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Trip Report and Guide for Backpacking In My Home

For the past 400 days, I’ve had the privilege of backpacking through a previously unexplored destination called My Home. Here’s my guide to this exclusive and wildlife-filled destination.

Distance: 0 miles
Days: 400 days
Elevation gain/loss: 10 feet
Best season: Year-round
Permits: None
Difficulty: Very difficult (mentally)
Navigation: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Very Easy


  • Mild year-round temperatures
  • Free (mostly) of bugs
  • Abundant water sources that appear free from cow patties. I drank without running it through my Sawyer Squeeze filter first!
  • Ample wildlife viewing opportunities


  • Lacks the epic vistas of other destinations
  • Limited spots large enough to set up a tent.
  • Difficulty getting tent stakes into the ground


From the trailhead at the front door, you’ll have expansive views of the open valley known by locals as the “Living Room.” Two smaller topographic features lie on the horizon including the Blue Couch to the east and the Grey Couch to the south. A lush and green carpeted valley lies between the two features.

Directly to the east on the route is a narrow slot canyon. With steep high walls of dark brown cabinets on either side, Kitchen Canyon has limited space for multiple people, especially those with backpacks. A year-round water source can be found in Kitchen Canyon, though accessing it can be difficult during times of high dishes.

To the north, you’ll find Flushing Falls. Leave No Trace ethics state that due to sensitive habitat, Flushing Falls is the ONLY place in My Home that you dispose of human waste. Remember: the Solution to Pollution is dilution!

Find more tips & tricks for backpacking in My Home written by Liz Thomas here.


December 3, 2023

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