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  • How to prevent poison ivy. Learn from a surveyor, Marine, and hiker/camper who ended years of horrible rashes by learning what poison ivy is all about.

    How to Prevent Poison Ivy

    How to Prevent Poison Ivy

    by Man from Modesto2

  • Mount Misery is a climb with a beautiful view on top. Ready for a challenge—but not too big a challenge? Climb Mount Misery.

    We Climbed Mount Misery

    We Climbed Mount Misery

    by Ellen Gregory15

  • A brief look at some of the most beautiful, yet accessible, places in Yosemite National Park.

    Yosemite for Beginners

    Yosemite for Beginners

    by Andrew Lowen0

  • So you are adventurous and want a little more activity during your holidays? Hiking in the Scottish Highlands could be just what you're looking for.

    Scottish Highlands Hiking

    Scottish Highlands Hiking

    by Sam Shepards2

  • What is a trail register? It is more than a ledger tracking the comings and goings of backcountry users. It is a chronicle of adventure, detailing the impressions of time well spent in nature.

    What Is a Trail Register?

    What Is a Trail Register?

    by Dan Human9

  • Potentially life-saving gear hikers and other backcountry users should carry—some of it in the "just in case" category—whenever they hit the trail.

    Ten Essentials for Backcountry Hiking

    Ten Essentials for Backcountry Hiking

    by Deb Kingsbury25

  • The Angels Landing Trail in Zion National Park is one of the most challenging and popular hiking trails in the U.S . Here is some info that might benefit anyone attempting this spectacular climb.

    All About Angels Landing Hiking Trail

    All About Angels Landing Hiking Trail

    by Harry Nielsen0

  • Bryce Canyon NP in southern Utah has a spectacular red rock amphitheater that can easily be explored on foot in less than a day.

    Bryce Canyon National Park in a Day

    Bryce Canyon National Park in a Day

    by Harry Nielsen0

  • Lava River Cave is just northwest of Flagstaff, AZ ,off Highway 180 in the Coconino National Forest. You can walk underground almost one mile in this lava tube that is 650,000 to 700,000 years old.

    Hiking Underground in a Lava Tube

    Hiking Underground in a Lava Tube

    by bankscottage15

  • Bright Angel Trail, a corridor trail, is one of the most popular trails at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Despite Backpacker Magazine declaring it one of America's Most Dangerous Hikes, with water sources, some shade, rest areas, and a park ranger presence, it is the safest trail at the Grand Canyon. It is a frequent route to or from Phantom Ranch. We hiked to 3 Mile Resthouse and back to the South Rim; a 6 mile, 2110 foot adventure.

    Day Hiking Bright Angel Trail, South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park

    Day Hiking Bright Angel Trail, South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park

    by bankscottage18

  • The East Coast Trail consists of 26 developed wilderness paths along 300km of coastline on the East Coast of Newfoundland, Canada. Bay Bulls to the lighthouse is the first 3.5km of the Spout Path.

    The East Coast Trail, Bay Bulls to the Lighthouse

    The East Coast Trail, Bay Bulls to the Lighthouse

    by Stephen Barnes0

  • From slippery leaves and disease spreading ticks to potentially being mistaken for a deer, hikers must take care when hitting the trails in autumn.

    Five Safe Hiking Tips for Fall

    Five Safe Hiking Tips for Fall

    by Dan Human0

  • Mount Sinai Egypt, also known by some as Moses Mountain, is an awe-inspiring place, rich in history and religious significance. Read on to experience my climb up this majestic mountain.

    My Climb Up Mount Sinai, Egypt

    My Climb Up Mount Sinai, Egypt

    by Kawai6

  • Located about 25 miles northwest of Flagstaff, Red Mountain Trail takes you into the interior of a cinder cone of an extinct volcano. Off Highway 180 in the Coconino National Forest, this hike is a great side trip when traveling between Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon. Suitable for all ages, this easy to moderate hike should not be missed.

    Hiking to the Hoodoos in Red Mountain Amphitheater, AZ

    Hiking to the Hoodoos in Red Mountain Amphitheater, AZ

    by bankscottage16

  • A summary of our hike, the trials, and mistakes we made on the mountains of Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge in the Adirondacks. Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge are two of the forty-six Adirondack high peaks.

    Adirondack Hike: Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge

    Adirondack Hike: Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge

    by JOC0

  • A mountain bothy is just a small shelter found in the hills and mountains used to rest the weary heads of walkers and climbers. Here is my very first night in a bothy.

    Spending a Night in a Bothy

    Spending a Night in a Bothy

    by Nicholas Taylor0

  • Hiking boots that help foot and heel pain can set you free to explore nature without pain. Here are 5 of the best pairs of hiking boots for sensitive feet.

    Best Hiking Boots for Foot and Heel Pain

    Best Hiking Boots for Foot and Heel Pain

    by GreenMind4

  • Kanab is situated in southern Utah, just north of the Arizona state line. This high desert town is nestled next to some beautiful red rock cliffs, which can easily be explored on foot.

    Hiking Trails in Kanab, Utah

    Hiking Trails in Kanab, Utah

    by Harry Nielsen0

  • One day I shocked my husband by suggesting we walk to town. This turned out to be one of the most picturesque walks of our 46-year marriage, and one you might want to take yourself some time.

    A Prairie Gal's Walk on Vancouver Island

    A Prairie Gal's Walk on Vancouver Island

    by Cynthia30

  • A first-hand account of hiking to Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen) including useful information and handy tips to help you plan your own adventure to this popular natural landmark of Norway.

    Pulpit Rock Hike Guide

    Pulpit Rock Hike Guide

    by Matt Doran0

  • A summary of the hike of Mt. Arab, Coney Mountain, and Goodman Mountain in the Adirondack Mountain range of New York. The three make up the Tupper Lake Triad.

    Adirondack Hike:  Tupper Lake Triad

    Adirondack Hike: Tupper Lake Triad

    by JOC1

  • From local day hikes to extended backpacking trips, everyone should carry the Ten Essentials while outdoors.

    The Ten Essentials of Hiking

    The Ten Essentials of Hiking

    by Dan Human29

  • The annual gathering of Appalachian trail hikers, from those who dayhike to those who hike the A.T. from end to end.

    Trail Days in Damascus, Virginia

    Trail Days in Damascus, Virginia

    by Deb Kingsbury25

  • The 2,100 mile Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia attracts millions of hikers each year. Additionally about 500 people each year successfully backpack the entire length of the trail. This article explores the history and culture of hiking the Appalachian Trail.

    The History of Hiking the Appalachian Trail

    The History of Hiking the Appalachian Trail

    by Dan Human41

  • It might surprise you to learn that the largest number of hiking-related fatalities are ascribed to the fittest. It might also surprise you to know why.

    What's Killing America's Hikers?

    What's Killing America's Hikers?

    by Vicki Parker9

  • Adventure to one of Southern Utah's most untouched hideouts- Coyote Gulch, the hidden gem of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. I'll explain the fastest way to get there & what you must see.

    Coyote Gulch—The Quickest Way In

    Coyote Gulch—The Quickest Way In

    by Molly Wilson0

  • If you are up for a strenuous hike in the Cibola National Forest that offers spectacular views and an opportunity to encounter wildlife, this is the hike for you.

    Great Hikes: Hop Canyon Tour, Magdalena, NM

    Great Hikes: Hop Canyon Tour, Magdalena, NM

    by Tom Lohr0

  • Signal Hill National Historic Site, in St. John's, has several excellent hiking trails. Rated from easy to difficult, they all offer panoramic views and breathtaking scenery.

    The Trails of Signal Hill, St. John's

    The Trails of Signal Hill, St. John's

    by Stephen Barnes4

  • Utah is a great place to visit with everything from the "greatest snow on earth" to unique and beautiful geological sites. This list is a convenient starting place for your next adventure.

    140 Places to Go and Things to Do in Utah

    140 Places to Go and Things to Do in Utah

    by Rebecca Young27

  • A look inside all Antelope Canyon has to offer, from guided tours of the canyon to kayaking on Lake Powell and camping on Antelope Island.

    Exploring Antelope Canyon, Lake Powell

    Exploring Antelope Canyon, Lake Powell

    by Molly Wilson0

  • Cuevas Negras means "Black Caves" and is a very picturesque location in the Teno Mountains of Tenerife. It is a very tiny settlement with a few ruined and long-deserted houses and others that are occupied in the valley made by ravines with steep...

    Cuevas Negras (Black Caves): A Wonderful Tenerife Walking Route

    Cuevas Negras (Black Caves): A Wonderful Tenerife Walking Route

    by Steve Andrews0

  • Hiking in Western North Carolina near Asheville offers majestic views, fun adventures and historical significance. Paint Rock is about 1 hour and 15 minutes from Asheville near Hot Springs, NC.

    Hiking at Paint Rock, NC

    Hiking at Paint Rock, NC

    by Cynthia Calhoun33

  • Max Patch is a beautiful place to visit and hike in Western North Carolina. There are a number of options for hiking. You can also just climb to the summit - about 1/2 mile - and enjoy the 360-degree views.

    Hike Max Patch Near Asheville, NC

    Hike Max Patch Near Asheville, NC

    by Cynthia Calhoun28

  • A summary of our hike to the Dix Mountain Range in the Adirondacks. The Dix Range includes the high peaks of Macomb, South Dix (Carson), East Dix (Grace), Hough, and Dix.

    Adirondack Hike: The Dix Range

    Adirondack Hike: The Dix Range

    by JOC0

  • Recommended gear for preparedness on the trail, from a member of a Search & Rescue team, who sees a lot of people who could have avoided (or at least alleviated) problems with proper equipment

    A Well-Equipped Daypack For Hikers

    A Well-Equipped Daypack For Hikers

    by Deb Kingsbury16

  • New Zealand, with its miles upon miles of well-maintained trails, may offer the best day hikes in the world.

    Day Hikes in New Zealand

    Day Hikes in New Zealand

    by Tom Rubenoff1

  • If you're looking for a reasonably short hike with a great view in Oahu, take a trip to the Lanikai pillboxes. A steep, but short, hike brings you to two creatively-decorated pillboxes and great views of the windward coast.

    Kailua Lanikai Pillbox Hike on Oahu, Hawaii

    Kailua Lanikai Pillbox Hike on Oahu, Hawaii

    by Natasha15

  • Taos is a fascinating Northern New Mexico town that features many intriguing activities and events for casual visitors. Included are a brief description of three hiking trails located in the Taos area.

    Easy Hiking Trails Near Taos, New Mexico

    Easy Hiking Trails Near Taos, New Mexico

    by Harry Nielsen5

  • Whether a fisherman, hiker, prospector, or any type of outdoors man, you probably are searching for treasure. It may be fish, it may be beautiful vistas, it could be for gold, or just serendipity.

    Hiking to an Abandoned Gold Mine

    Hiking to an Abandoned Gold Mine

    by John R Wilsdon4

  • A summary of our hike up Mount Colden in the Adirondack Mountains. This hike was our fourth high peak of the forty-six that qualify.

    Adirondack Hike:  Mount Colden

    Adirondack Hike: Mount Colden

    by JOC4

  • A first-hand account of hiking to Norway's Trolltunga in a day. Lots of useful information and tips to help you plan your hike to Trolltunga; what to wear; what to pack; how to prepare.

    Hike to Trolltunga

    Hike to Trolltunga

    by Matt Doran1

  • Travelling along the Jones-Whites Creek loop trail, hikers encounter several stream crossings, multiple vistas, and lush mountain slopes, making for a varied and memorable adventure.

    Hiking Reno/Lake Tahoe: Jones-Whites Creek Loop

    Hiking Reno/Lake Tahoe: Jones-Whites Creek Loop

    by Jonathan Heywood7

  • Nestled among the redwoods north of San Francisco, Mill Valley is the home base for two incredible parks for hikers: Mt. Tamalpais State Park and Muir Woods National Monument.

    Mill Valley, California is a Hiker's Paradise

    Mill Valley, California is a Hiker's Paradise

    by Kyla Cathey0

  • In the southwest corner of the Beehive State, Saint George is bordered by the Red Hills Reserve and thus offers some excellent opportunities for enjoyable day hikes.

    A Few Good Hiking Trails in St. George, Utah

    A Few Good Hiking Trails in St. George, Utah

    by Harry Nielsen2

  • Zion Canyon in Zion NP is an inspirational natural wonder that offers the hiker many excellent choices. Hiking trails vary from easy to difficult and provide visitors with many outstanding views.

    Zion Canyon Best Hikes

    Zion Canyon Best Hikes

    by Harry Nielsen2

  • Outbound Dan Human recounts his more than two thousand-mile backpacking trip along the Appalachian Trail. Memories of the southbound thru hike are shared through a collection of pictures.

    An Appalachian Trail Thru Hike in Pictures

    An Appalachian Trail Thru Hike in Pictures

    by Dan Human31