Glacier in the Sky: Harding Icefield Trail

I’ve always been fascinated with glaciers; their polar blue color and deep crevasses are hypnotizing. And when there’s a chance to hike to the top of one? Icing on the cake! The Harding Icefield Trail starts at the Visitor Center at the Kenai … [Read more...]

Avalanche Peak: The Ultimate Yellowstone Hike

A hike to add to the list: Avalanche Peak My fiancee Simon and I are both big hikers, and are attempting to cover as many trails in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem as possible. One that we test out every year is Avalanche Peak – across from … [Read more...]

Finding Appreciation and Perspective among Ancient Rock Art

It had been a long day and it was far from over. Business had brought me to Phoenix the week prior and that week had taken its toll. Staying an extra day to take in Saguaro NP while in the area would prove to restorative, but the Bajada Wash - Valley … [Read more...]

Half Dome and 1/2

Lord, I love this hike. Lord, I hate the cable route. It's not because of the climb, the exposure or physical effort required; it's due to the many other hikers excited to be there. The key to a successful RT ascent in one day is to start at 4:00 AM … [Read more...]

Aztec Butte in Canyonlands National Park

With only a half day to explore the Island of the Sky District at Canyonlands National Park, I opted to check out a few of the shorter day hiking opportunities, including the hike to Aztec Butte. The Aztec Butte trailhead is located on the road to … [Read more...]

Thunderhead Prong Quiet Walkway

I admit that I hesitate to reveal one of my favorite places in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It's not a big secret or anything, it's just an often-overlooked trail that I would love to keep all to myself. But if you're looking for a nice … [Read more...]

Frozen Coast at Rialto Beach

I set off to visit popular Rialto Beach during a time period when most hikers don't dare venture out. It was a brisk Winter's morning on the Olympic Coast with the temperature in the low 20's overnight.  I was happy that I'd brought some extra … [Read more...]

Victory at Capitol Reef

We emerged from Spring Canyon at Capitol Reef victorious; we had successfully thru-hiked the entire canyon over the weekend. But this was no average weekend, this was a weekend in the dead of winter. Three days earlier the park ranger thought we … [Read more...]

Most Adventurous Tour at Mesa Verde

When deciding which tour my wife and I would go on during our visit to Mesa Verde National Park, we were sold on the Balcony House tour, thanks to the "Most Adventurous" tagline that accompanied it. I'm not sure how the Balcony House tour compares … [Read more...]

Summiting the Great Basin

At 13,065 feet above sea level, Wheeler Peak in Great Basin National Park is the tallest independent mountain in Nevada (Boundary Peak is taller, but that peak is a sub peak of a California Mountain). The most common route to the summit of Wheeler … [Read more...]