Great Western Loop

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Great Western Trail
Length6,875 miles (11,064 km)
LocationCalifornia, Oregon, Washington, Canada, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona

The Great Western Loop is a 6,875 miles (11,064 km) long hiking route that passes through several states of the western United States.

It links together five long-distance hiking trails: the Pacific Crest Trail, the Pacific Northwest Trail, the Continental Divide Trail, the Grand Enchantment Trail, and the Arizona Trail. It traverses the Mojave Desert, the Sonoran Desert, 12 National Parks, and 75 wilderness areas.

Andrew Skurka, a professional backpacker, was the first to complete the Great Western Loop. On April 9, 2007, Skurka began the route from the Grand Canyon. Averaging 33 miles (53 km) per day, Skurka arrived back at the Grand Canyon on November 3, 2007, 208 days after he began. Jeff Garmire became the second person to complete the route, doing so in 2018. Jeff Garmire started on April 30 and finished on November 24, totaling 208 days on the trail.


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Coordinates: 40°24′N 106°37′W / 40.400°N 106.617°W / 40.400; -106.617