How to Plan For Hiking

In this post I will try to summarize general information and resources I use to plan for my hiking trips. This is applicable for United states ans may not work for other countries.

1- Gather information about destination and requirement.

For information about national parks, wilderness areas, protected areasĀ  and printable maps this site has a lot of information:

https://nationalmap.gov/small_scale/printable/fedlands.html#list

Information about trails in every state:

https://www.hikingproject.com/directory/areas

Plan your trip with Amtrak:

https://www.amtrak.com/plan-your-trip.html

and Greyhound ( I recommend you rent a car):

https://www.greyhound.com/

Free GPS maps:

https://www.gpsfiledepot.com/maps/state/all

and I also use Google Earth and Google maps.

National Geographic has a lot of detailed topographic maps for hiking. Here you can check them on map:

http://www.natgeomaps.com/trail-maps/trails-illustrated-maps

If you want to know about free camping ( In case you couldn’t use disperse camping):

https://freecampsites.net/

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And if you want to reserve a campground use :

https://www.recreation.gov/

Please note that sometimes you should reserve your camp few month before you go there.

 

2- Manage your gears:

After you finished planning you may need to shop for few items or check them.

Rei has unique collection and great customer service. Quality is very good but personally I prefer to avoid products from China. I have tested a lot of them and usually they failed me in very bad conditions. I prefer to wait and save and pay more for higher quality. Even other countries in east Asia have better quality in my experience.

https://www.rei.com/

Vargo has awesome tools and all made in USA:

https://www.vargooutdoors.com/

For old school tarp check: http://bushcraftoutfitters.com/

And bushcraft items in : https://www.selfrelianceoutfitters.com/

Trangia has very cheap and high quality cooking systems: http://trangia.se/en/

For stove check Sierra stoves. They are amazing and I prefer them to biolite. I never liked rechargable items.

http://zzstove.com/index.html

I have also seen a lot of good reviews on solo stove:

https://www.solostove.com/

For ultralight tarps and tents Six moon designs is one of the best: https://www.sixmoondesigns.com/

For bear canister check bare-box : www.bareboxer.com/products.htm

and Backpacker cache : http://www.backpackerscache.com/

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