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The Great Western Loop is a 6,875 miles (11,064 km) long hiking route that loops around the western United States.

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

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

Andrew Skurka, a professional backpacker, was the first to attempt the entire hike. 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 7, 2007, 208 days after he began. Jeff Garmire became the second person ever to complete the hike in 2018. Jeff started on April 30 and finished on November 24, totaling 208 days on the trail. Garmire completed Nolan’s 14 while on the expedition, reaching the peaks of 14 14ers in Colorado in under 60 hours.


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