Walk The Parks Completed Route
(Last updated Oct. 2021): 40 Parks Complete, 11 to go!

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COMPLETED: Billions of Smiles, 24.3 Million Steps, 1.8 Million Ft. Elevation Gain, 12,000 Miles, 40 National Parks, 32 States, 2 Feet, 1 Huge Dream

Red - What I've already hiked/explored (12,000 hiking miles, 40 National Parks)

Looking at the image above (I know, I'm not the best graphic designer...) , I've already completed more than 12,000 miles of human powered exploration through 40 National Parks. The Red lines are what I've already completed since July 2017.

Route Highlights already COMPLETED:

- Continuous thru hike (with a bit of cycling) from Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, to Grand Canyon National Park, AZ. This route is unique to Walk the Parks and connected all National Parks in Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Nevada, then ended at Grand Canyon National Park with a spectacular 22 day raft trip through the park!

- Continuous Northbound thru hike of the Appalachian Trail from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Mount Katahdin, Maine. Great Smoky Mountain National Park and Shenandoah National Park were connected via foot travel on this amazing path!

- A 2,400 mile continuous hike along the Pacific Crest Trail from I-10 to the Canadian border going through Sequoia Kings Canyon National Parks, Yosemite National Park, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Crater Lake National Park, Mount Rainier National Park and North Cascades National Park.

- A 500 mile continuous thru hike from outside of Ely, MN traversing the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness via the Kekekabic Trail, Border Route Trail, and the Superior Hiking Trail.

- A 140 mile thru hike of the Centennial Trail of South Dakota starting in Wind Cave National Park.

- A 1,250 mile thru hike of the Pacific Northwest Trail from Glacier National Park, Montana to the western-most point of the lower 48, Cape Alava, Olympic National Park, Washington, Pacific Ocean.

- Road trip exploring and hiking in Petriefied Forest National Park, Arizona, Death Valley National Park, California, Joshua Tree National Park, California, Channel Islands National Park, California, Pinnacles National Park, California, Redwood Forest National Park, California.

- Backpacking trip traversing Isle Royale National Park, Michigan

- Trip to explore Acadia National Park, Maine after completing Appalachian Trail thru hike.

- Road trip exploring and hiking Gateway Arch National Park, Missouri, Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio, Indiana Dunes National Park, Indiana, solo canoe paddle trip in Voyageurs National Park, Minnesota, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota, Badlands National Park, South Dakota.

Below is a list of all the National Parks that have been explored so far, in order:

1) Yellowstone, Wyoming

2) Grand Teton, Wyoming

3) Rocky Mountain, Colorado

4) Great Sand Dunes, Colorado

5) Mesa Verde, Colorado

6) Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Colorado

7) Arches, Utah

8) Canyonlands, Utah

9) Capital Reef, Utah

10) Bryce Canyon, Utah

11) Great Basin, Nevada

12) Zion, Utah

13) Grand Canyon, Arizona

14) Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee/North Carolina

15) Shenandoah, Virginia

16) Isle Royale, Michigan

17) Acadia, Maine

18) Petrified Forest, Arizona

19) Joshua Tree, California

20) Pinnacles, California

21) Channel Islands, California

22) Redwood, California

23) Death Valley, California

24) Sequoia, California

25) King's Canyon, California

26) Yosemite, California

27) Lassen Volcanic, California

28) Crater Lake, California

29) Mountain Rainier, Washington

30) North Cascades, Washington

31) Gateway Arch, Missouri

32) Mammoth Cave, Kentucky

33) Cuyahoga Valley, Ohio

34) Indiana Dunes, Indiana

35) Voyageurs, Minnesota

36) Theodore Roosevelt, North Dakota

37) Badlands, South Dakota

38) Wind Cave, South Dakota

39) Glacier, Montana

40) Olympic, Washington

What's left (Updated October 2021).  I am currently on route, completing this journey via a combination of thru hiking and road tripping!

1) Saguaro National Park, Arizona

2) White Sands National Park, New Mexico

3) Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico

4) Guadalupe Mountain National Park, Texas

5) Big Bend National Park, Texas

6) Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas

7) Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

8) Biscayne National Park, Florida

9) Everglades National Park, Florida

10) Congaree National Park, South Carolina

11) New River National Park, West Virginia

-Blake

walktheparks@gmail.com

COMPLETED: Billions of Smiles, 24.3 Million Steps, 1.8 Million Ft. Elevation Gain, 12,000 Miles, 40 National Parks, 32 States, 2 Feet, 1 Huge Dream

 

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