a great start! The first destination of our hike was theWaterfall Slap Virje, a perfect destination for our breakfast break. Here, too, we were almost alone, which is probably the exception in summer.

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The idea of ​​getting refreshments was also an excellent idea, because when you reach the reservoir above the waterfalls, the path also requires mental strength. We hike the last two thirds of this stage on sheet, exposed to the now biting sunterig way high above the Soca - always nice in the funny ups and downs. No wonder that your feet burn and long to cool off in the nearby, but inaccessible Soca. At some point – I just got hooked on the idea of ​​cooling my boiling feet – we take a detour and get straight to the Soca. It hissed when I hung my swollen, hot feet in there - at least that's what I thought.

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The landscape changes the last two kilometers before our stage destination. We move away from the Soca and hike up through small mountain villages. The rounded, rolling hills look a bit like the Shire. I think I saw an Enz too. Really! Thisrolling hills with lush green grassin front of rugged mountains in the evening light, that was really great. Our landlady in Dreznica, we sleep well in theRooms Pri Lovriž, is not only friendly, but also organizes a private shuttle for us to the neighboring town because the restaurants in Dreznica are closed. This is really livedhospitality! On the way back we were even allowed to marvel at the illuminated church.

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Stage 7 from Dreznica to Tolmin

Our final full stage is ahead of us today and it's going to excite me. Because today it goes through the mountains and not just past them. I finally got my longed forvisions. I can even see the stage destination during our lunch break. This Alpe-Adria-Trail made it clear to me how motivating it is for me. But let's start at the beginning: We start directly for almost two hours with a 700 meter climb. I felt incredibly good, after all we've been on the road for almost a week. My condition is excellent, I walk up this mountain in a lively manner without being completely out of breath.

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What I personally particularly liked: We hiked a bit on theSlovenian Peace Pathbecause here, too, the mountain warfare raged during the First World War. Anyone who frequently visits my blog knows that I will be on the Italian for 8 weeks starting in JuneFriedensweg, dem Path of Peace, I'm on the road and this topic is very important to me. Our break passedwe ate in the sun and a fantastic view of the Soca Valley. Opposite is the mountain over which we go to Italy the next day. After descending to the Soca, my overheated feet take another icy footbath in the sparkling Soca – lovely! We spend the night inHostel Hildegardenand are very happy here.

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Stage 8 from Tolmin to Tribil di Spora

Yesterday was nice - today too! We can handle the first few kilometers along an asphalt road, because after that we just open our hiking bootsbest hiking trails. I really liked this stage. We started in sunshine and a comfortable 12 degrees - which rose to 23 on the thermometer during the day. From Tolmin in Slovenia we went to Tribil di Sopra, Italy. A total of more than 1,300 meters of ascent and 900 meters of descent show how sweaty this tour is even in spring. But we are rewarded with beautiful views.

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The way up to the Kolovrat, the ridge that theBorder between Slovenia and Italymarked, is strenuous but worthwhile. A great ascent with a small stream and a worthwhile goal! World War I raged on Kolovrat, which is also part of the Slovenian Peace Trail today. Volunteers posed hereFortifications from the 1st World War restored, through which we hiked directly. Impressive, with goose bumps when you consider that 300,000 people lost their lives in this area alone.

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Shortly thereafter we reach the Italian-Slovenian border and, thanks to the best weather, can even go as far as thelook at the Adriatic Sea. A dream! The way to Tribil di Sopra was also nice, even if it showed once again how many mountain villages are now deserted. In Tribil de Sopra, too, the feeling creeps up on us, and not only thatHostel La Finestra-Tribil Superioreonly to have for us, but the same whole village. It is highly recommended to book the hostel with half board. Yummy!

Stage 9 from Tribil di Spora to Cividale/Castelmonte

We shortened our last stage to Cividale. On this Alpe-Adria-Trail, I found that the distance was more of a problem for me than the altitude difference. After so many days with well over 20 kilometers I was flat. Lotte, our Munsterlander bitch too. She also struggled with her ankle on the front foot. She seemed to have represented herself. Our landlady also advised us to start early and walk only 4 hours to Castelmonte and from there take the bus to Cividale at 12:00. She said the last part wasn't pretty and Cividale was definitely worth a visit. So we started early and made itBus in Castelmonte. This only runs once a day!

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However, these last 4 hours for us to Castelmonte on the Alpe-Adria-Trail were aperfect end to a great trail. On really beautiful hiking trails, always with beautiful views, we trudged through the forest, past many small churches. Above all, the view back to the Slovenian peak VRN during a great breakfast break at the most beautiful picnic area of ​​the whole 1.5 weeks made these last kilometers almost perfect!

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Was Cividale worth it? Yes! This little town is really worth a visit - small, lively, and beautiful. We stay in the goodHotel Locanda Al Pomo d'Oroclose to old town and train station.

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Planning aids & directions

If you want to follow the tour: TheArrival and departureyou can organize yourself very well. We are by carto VillachArrived and have it above the train station (north) on thefree P&R car parkswitched off. Then we took the train to Steindorf, the start of our long-distance hike on the Alpe-Adria-Trail. In the end we took the train from Cividale to Udine (1-2 times an hour). From here there is a direct train to Villach at 7:14 in the morning and at 17:22 in the evening (as of April 2019). It's really well organized.
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Ifhiking guideI had thatAlpe-Adria-Trail: From the Grossglockner to Trieste. 41 stages. With GPS tracks*from Rother Bergverlag, but wasn't completely convinced. The directions sometimes seemed careless, so that I usually could not get a real picture of the respective stage in advance. Information on trail conditions was mostly missing, GPS tracks were imprecise and information on map selection was ambiguous. This is of course complaining at a high level, because the Roth hiking guides are always great when it comes to handling and overview.

If you are not sure but want to find out more about the route and the stages, you canhereorder a free, comprehensive brochure from the tourist office.

IfmapsI used three different maps for my 9 stages on the Alpe-Adria-Trail:

*If you follow one of these links and buy or book the product, I will receive a small commission. This does not increase the price for you. Earnings like this help me run my travel blog and social media for free.

Are you also planning to hike the Alpe-Adria-Trail? Or have you already hiked it? What were your best stages? And is it really that hot in July/August? I'm looking forward to your feedback!

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What is most difficult mountain to climb in North America? ›

Mount McKinley, Alaska (20,320')

As the highest peak in North America, McKinley (or Denali as most call it now) commands respect. Though not Himalayan in altitude, it is considered one of the most difficult mountains in the world to climb.

Which is harder the Pacific Crest trail or the Appalachian Trail? ›

That shows, when evaluating the most obvious factor, terrain, the AT is without question the more difficult of the two trails. Not only is the PCT graded much more favorably than the AT, you'll find a much more rugged tread with more rocks and roots on the AT.

What is the longest scenic trail in the US? ›

The national trail with the most trail-miles is the California National Historic Trail, which covers 5,665 miles across ten states. This trail commemorates the paths that thousands of emigrants took in the 1840s and 1850s, often by wagon, from the Midwest toward the Pacific in search of gold and opportunity.

What is the longest scenic trail? ›

List of long-distance trails in the United States
American Discovery Trail6,800Coast-to-Coast
Appalachian Trail2,194Appalachian Mountains
Arizona Trail825.2Arizona
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What is the only US national park too big for the Winter Olympics? ›

To date, Yosemite remains the only U.S. national park to bid for the organization of the Olympics, said Anthony Bijkerk, the secretary general of the International Society of Olympic Historians.

What is the most challenging trail? ›

The Snowman Trek in Bhutan is considered one of the most challenging treks in the world. It is a 217-mile (350 km) journey that takes around 25-30 days to complete. The trek begins in the district of Paro. From here hikers will pass through lush forests and cross nine high-altitude passes along the way.

Which national park is better Olympic or Rainier? ›

If you want to see a diverse landscape in one national park, be by the ocean, or explore a rainforest, Olympic National Park may be for you. If you would rather spend your time exploring around the tallest mountain in Washington or hike through wildflower fields, Mount Rainier National Park may be for you.

What are the deadliest peaks in the Alps? ›

Mont Blanc

Mont Blanc is arguably the most dangerous mountain in the world. The mountain has claimed as many as 8,000* deaths to date, it has killed more people than any other mountain and the fatalities just keep on coming.

Is it safe to hike in the Alps? ›

The most common hazards in the Alps include avalanches, lightning strikes and slips. While the first two hazards can be predicted somewhat by checking the weather forecast and conditions on the trail ahead of a hike, you need good hiking/mountaineering skills to avoid slips – which can prove fatal.

What is the longest walkable trail in the world? ›

The Great Trail, formerly known as the Trans Canada Trail, runs for a rather daunting 14,912 miles (or 24,000km) and is currently the longest hiking trail in the world. There are also some stunning options elsewhere, travelling through Italy, Japan and even along the coast of England.

What is the longest hiking only trail in the world? ›

The world's longest designated hiking trail is the Pacific Crest Trail, which runs for 4,260 km (2,650 miles) along the West Coast of the USA between the Mexican and Canadian borders.

What is the longest offroad trail in the US? ›

The TransAmerica Trail or TAT is a 4,253-mile (6,845 km) transcontinental vehicular route, intended as a recreational pathway across the United States using a minimum of paved roads, traveled by dual-sport motorcycles, off-road vehicle, or touring bicycle.

What is the farthest hike in one day? ›

24 hours The greatest distance walked in 24 hours is 228.930km 142 miles 440 yd by Jesse Castenda (USA) at Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA on 18-19 Sep 1976.

Which Caribbean island has the most wildlife? ›

In comparison to other Caribbean islands, Tobago has a far larger number of animal species. And because of Tobago's proximity to the South American continent, several bigger creatures liver here. Wild pigs, armadillos, a variety of reptiles, and even agouti can be found on Tobago.

How long is the Lost Dutchman trail? ›

A four mile mountain bike loop trail has opened at the park – this is a great way to enjoy the park's beauty while experiencing the famed Superstition Mountains!

Which hiking destination has a 13-mile loop with trails and scenic stops along the way? ›

In addition to fantastic scenery, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area offers some of the best hiking, rock climbing, biking, and outdoor recreation activities in the region. The 13-mile Scenic Drive offers several scenic overlooks, parking areas, picnic areas, and access to dozens of day hikes and trails.

Which is better to see Red Rock Canyon or Valley of Fire? ›

The Valley of Fire has a larger variety of scenery with vibrant colors and is Nevada's oldest state park. There are more red rock formations, such as arches, petroglyphs, and a slot canyon on the White Domes Trail. You also have a chance to see the desert bighorn sheep that live in this park.

How long should you spend at Red Rocks? ›

Most visitors spend around two to three hours visiting the park. This includes a stop at the visitor center, a few view points and a short hike at one of the many trailheads in the area.

What is the hardest Grand Canyon trail? ›

The Grand Canyon's Most Difficult Named Trail

Much of the Nankoweap Trail skirts cliffs that are hundreds of feet high. Here, Dewey Surby hikes one of the safer sections. Waterless. Not suitable for anyone with a fear of heights.

What is the hardest trail in Grand Teton? ›

Paintbrush Divide (Cascade & Paintbrush Canyons)

This is by far the most difficult hike on the list, but also by far the most rewarding. We completed the 19.7 mile loop within a long day, but many opt into spending the night in the wildflower soaked canyons.

What is the easiest hike down to the Grand Canyon? ›

The Rim Trail extends from the village area to Hermits Rest. Begin from any viewpoint in the Village or along Hermit Road. The Rim Trail offers excellent walking for quiet views of the inner canyon and for visitors who desire an easy hike. No water west of Bright Angel Lodge.

What is the most popular trail in Grand Canyon? ›

The Bright Angel Trail is the Grand Canyon's most popular trail, and for good reason – it boasts spectacular views as well as shade, water and bathrooms on average every 1.5 miles. It's an excellent choice for families and for people doing their very first foray into the Canyon's depths.

What is the steepest canyon in North America? ›

Hells Canyon
Hells Canyon Location in the United States Show map of the United States Show map of Idaho Show all
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StatesIdaho Oregon, Washington
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Has anyone been to the top of Grand Teton? ›

Franklin Spalding and ranch hands John Shive and Frank Peterson, made an ascent of the Grand Teton by way of the route which now bears Owen's and Spalding's names. Spalding, a veteran of many Colorado climbs, was the true leader on the more technical part of the climb at the top of the mountain.

Is the teton pass scary? ›

Please keep in mind that Teton Pass in extremely dangerous and is HAZARDOUS FOR OVERWEIGHT TRUCKS. Grade steepness, grade length and curve severity can cause trucks to lose control. DO NOT RISK IT.

What is the easiest route to the top of Grand Teton? ›

Most people opt to head up the Grand Teton either via the Upper Exum Ridge or the Owen Spalding Route. These two stand out because they are considered the “easiest” ways to the summit.

What is the longest Triple Crown trail? ›

Continental Divide Trail

The CDT is the most remote and solitary of the Triple Crown Trails. While the PCT and AT have thousands of hikers beginning around the same place around the same time, only a few hundred attempt the CDT annually. It is the longest of the trails, at over 3,000 miles.


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