In one of those “you mean I’m not the only one?!” experiences, I just stumbled across the slackpacker website. It is a great resource for finding the perfect trail for a day in the wilderness. It is also designed especially for people like me who want to get a little off the beaten path, but who also want a hot shower and a good meal at the end of the day.
From the website:
You’ve seen unwashed, malnourished through-hikers on the Appalachian Trail. You’ve heard about the grizzly bear wandering through the backcountry camp. You’ve encountered backpackers with tons of gear, pots, pans, and a folding stove — eating some gritty greyish paste and raving about it. And you want no part of it. But you love hiking. In fact, nothing suits you more than a day in the wilderness, except perhaps, a day in the wilderness followed by vitello saltimboco in a four-star restaurant. You’d enjoy weeklong expeditions, if only you could jump in a car at the end of the day and head off to a comfortable bed. Congratulations, you are a confirmed Slackpacker.