Name that Trail

At the Sierra Social Hub we're huge fans of hiking and backpacking. I'm headed out to hike the John Muir Trail this week so I thought I'd feature another long distance hiking trail that less people have heard about. If you haven't played our Mystery Destination Game before, all you have to do is read the five clues below and see if you can guess the name of the outdoor destination we are talking about. If you can name that trail simply enter it in the comments below then forward this game to a friend to see if they know the answer too.

Name that trail Photo by Tim Midnightcomm


  • This hiking trail stretches 296 miles. It mostly follows the ridge line overlooking one of the countries largest lakes.

  • Inspired by the Appalachian Trail, construction of this trail began in the mid-1980s. Construction was mostly completed by volunteer laborers.

  • The trail passes through 7 state parks but zero national parks before it ends at the Canadian- U.S. border.

  • In December, 2000, Backpacker Magazine named it the trail with the "Best Trail/Camp/Shelter conditions," the trail with the "Best Signage" in the country and one of the most scenic trails in the nation. Readers Digest has also listed it as one of the "5 Best Hikes in America".

  • This footpath was intended for walking and hiking only. Motoized vehicles, bikes and horses are not allowed. There are 92 backcountry campsites available at no fee for backpackers and thru-hikers.


Do you know the name of the long distance hiking trail I described above? Have you hike part of this trail? When were you there?

Did you enjoy this Mystery Destination Game? Try some of our previous mystery destinations:

Name That Peak
Mystery Lake
A Giant Volcano
Small Town with Big Adventures

Or see how many of these National Park Trivia questions you can get right.

*Thumbnail photo by Adam Kahtava.
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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