When you set out on an epic backpacking trip, you need a reliable hiking stove set to get the cooking done.
It’s that time of year again–time to pack up, hit the trail, and get some backpacking stories under your belt. There are so many underrated, and highly rated, trails around the country that are ripe for more footprints.
But in order to get those stories and miles, you need to have the backpacking goods first, and that often entails a: pack, tent, pair of hiking boots, and hiking stove set. Choosing a trail also takes some planning. From the east to the west, here are incredibly trails where you can put your hiking stove set and backpacking skills to the test:
Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail, California
Like the name suggests, this trail begins on a mountain ridge and ends at the Pacific Ocean. Kicking off at the Santa Cruz Mountains, this trail winds through two state parks–Castle Rock and Big Basin Redwoods–where backpackers can soothing waterfalls and gargantuan Redwoods. This trail runs just under 30 miles, so it’s perfect to do backpack over the course of two to three days. It’s possible to thru-hike the trail in one day however, not only is that difficult, you also wouldn’t get the chance to bust out your hiking stove set.
Devil’s Path, New York
Located just 2.5 hours north of New York City, the Devil’s Path loop consists of at least three peaks (five, if you take detours) and 24.2 miles. The hike is nestled in the Catskill Mountains and is famous for the views of the entire Catskill Mountain range. It’s known for its lack of traverses–opting instead for some four-limbed hiking rock scrambling. The hike boasts many narrow rock passages, but is worth one of the best views on the east coast.
Spider Gap-Buck Creek Pass Loop, Washington
Take a week off of work and embark on this 44 mile journey Glacier Peak Wilderness. Spider Gap-Buck Creek Pass Loop consists of rugged terrain splattered with alpine lake–making every campsite perfect for a photograph. This backpacking trip takes approximately five days, with the first day being relatively mellow. It’s the second day that you start to gain elevation after hiking through Spider Meadow. The trail also intersects with the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), so you might be able to cook up something delicious with fellow hikers.
John Muir Trail, Sierra Nevada Mountains, California
The John Muir Trail is also a part of the PCT and is the longest backpacking trail on this list. Most backpackers allot three weeks to hike the trail, which would average about 10 miles per day. If you want to get one of the most epic tours of California’s public lands, this trail might be a top choice since it passes through Yosemite National Park, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, and Ansel Adams and John Muir wilderness.