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Old 04-23-2014, 10:24 AM
 
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I don't understand why he describes the Cinque Terre trail as a 'flat path'. Some of it's flat but most of it's the opposite of that, at least in the areas where most people hike.

Also, I got the feeling that this whole list was more about he author trying to showcase all the exotic travels he/she's taken and less about trying to pick the true winners. Because I can think of at least half a dozen trails right here in the western US which would blow away some of the ones he/she chose.
Yeah....it's almost like the author is publicizing a tourist site. As one who was really into hiking and backpacking when I was younger - A trail is a walk, a trek, a self-contained voyage in itself, it's not a tourist destination. It takes dedication and planning. It's certainly not a collection of viewpoints. Not that it has to be a long multi-week trek with backpacks and sleeping bags on your back, but you have to, like, walk it...get to know it, sweat on it, sore feet, get a bit dirty, etc. Where is the Appalachian Trail? The High Sierra Trail?

If the author wants to advertise a sight where you pull off the road and walk down a sidewalk for 50 feet to view an overlook and snap a picture to put on facebook - that's not a trail, and one should not claim they were on a trail.
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Old 04-23-2014, 11:00 AM
 
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Yeah....it's almost like the author is publicizing a tourist site. As one who was really into hiking and backpacking when I was younger - A trail is a walk, a trek, a self-contained voyage in itself, it's not a tourist destination. It takes dedication and planning. It's certainly not a collection of viewpoints. Not that it has to be a long multi-week trek with backpacks and sleeping bags on your back, but you have to, like, walk it...get to know it, sweat on it, sore feet, get a bit dirty, etc. Where is the Appalachian Trail? The High Sierra Trail?

If the author wants to advertise a sight where you pull off the road and walk down a sidewalk for 50 feet to view an overlook and snap a picture to put on facebook - that's not a trail, and one should not claim they were on a trail.
Exactly! For example, Cinque Terre is incredibly beautiful and unique as a tourist destination, but hardly a "trail" IMO. There's at least 3 forest trails within easy walking distance from my house which I prefer any day to going back there in its current state.
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