This is my first post in what will hopefully be a series of posts on hiking the Lycian Way. In case you’re wondering, the Lycian Way is a 335 mile (540 km) hike along the coast of ancient Lycia in modern day Turkey. My goal for this series of posts is to provide information on planning and executing the hike, as well as a trail journal of our experience.
First a little backstory: My interest in the Lycian Way started in early 2014 while cruising the internet at work. I came upon the Lycian Way on some list of the “10 Best Treks in the World”, or something similarly inane. Despite my resistance to experience life through Buzzfeed slideshows, the idea piqued my interest. I had always wanted to visit Turkey, especially Istanbul, but I also love hiking and being outdoors. A few months later, I had managed to convince my girlfriend Laura that a trip to Turkey would be a fun adventure, and the best way to experience that adventure would be on foot, walking the Lycian Way. We booked our flights and ordered the guide book, ready for a new adventure.
However, sometimes even the best laid plans are thrown awry. Earlier in the year, we had made plans to visit family in California and do a few days of backpacking in Yosemite. We were fortunate enough to acquire permits for the Happy Isles trailhead, and were looking forward to a nice couple days in the backcountry hiking the first 25 miles of the John Muir Trail.
However, during the course of that summer, Laura found herself without a job, and an interesting opportunity presented itself: We could hike the entire John Muir Trail. We reasoned that there probably would never be a more perfect time to do the all 210 miles of JMT: We had the permits. We had the flights. We had the gear. All we needed to do was keep walking. So we did.
Without getting into the details of that trip, it is enough to say that it was amazing. We loved every minute of it (or most minutes of it). The JMT hike took about 3 weeks, but I ended up taking 4 weeks of vacation in July and August. Given the amount of vacation time I had already taken, I could no longer justify taking more time off in October to go to Turkey. Despite my employers generous vacation policy, I didn’t think it was appropriate or fair so we decided to postpone our trip until the following year.
After much procrastination, several rounds of miscommunication, threats of a lawsuit, and midnight trip to the airport we managed to change our flights. We’re now booked to fly from Boston to Istanbul in mid May.
We have 5 months to plan this trip, and during that time, I will hopefully be posting as much information as I can on this blog. My research has revealed that there is only a limited number resources online about the hike, so I hope that my contributions will benefit others looking to complete this trek.