Bigfoot Trail, Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness, California (40 miles)
The 400-mile Bigfoot, first blazed in 2009, goes from one random spot in northern California to another random spot in northern California. Thru-hiker Sage Clegg recommends the 40-mile South Yolla Bolly section, from the Ides Cove Trailhead near Mt. Linn, in the Mendocino National Forest, all the way to Solomon Peak and back. "It crosses a funky mountain range that hardly anyone knows about," says Clegg. "You bag four peaks, gain 6,000-8,000-feet in elevation, and the views are amazing. On a clear day you can see the Pacific Ocean." Clegg, who grew up in nearby Mendocino County, took her first backpacking trip here as a kid. "It just blew my mind. I went back this summer and was like, 'Wow! There's nobody here!' If you want a chance to see Bigfoot in the wild, this is it."
[More information: fs.usda.gov/recarea/mendocino/]