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A wish list: Long Distance Hiking and Cycling Trails and Routes around the world

world map courtesy of geographykids.com

Oceania - Africa - South America - Asia - The Middle East - Europe - North America

First off, A HUGE CAVEAT: do not ever let yourself, your journeys, or your imagination be limited to existing "official" trails and routes!

The second thing is that "long distance" is a highly subjective term. My personal criteria is that a "long distance" journey should last at least a few weeks (three probably being about the minimum), but then what one person can cover in a week might take another person three weeks, and when it comes to multi-use trails, whether you are walking or cycling can obviously makes a huge difference in the trip duration. And what about, if you take my caveat to heart and want to string together a bunch of shorter trails into a long journey? This is probably how many longer distance trails got their start, and something I very much encourage you to do.
So the second caveat is that this list is highly subjective and far from comprehensive. That said, if you know of a route or trail that you think should be on this list, please email me and tell me about it.

And no, the map isn't upside down!

Oceania

--Australia--

Australian Alps Walking Track
This trail runs from near Melbourne to near Canberra along the spine of the eastern mountains, and comes into close enough proximity of the three highest mountains in Australia that you can "climb" them all in one day (only the second highest, Mt Townsend, requires so much as even minor scambling near the top). The mountains of this continent are geologically ancient and worn down, but the landscape is full of wonders nonetheless. 

Australia has some great long distance hiking trails, through a diversity of landscapes. For info on these, as well as a some shorter trails, follow this bushwalking link on John Chapman's website.

--New Zealand--

Te Araroa
Te Araroa - The Long Pathway - is a 3000-km trail stretching from Cape Reinga in the North of New Zealand to Bluff in the South.  


 

Africa


There do not appear to be any "official" long distance routes in Africa. This is hardly surprising since Africans undoubtedly have other priorities, being as Africa is the poorest continent on earth (one which is still trying to recover from extensive exploitation by european colonialism). According to the IBIKE website, walking is the major form of transportation here. A few non-africans have explored the continent on foot - watch the video below - and certainly quite a few have done so by bike. Whether or not this is another form of colonialism is of course open for debate and something that every world traveller can only answer for themselves.

 

 

South America

--Chile--

Sendero de Chile (Chilean Trail)

A super ambitious project to create a 9700 km trail running the length of Chile. The official site is in spanish. A bit of english language info is available at this site. The trail was original slated for completion in 2010, but the trail is still very far from complete. Don't let that stop you though!

In the fall of 2014 I received an email from Jan Dudeck about an unofficial trail that he has pieced together: The Greater Patagonian Trail. Information on this project is available at www.wikiexplora.com/index.php/Greater_Patagonian_Trail.


 

Asia

--Nepal--

Great Himalaya Trail (GHT)


 

The Middle East

--Turkey--

The Lycian Way and St. Paul Trail


 

Europe

The Iron Curtain Cycling Trail

--Scotland--

Southern Upland Way


 

North America

--Canada--

Great Divide Trail (GDT) - Alberta and British Columbia

The Kettle Valley RailTrail (KVR) - British Columbia


The Nuxalk-Carrier Grease Trail (Alexander MacKenzie Trail) - British Columbia

There isn't really a website for this 350+ km historical trail between the Fraser River near Quesnel and the Rainbow Ranges in Tweedsmuir Park, but check out this site for a bit of info about both the First Nations' and european history of the trail.
The best source of info for actually hiking the Nuxalk-Carrier Grease Trail (Alexander MacKenzie Trail) is John Woodworth and Halle Flygare's pocket guide In the Steps of Alexander Mackenzie. There are still a few copies of the 2nd edition (published in 1987 - but still very useful) available from John Morton at the Kopas Store in Bella Coola. Email him at jmorton(at)belco.bc.ca (replace the at with @) or phone 250-799-5553.


East Coast Trail - Newfoundland

La Route Verte - Quebec's amazing province wide network of bike routes and trails!

Vancouver Island Spine Trail - a proposed 700 kilometer trail from Victoria to the north end of the island.

Bruce Trail - Ontario

...and of course theTrans Canada Trail

 

--USA--

 Great Enchantment Trail (GET)

Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)

For a more comprehensive list of north american long distance trails check out the
American Long Distance Hiking Association.


Where the trail ends, let your imagination soar - the adventures are limitless...


http://www.groundtruthtrekking.org/Journeys/WildCoast.html

 

This is just a start...I will be adding to this, but thought I'd upload what I have for now.

copyright Alex M. Grove, 2007-2017

 

 

Alex's journals

Spring 2016
Arizona Trail / Grand Canyon

June 2015-Jan 2016
Pacific Coast Hike

Summer/Fall 2014
Oregon Coast Trail

Trans Canada Trail Section Hikes
2014    2016

April 2012
Sunshine Coast

August 2011 - March 2012
From the Great White North to the Land of Fire; Part One

July 2010
Northbound Cascades

March-October 2009
Pacific Crest Trail

March-November 2008
East by Northwest

June-November 2006
Along the continental divide

May-August 2003
On the river's edge

Dec 2001-Jan 2002
Arizona Scrapbook


 


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