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March 31, 2010

Hiking Trail Resources on the Web

By Kate Chandler

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Trail junkies rejoice! Hiking season is upon us in some parts of the country, and it's fast approaching elsewhere. When us hikers find a trail we love, it's natural to want to return to it year after year. But in the interest of adding to your "favorite-trails portfolio," we've culled some resources from around the web.

Start with our very own GORP Trail Finder, home to info on more than 19,000 trails in the U.S. and Canada. You can narrow your search by state, park name, trail length, difficulty, and crowds (or, hopefully for you, lack thereof). Plus, the trail finder is a wiki, so you can add your own comments and photos to trails that you've hiked.

If you're planning to get to Europe this summer, there are tons of English-language sites that will help you find the right trail. features nearly 250 hikes in the mountains of Spain, covering Asturias, Aragon, Andalusia, Cantabria, Leon, and Valencia. Each route has a detailed description, GPS waypoints, maps, and photos. If you need help narrowing it down, use the Top Ten Section for a list of the best hikes in each region.

For a trip to Switzerland, Switzerland Mobility is definitely the place to start for hiking, biking, skating, and paddling ideas. They can help you plan a hiking-camping trip, or book accommodations along the way for a more relaxing outing. Whichever you choose, this an amazing (and more economical) way to see Switzerland. also has some English-language resources for hikers in Switzerland. While you're there, pick up some Mammut hiking gear.

For something really farther afield, check out Gunung Bagging, a site with great ideas on hiking in Indonesia. It's run by two English expats who have uncovered some real gems.

Got any other good, preferably free, trail resources? Let us know below.

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Thanks for introducing these hiking resource sites. They're all great.

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