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Trail Tip: Holiday Weekend Trip Planning

Aaron Zagrodnick

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Aaron Zagrodnick

For most backpackers who aren’t retired, independently wealthy, or haven’t saved up to take extended time off work to hike a long-distance trail or go otherwise explore our public lands, the few holidays which fall in reasonably good three-season backpacking weather can help extend trips without dipping into valuable vacation days. Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, and Columbus Day are the holidays most relevant to backpackers. Regional conditions do play a large part in how much these can be enjoyed, however. In the Rocky Mountain West, Memorial Day is nearly always too early for passes to be melted out and backcountry travel in the high country is limited. In the Southeast, the Fourth of July can see oppressive humidity and high temperatures that make backpacking unappealing. Regardless of which holiday is most suited to enjoying the public lands in your region...

@Mark details these tips that will help with your holiday weekend backpacking trip planning - take a look in our Issue 44 Trail Tip:

Trail Tip: Holiday Weekend Trip Planning

Tip for Avoiding Crowds While Backpacking on Holiday Weekends

Issue 44 Page 1

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