Hello! I'm new to backpacking, but most of the time when I go hiking, I go alone. Do ya'll have any tips for backpacking alone; or good trails for starting out? Any advice helps, thanks !!
Howdy. At first, don't get too ambitious with mileage, glorious destinations, bucket list trips, etc. Make your first few trips short, like 3 or 4 miles from the trailhead.
Use these easy trips to get familiar with your camping gear, fine-tune your planning, get your body accustomed to hiking with the extra weight, and get your mind comfortable spending nights alone in the wilderness.
Occupying my mind at night was my biggest challenge, especially as electronic screens became so much more prevalent in life. I prefer to stay analog when in the woods - so I take paper books, crossword puzzles, etc. I especially like to bring books about the nature & history of the particular area I'm in...makes it feel less like distraction, more like immersion.
Here's a couple good short trails in Central Oregon, as examples:
I'll add that it would help us if we knew which part of the PNW was close to you. There are some nice overnighters all over the PNW. Washington, Idaho, and Oregon all have some very nice hikes. It might depend on which part of which state was close to you.
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