Mystery Destination: A Backpacker's Dream Trail

Welcome to Part 3 of our Mystery Destination Series. In the last two weeks, we've talked about a giant pile of sand and a recognizable East Coast Mountain. This time we are talking about a popular trail for trail runners, hikers and backpackers. To play along, read the five clues below and see if you know where this mystery outdoor lover's destination is. If you have a guess enter it in the comments below.

Mystery Destination Clues



  • This trail passes through 3 national parks, a national monument and 2 national forests.

  • Construction of this trail began in 1915 but the final section was not completed until 1938.

  • Elevation on this trail varies from just over 4,000 feet to well over 14,000 feet. In fact, it is estimated that if you hike the entire trail you'll gain over 46,000 feet in elevation.

  • This trail officially ends at the highest point within the state yet is less than 100 miles from the lowest point in the United States.

  • The north end of this trail passes by a very famous rock formation. This rock is climbed by thousands of people each year. The image of this rock appears on a state quarter and its likeness is the inspiration for the logo of one of our favorite outdoor brands and a large environmental group.


Mystery John Muir Trail by Rick McCharles


Do you have a guess of which popular trail we are talking about? Enter your answer in the comments below or on our Facebook Page to show off your knowledge of this popular backpacking trail.

Thanks for playing along. If you enjoyed this fun little game, check out our two previous Mystery Destinations and see if you knew them too: Mystery Destination Part One and Mystery Destination Part Two. Be sure to bookmark this page as we'll have another Mystery Destination again next week.
Andy Hawbaker
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Andy Hawbaker
Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains, burning marshmallows or scratching his dog behind the ear, he shares his experiences here on the Sierra Trading Post Blog.
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