Still trying to figure out your 2016 summer vacation plans? We’re familiar with the late-April scramble to put your summer trip together. For hikers and backpackers, we can’t help but recommend Backpacker Magazine’s 100 Best National Park Trail Miles. Now, it’d be quite tricky (but definitely not impossible) to string all 100 miles together in one trip (unless you’ve got lots of vacation time and airline miles stored up) – but why not pick one park and explore their best trails?
Call us biased, but we think the hiking the Goat Trail to Skolai Pass in Wrangell St. Elias National Park are the best 10 miles on the list (and definitely the only ones remote enough to require bush plane access). This route combines pleasant tundra hiking with spectacular valley, mountain, and glacier views. The last few miles of the hike through Skolai pass offer incredible wildlife viewing opportunities, as bears and caribou frequent the area. We offer 4 – 6 day versions of this hike, giving you options for day hikes around Skolai Pass at the end of your trip.
All in all, it’s one of our favorite trips in the park, and we’re excited that the experts at Backpacker Magazine think so too!