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Danielle Alling

Just a gal that likes playing and sleeping outside. Graphic designer, yogi, aspiring photographer, and van dweller of sorts. AT 2013, PCT 2016. IG: @danigoesoutside web: www.daniellealling.com

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Black Mountain Crest Trail (North Carolina)

By Danielle Alling

DISTANCE (one-way)11 mi (18km) DIFFICULTY TIME1-2 days​ ALTERNATIVE TOSouthern sections of the Appalachian Trail SOLITUDE Trek to the top of the AppalachiansEscape the crowds but reap all the views, steep ascents, and rough terrain of the Appalachian mountains in this rugged summit-bagging trek. Often known as the Most Difficult Trail of the East, you’ll climb up […]

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Coyote Gulch (Utah)

By Danielle Alling

DISTANCE (round-trip)28 mi (45 km) DIFFICULTY TIME3-4 days​ SOLITUDE Drop into the depths of Canyon CountryThis loop trek in the heart of Southern Utah takes you through some of the area’s most distinct desert features: erosion-carved arches and bridges, waterfalls, wide open washes, narrow fins, plateaus of slick rock, and deep canyons filled with native cottonwoods and […]

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Northeastern Isle Royale National Park (Michigan)

By Danielle Alling

DISTANCE (round-trip)40 mi (64 km) DIFFICULTY TIME4 days​ SOLITUDE A remote island oasisIsle Royale is one of the most remote and overlooked National Parks. The island has almost no services and you’re at the mercy of the local ferry to even get there.This trek begins from Copper Harbor in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where you catch a three-hour ferry […]

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Hayduke Trail (Utah & Arizona)

By Danielle Alling

DISTANCE (one-way)812 mi (1307 km) DIFFICULTY TIME1-3 months​ SOLITUDE The challenge of a lifetimeFrom Arches to Zion via the Grand Canyon, the Hayduke Trail is a long-distance route through the heart of canyon country. This extremely rugged, extremely challenging, and extremely remote path is for the experienced desert backpacker seeking a backcountry challenge like no […]

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Sierra High Route (California)

By Danielle Alling

DISTANCE (one way)195 mi (314 km) DIFFICULTY TIME3 – 6 weeks​ ALTERNATIVE TOThe John Muir Trail SOLITUDE Extreme elevation, extreme challenge, and extreme solitudeThe Sierra High Route may well be the country’s most spectacular and formidable route. Though it traverses the same country and largely parallels the John Muir Trail, the brave souls who accept the challenge […]

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Northern New Mexico Loop

By Danielle Alling

DISTANCE (round-trip)500 mi (805 km) DIFFICULTY TIME3 – 6 weeks​ ALTERNATIVE TOThe Continental Divide Trail SOLITUDE Explore the magic of the mountainsFording raging rivers, summiting snow-capped peaks, steeping in hot springs, and carefully descending into steep canyons are just some of the fun you’ll have on this unmarked route through the Land of Enchantment. The Northern New […]

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The 9 Best Backpacking Tents Under $200

By Danielle Alling

April, 2017: Not all of us can afford to spend an entire paycheck on a backpacking tent, but that shouldn’t keep any of us from getting out there. Whether you’re gearing up for a weekend on the lake with friends, a few days solo through the mountains or even a thru-hike, you’ll need a tent (unless […]