Wonderland Trail

10:18 p.m. on June 18, 2006 (EDT)
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I am planning on doing the trail in six nights / seven days. There is one day along the way that will need to be a 20 mile hike...was wondering how difficult this may be since i have never been on this trail before...all help would be greatly appreciated.

Josh

12:48 p.m. on June 23, 2006 (EDT)
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20 miles on the Wonderland is tough pretty much anywhere.
Have hiked it twice. Should have done it last year, the flora was the best in memory! Will be hiking a section again this year. Longmire to Mowich Lake. What section were you interested in?

12:28 a.m. on July 13, 2006 (EDT)
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We did it in 9 days and it seemed terribly rushed, considering the scenery. It was early September. Lots of flowers, berries, 'shrooms (take a fungi book for identification - many more types than flowers or trees).

Next time I'd like to do it in sections and take a month or more to just take the time to get off trail (where you can) and explore up and down mountain.

I agree, any 20 mile day would be tough. There are parts of the trail where you will spend most of half a day just going up hill on 'steps'. I couldn't believe that counterclock wise it is all up hill. Total up (and down) was near 28,000' as I remember somebody said who was keeping track.

Couple of good places to cache food so the pack is not that heavy.

Take lots of: fast film, 'chips', and batteries. If the weather holds you will run out...unless you do it in 6 days.

I would not make my last day going below Paradise/Mirror Lake.

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