I've also got some other "local" hikes scouted out; places I'd like to see, and maybe even take my kids, that aren't far away in the mountain west. Along with the Isle Royale hike, I'd like to do a traverse of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, I'd like to go back to Hocking Hills and explore some more, I'd like to explore Cuyahoga National Park, and I'd like to hike the Art Loeb Trail and the Roan Highlands section of the AT. These are actually hikes that I could concievably do--or do portions of, at least--this year, in addition to my existing plans.
I was going over summer plans with my wife. Because she's going to be recovering from rotator cuff surgery much of the late summer, and unable to take time off work for the fall, I could be looking at as much as a week of still unplanned vacation later this year. Rather than fritter it away on days where I stay at home for a day or two at a time, I'm thinking I'd rather do a second smaller, and probably closer, backpacking trip.
Or... I could go back out to southern Utah in the fall and hike Coyote Gulch.
I dunno. I'm feeling like I might yet have more options this year for another hike beyond just my High Uintas one. I don't really want to try and spend so much time on the road; I'd rather spend more time on the trail. But, given my long furlough from the hobby of backpacking, I've got a major backlog of places I'd like to do, and a lot of pent-up demand. With additional time to spend on the hobby, I might yet get a second trip in this year. Candidates include:
- Isle Royale with my friend
- Pictured Rocks
- Hocking Hills
- Roans Highlands
- Coyote Gulch
- Art Loeb Trail