Jul 7, 2016836 views

What's The Hardest Hike You've Ever Gone On?

Ever had that super hard hike? Mine was going up and down mount snow in Vermont. What was yours?
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Camp Muir, Mt Rainier while not in shape at all. It was a training weekend for a summit attempt. Granted I was hauling 40lbs but still...totally bonked at 9000' just 1000' short of Muir.
Might not look hard initially, but residents in this Bronx, NY neighborhood climb these stairs a couple of times every day. Do the math ;-)
Cactus to Clouds (C2C) hike in Palm Springs, CA -- It was insanely difficult. Check it out: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cactus_to_Clouds_Trail
While I have not yet attempted this hike, it's on my list. This trail is literally a killer. Living in the Coachella Valley for many years, the amount of people who have perished on this trail (and so many more of our desert trails), is staggering. Congrats on the finish!
Thru Hiking the Appalachian Trail
Yup, same here.
Manitou Incline
I have hiked the incline, and was astonished how many people were hiking up AND down, and back up again! I loved it, though, and if I ever get back there, plan to do it again!
It's the worst hike in Colorado. No preparing for it, it hurts, the view isn't even that great, and way too many people. If you come back out, I'll show you where the really awesome hiking is.
Biafo Hispar glacier traverse (Karakoram, Pakistan) in snowstorm with dysentery. Do I win?
Did three pretty tough day hikes the White Mountains of NH earlier this year with friends: (1) a traverse of the Presidential range from north to south covering 21 miles, 10K+ feet in 17 hours; (2) a variation of the Pemi Loop clockwise covering 35 miles, 10K feet in 16.5 hours; and (3) a traverse of the Carter range from north to south covering 19 miles in 12 hours .
Second hardest hike was Cactus To Clouds in July: 21 miles, 10,400 feet of elevation (most of it in the first 10 miles) and 108 degrees Fahrenheit (42 Celsius).
I did the pemi loop with my Boy Scouts troop before I knew anything about backpacking. I had hardly ever been backpacking and had no clue what I was doing.
Aladaglar Sky Trail, Turkey. Three peaks. Zero shade. Hand over hand scrambling on near vertical loose rock faces. Somehow people run it every year. Na Pali Coast, Kauai was also deceptively difficult as someone else pointed out.
Mount San Jacinto via the Marion Mountain trail. This is the shortest trail to the top, hence the steepest. An honorable mention would be the Ski Hut trail up to Mt. Baldy.
Great trail! I love the Marion Mt section, and it is my favorite route to the top of San Jac. Definitely not for the faint of heart, or weak of leg. :D
Annapurna circuit, the part up to the Thorong La pass. That shit just sucks...you can feel the collective will of everyone walking up. I had my dog too and she was fucking loving it
Upper Fish Fork to Mt Baldy, San Gabriel Mountains in Southern California. This one kicked my ass twice, first as a Boy Scout (no summit) and second time as an adult (summit!). The second time, we discovered the road out of Lupine Campground was no longer maintained, adding a couple miles and a several hundred vertical feet to our approach, which we did Friday night after work...a lovely walk in the woods...
Next day, making our way past Little Fish Fork and on a ways, we dropped our packs, loaded up with water, and set out for the 6 miles/2000 vert to Mt Baldy. Not nearly enough water. We could not have carried enough water.
The trail is an old - OLD - logging road, mostly overgrown with Buckhorn, and pretty rough going. We ran out of water just short of the half-way point, and well before Devils Backbone, the approach trail to the Baldy summit...and that after short-cutting Dawson Peak by moving out across a talus slope that looked so short and quick.
We made the summit around 3, cadged some water off some day hikers, and began the long down-hill slog back to camp, where we had more water as well as a spring for supply.
All of this in the unrelenting southern california summer, which even at 8,000+ ft, while cool, was brutally dry. But we did make it, back in camp before dark. I don't remember dinner, but I do remember drinking. A Lot.
Long’s Peak in November last year. I was not prepared for -21* windchill. 😳
EBC after departing pheriche at the HRA clinic just following treatment for ams/hypoxia in the afternoon and getting back up to Gorak Shep Same day. The lack of appetite and ensuing weakness coupled with 4,000 ft descent and 6000ft re ascent in under 24hrs. Burn 6000 calories a day and struggle to take in 1500. Running on fumes without sleep(due to hypoxia/apnea) at altitude makes for a difficult time. Not looking to repeat this one. Go only at a pace you know you can do and never try to keep up with the (superhuman Sherpa) locals. If in doubt, keeping changing your lowest common denominator: smaller steps taking more time. Just like in the movie......as the young children on their way to school race up past you on the steps in Namche.......you will never have what they are born with.
Northernmost 200 miles of the Appalachian Trail, a long time ago (1979). Hurricanes David and Frederic blew through the first week, causing zillions of blowdowns which I had to scramble over or around. Beaver dams and all the rain meant knee-deep wading in the flats. This was before the canoe ferry, so I had to ford the chest-deep Kennebec River using just a long stick I picked up nearby. It was tough hiking. I consumed 7,500-8,000 calories a day, and still lost weight.
The Chilkoot Trail - the Chilkoot Pass in particular - was especially hard for me, but moreso mentally and not physically.
Anything when I'm not in shape. Especially long steep downhills.
Climbing the Pitons, St.Lucia.
I once hiked in 3+ foot snow with no special gear my legs were very cold
Did mt whitney from the portal to summit and back in two days drove to mt rainer on day 3, hiked paradise to camp muir on day 4, camp muir to summit back to paradise on day 5 then drove home. Was hard but a lot of fun since i was with an awesome group of friends.
by far, the philmont trek I did last year. we covered about 145 miles according to one of our fitbits. it was about 11 days long, and philmont isn't exactly the most UL-friendly place. we did trek 22 of last year.
NaPali Coast - I'm still not sure why, The length is not an issue. The elevation gains and losses are not that much and yet it was, at the end of the day, the most tired I've felt after a hike. But well, well worth it.
THIS YEAR (so far) ~ 42 Miles in 3 days: Rae Lakes Loop http://s84.io/posts/9d061a9e-5b33-431f-bdca-61fd9f95ab87/0
50+ Miles in 2 days: Mammoth Lakes To Mono Pass (walked/hitched to Tom's Place) http://s84.io/posts/34c6cb1d-1b13-4c27-9d5a-08665fde2a9b/0
Mt Whitney, from the portal to the summit and back in 2 days, with packs and gear. Sespe Canyon, up the Devil's Backbone, with a 50 lb pack. A winter ascent of San Gorgonio. Those were the three hardest for me. All three were short trips - just 2 or 3 days, but they were long grueling ascents, and then long grueling descents. San G was all snow. Whitney was on a 4th of July weekend, and it snowed on the summit. Sespe Canyon was a summer hike that was just hot and dry and backbreaking.
@whamprod whitney portal is touristy but for sure that hike up is no joke!
Yeah, it seems like an easy jaunt at first from the 8,360 ft at the portal, but at about 11,000 ft I started to breath hard. By the top of the 97 switchbacks at Trail Crest, I was sucking wind. I was pretty lightheaded the last 500 ft or so of gain to the summit. I rested on the summit for an hour or two, met some interesting people, and then started back down. The switchbacks on the way down from Trail Crest were brutal on the thighs. I spent the night at base camp and slept the sweet sleep of the innocent, and made it down to the portal the next day. I was young and in pretty good shape back then, but my legs were spent. I don't even begin to understand how people run that marathon to the top and back.
Mine is the hardest of the hard. Everyday in the morning from the summit of my bed to the kitchen valley for coffee!! jk!! ;P Pikes Peak - Barr trail.
It's a tie between the Grand Canyon R2R hike, aka, pukefest, or the Yosemite hike that involved a helicopter rescue for one in our party.
@JerkyKen can you explain the rescue?
Mine would be trekking in Nepal on the Manaslu/Tsum Valley trek in October 2014, right when the Cyclone Hudud weather hit the Himalayas and dropped a bunch of rain in the lower elevations for over 24 hours (lots of landslides and two trekkers were killed), and meters of snow in the higher elevations (there was a group that got stuck up at Manaslu BC and avalanches all over). We were on a deadline and had to essentially walk out in three days what had taken us over 6 to get back in time for our flights. I also got into a physical altercation with one of the people in my group because they had decided they knew better and were going to try to go over the pass that had been closed by the Nepali government, and she had refused to pay me what she owed me for the guide. It was hard physically but also hard mentally too.
Probably climbing Electric Peak in Yellowstone NP. Not a super hard hike actually, but the last half mile is solid class 4 scrambling, more like easy mt. climbing than hiking, very exposed, one slip and you are gone... But the view from the top made it all worthwhile! Had perfect weather too! (wouldn't have done it otherwise!)