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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • How to Make Natural Curled “Twisty” Walking Sticks What are curled or “twisty” walking sticks? Curled walking sticks are walking/hiking sticks or canes made from saplings or small trees that are naturally curled by wild vines. As small...

    How to Make Natural Curled “Twisty” Walking Sticks

    How to Make Natural Curled “Twisty” Walking Sticks

    by dday4811

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • If you have ever longed for a hike into a mysterious, wind-swept landscape with lots of unusual land forms, marvelous views, and lots of solitude, Dolly Sods is the place for you.

    The Dolly Sods Wilderness Experience

    The Dolly Sods Wilderness Experience

    by John Dove0

  • 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

  • As snow recedes and wildflowers bloom, the trail calls to hikers in spring time. Follow these five safety tips for safe hiking in spring.

    Five Safety Tips for Spring Hiking

    Five Safety Tips for Spring Hiking

    by Dan Human1

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • A selection of photos from my own hikes in the Grand Canyon and suggested photographic books from this natural wonder of the world.

    Grand Canyon National Park Photos

    Grand Canyon National Park Photos

    by Deb Kingsbury23

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Kawai7

  • If you've been looking for a unique place to hike around Los Angeles, the Devil's Punchbowl may be it. This canyon is filled with interesting formations carved out by earthquakes and water erosion.

    Hiking the Devil's Punchbowl in Los Angeles County

    Hiking the Devil's Punchbowl in Los Angeles County

    by watergeek17

  • 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

  • For some, hiking is a pastime. Others think of it as more of an adventure and a few just like to stroll. Whatever your objective, there are some things you should know before hiking in Arizona.

    Arizona Hiking Safety Tips

    Arizona Hiking Safety Tips

    by Lorelei Nettles1

  • This journal entry is from my first climb up the Humphrey's Trail to the summit of Arizona's highest peak at 12,633 feet. I've done this hike too many times to count since then, in all sorts of conditions. This is not a 9-mile hike to take lightly, given the altitude and potential weather conditions

    Hiking Mt. Humphreys in Flagstaff, Arizona

    Hiking Mt. Humphreys in Flagstaff, Arizona

    by Deb Kingsbury0

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Merriam Crater (aka Merriam Mountain) is one of the largest cinder cone hills of the San Francisco Volcanic Field surrounding Mt. Humphrey's. You can hike or drive to the top for incredible views of the San Francisco Peaks and Northern Arizona.

    Hiking up Merriam Crater in Northern Arizona

    Hiking up Merriam Crater in Northern Arizona

    by Deb Kingsbury0

  • 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

  • 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 Hiking Trails of Signal Hill

    The Hiking Trails of Signal Hill

    by Stephen Barnes4

  • How to use and read a compass; a valuable outdoor skill for fun and survival. An introduction to the device and its basic use.

    Using a Compass Without a Map

    Using a Compass Without a Map

    by Liz Elias17

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Information about long-distance footpaths around the globe, grouped by continent. Have you hiked any of these trails or routes? Want to?

    Great Long-Distance Walks of the World

    Great Long-Distance Walks of the World

    by Deb Kingsbury328

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Want to trek Nepal's Annapurna Circuit? Learn about the three main trails, Himalayan culture, villages on the trail, food & drink, and more!

    The Annapurna Circuit Trek Guide

    The Annapurna Circuit Trek Guide

    by Melanie Shebel4

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • A trip report from the hike up to the summit of Looking Glass Rock in the Pisgah National Forest of North Carolina.

    Looking Glass Rock Hike (NC)

    Looking Glass Rock Hike (NC)

    by JOC0

  • A 24-hour pack for Search and Rescue personnel (and anyone else who wants to be prepared for twenty-four hours in the backcountry).

    The SAR Pack: Search & Rescue Gear

    The SAR Pack: Search & Rescue Gear

    by Deb Kingsbury18

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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