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.
A trip summary from the hike on Nippletop and Dial Mountains in the Adirondacks. Nippletop and Dial are two of the forty-six high peaks in the mountainous region of New York State.
Preparing for your first hike may be confusing. What food to take? How much water? Do you need to exercise beforehand? Click here for a complete checklist.
Hiking and backpacking are safer and more fun when you can find your way. A GPS for hiking is an important tool. Find out more about what you need in an outdoor GPS device and how to use it.
Information about the Appalachian Mountains and the Appalachian Trail. Photos and videos are included!
If you want a clean, well-maintained, quiet place to camp with your tent or RV, Iron Ridge Campground is your place. If you want well-cleared, moderately tough trails to hike/run, the Lakeshore Trail that starts from the campground is the perfect compliment to a relaxing, yet adventurous getaway.
A trip report from our hike up Phelps Mountain in the Adirondack Park of Upstate, N.Y. Phelps is the thirty-second highest peak of the Adirondack forty-six high peaks with an elevation of 4,160 feet.
Two thirds of Voluntown, Connecticut is occupied by beautiful State forests. All are open to the public, free and absolutely beautiful.
Payne's Prairie in Alachua County, Florida, will offer a walk to remember for many years: up close and personal with gators and sometimes bison....breathtaking journey.
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.
Jackson Falls is just off of the Natchez Trace Parkway which is a drive through beautiful country. Stillhouse Hollow Falls is a 25.5-mile drive from Jackson Falls and is near Mount Pleasant, Tennessee.
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.
It's not often that we have a long weekend open. Due to the cancellation of my 30-year class reunion that weekend, we made a last-minute decision to turn lemons to lemonade, fill our backpacks, and head out on our first Appalachian Trail section hike! It was an amazing 42 mile weekend!
This is day 2 of our backpacking hike to Red River Gorge in Kentucky. October 24th 2018. We traversed the unofficial trail to Hanson's Point. Incredible views.
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. It's one of my favorite places to hike.
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.
Early morning hike in Tucson, Arizona's Saguaro National Park yields sectacular sunrise along with numerous photo opportunities in a lush desert landscape.
Conveniently located a short uphill distance from downtown Ketchikan, Deer Mountain is one of the best “day hike” hiking trails in Southeast Alaska. A favorite among visitors and locals alike.
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.
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.
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...
Hundreds of people are killed around the world each year after being trampled by cows. Learn a few basic ways to scare off the cows should you ever be faced with a charging herd.
My trip report from a 17-mile loop hike including the Weatherford Trail in San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff, AZ
A trip report from the hike up to the summit of Looking Glass Rock in the Pisgah National Forest of North Carolina.
New Zealand, with its miles upon miles of well-maintained trails, may offer the best day hikes in the world.
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.
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
GPS units are essential to successful Search and Rescue teams. This step-by-step guide illustrates the most common SAR GPS tasks. Directions work well for a Garmin Map 60 and other units.
Want to explore a place with a mysterious past? Try taking a walking tour of Gungywamp in Groton, Connecticut.
A trip report from a hike up to McKenzie and Haystack Mountains in the Adirondacks of Upstate, N.Y. Both mountains are part of the Saranac 6 Challenge.
A 9-mile out-and-back wilderness hike on the Kachina Trail in the Kachina Peaks Wilderness, Coconino National Forest, near Flagstaff.
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.
Over three days, I backpacked over Sawteeth, Gothics, Saddleback, Basin, Gray, and Dix Mountains. I had a slight fall, a bad weather bivy, an unplanned ceremony, and a meeting with a bear.
There is a gorgeous and family-friendly hike in the town of Watkins Glen, NY. Here is a description and some photos of the hike to back up that claim.
The most easy-access, breath-taking vantage points in the Wasatch Mountains to view the fall foliage.
Learn how to make a blackthorn walking stick: how to choose, cut and cure wood from the Prunus spinosa bush.
As snow recedes and wildflowers bloom, the trail calls to hikers in spring time. Follow these five safety tips for safe hiking in spring.
Information about long-distance footpaths around the globe, grouped by continent. Have you hiked any of these trails or routes? Want to?
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.
Pelican Island NWR was established in 1903 as the very first protected area of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Over 100 years later there are over 560 Wildlife Refuge areas for visitors to enjoy.
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.
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.
With a state as varied as Ohio, the real challenge is deciding on which section you want to explore.
I can enjoy the fresh air with my pups any time of the year! If you're feeling the winter BLAH's...especially in New England, read this!
Looking for a great hike near Santa Fe, NM? This trail places you on top of one of the area's most prominent peaks, providing a great view and a awesome hike close to town.
45 minutes northwest of Chicago, Volo Bog is the state's only quaking bog with an open water center.
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.
Take a hike to the Eternal Flame Falls and see the wonder of a waterfall passing over a natural gas flame. Follow this trail map to find this treasure at Chestnut Ridge Park in New York.
Enjoy great hiking and wide open spaces just minutes from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. Discover Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.
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 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.
Find out about Torres del Paine National Park's 250km of trails, from the well-trodden Circuit and W treks to other less used trails.
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.
Things to think about before venturing into the backcountry, brought to you by a Search and Rescue volunteer who sees a lot of people who made one or more of these mistakes.
Walking trails can be difficult, but also incredibly rewarding. Use these hiking tips to get to the top of every mountain...even if you aren't in the best physical shape!
Rocky Face Mountain Recreational Area is on the North Carolina Registry of Natural Heritage Areas and is located in Alexander County, North Carolina
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.
Helpful tips, resources and food and supply lists to ensure your next hiking trip is a memorable and enjoyable experience.
A trip report from our day trip to Cliff and Redfield Mountains in the Adirondack Park of Upstate, N.Y. In the Adirondack 46 High Peaks, Cliff is the 44th highest peak at 3,960 feet and Redfield is 15th at 4,606 feet.
Newfoundland is a hiker's paradise with more than 200 hiking and walking trails of varying degrees of difficulty, covering thousands of kilometers of this beautiful island.
The annual gathering of Appalachian trail hikers, from those who dayhike to those who hike the A.T. from end to end.
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.
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.
A trip report from the hike on Allen Mountain in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. Allen is the 26th highest Adirondack peak with an elevation of 4,340 feet.
In this article, I review the Keen Gypsum hiking boot. This tough new waterproof hiker conquers the trails while cushioning your feet. From backpacking to rugged hiking, I field tested the Gypsum for several months before writing this review.
This 100-mile-long canal, long since decommissioned, has been reborn as an outdoor recreation heritage site.
A trip report from our hike to the mountains of Colvin and Blake in the Adirondacks of Upstate, New York. Colvin and Blake are two of the mountains in the Adirondack Forty-Six Challenge, which consists of forty-six mountains above (or just below) 4,000 feet in the Adirondack Park.
Golden Gate Canyon State Park is just 30 minutes from Denver, and a good place to see fall colors. A thorough review of Beaver Trail, a 2.8-mile loop that winds through golden aspen groves.
How to use and read a compass; a valuable outdoor skill for fun and survival. An introduction to the device and its basic use.
Visiting the Forest Of Dean should be a wonderful experience, I want to give insight into my favourite things and places there also to share with people who are new to the area - the many wonders that can be found and enjoyed whilst visiting this magical place.
A pictorial guide of one of my favorite (long) dayhikes from -- and back to -- the South Rim of Grand Canyon
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.
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.
A summary of our hike and 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.
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.
Hocking Hills provides the chance to combine two hobbies: photography and hiking. But, with so many trails to hike, the experience can be a little confusing unless you know where to go.
A trip report from our day hike to the Great Range in the Adirondacks. The Great Range is made up of many mountains with great views, right in the heart of the Adirondack Park. Our trip included Lower Wolfjaw, Upper Wolfjaw, Armstrong, Gothics, Pyramid, and Sawteeth.
Join Outbound Dan Human on a short loop hike into the Niagara Falls Gorge from Devil's Hole State Park, down the Whirlpool Stairs and into the gorge past the iconic Giant Rock.
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.
As a resident of San Marcos, Texas and an avid hiker, these are my personal Top 5 trails to hike in San Marcos. These are relatively short hikes ranging from about a mile to 8.4 miles. Some hikes could be longer depending upon the route you take. Always remember to stay safe and stay hydrated!
From slippery leaves and disease spreading ticks to potentially being mistaken for a deer, hikers must take care when hitting the trails in autumn.
If you are going to Northern Italy and you like hiking, go to Stolvizza and experience its beautiful natural paths. Hidden gem in the Italian Alps.
Combine the trails of Lost Dutchman State Park to enjoy a tour of Sonoran Desert flora, wildlife and spectacular views of the Superstition Mountains.
Bryce Canyon NP in southern Utah has a spectacular red rock amphitheater that can easily be explored on foot in less than a day.
Want to trek Nepal's Annapurna Circuit? Learn about the three main trails, Himalayan culture, villages on the trail, food & drink, and more!
The Chautauqua Gorge is a beautiful swimming hole with waterfalls, a short distance from the world-famous Chautauqua Institute.
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.
When you go to Baguio City you are already on top of mountains; when you go to Mt. Santo Tomas, you will feel closer to heaven..
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.
Tips and techniques for using hiking poles, and recommended brands and models, from a hiker who's used them for thousands of miles.
From local day hikes to extended backpacking trips, everyone should carry the Ten Essentials while outdoors.
Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world. Many explorers have made it to the top, but this is my account of reaching Everest Base Camp in Nepal at 5,364m above sea level.
Sandhan Valley is a water-carved valley around 200 feet deep in Sayadris, India. Sandhan Valley is a unique experience combining adventure activity such as rappelling and staying amidst nature.
Geocaching (GEE-oh-cash-ing) is a great outdoors recreational activity that's similar to a scavenger hunt. There is a hidden object, and you're given clues and GPS (global positioning) coordinates to help you find it. It's incredibly fun, and...
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.
Begining at the Railway Coastal Museum in Downtown St. John's, NL, the Trans Canada Trail stretches more than 20,000km across Canada. From Mile Zero to Bowring Park covers the first 4km.
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
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.
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.
Hiking in the San Francisco Bay Area is amazing. Water flows along many of the area’s trails. Trees grow tall and lush. Views include the gorgeous San Francisco skyline and the Pacific Ocean.
A stop not to be missed while visiting the great "Last Frontier" . . . Alaska’s most accessible glacier, one of 38 glaciers flowing from the massive 1,500-square mile Juneau Icefield.
How to navigate with a map and compass, with an overview of types of maps, compass parts, declination, intersection and resection.
If you are looking for an easy hike to enjoy the splendor of the Grand Canyon while avoiding most of the tourists, this hike is for you.
How the device works, and stories of how the technology has been used and misused in the backcountry
Westport Lake and Nature Reserve in Stoke on Trent is an ideal venue for a stroll about the circular paths of the lake and nature reserve.
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...
For nature lovers and trekking enthusiasts, the Menalon Trail is one of the best if not the best experience you will ever have in Greece. Unfortunately, there's not a lot of information online and so here is the detailed guide to give you a glimpse of what it's really like...
Birding close to home can be as good as in large parks and refuges. See my visit to the Lowlands Trails in Kingwood, Texas.
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.
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.
How to tackle Norway's most epic hikes in only 5 days. This article provides you with all you need to plan your hiking trip to Trolltunga, Pulpit Rock and hike to Kjeragbolten in one week.
Issaquah and Sammamish, Washington are very dog friendly places. Read this article to get great ideas of things to do with your dog in these two cities east of Seattle.
Western Washington is filled with lush beautiful scenery. Whether you're new to the area, just breaking into the hiking scene, or a veteran hiker, this list of hikes won't disappoint.
Hiking the Grand Canyon with kids. Absolutely! Follow our adventure on The Bright Angel Trail, a great place for first-time canyon hikers.
Dale Sanders accomplished at the age of 82 what people much younger fail to do every year. He hiked the entire length of the Appalachian Trail.
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.
So you want to go night hiking? Taking a hike in the darkness is more complicated than just grabbing a flashlight and heading down the trail. Use these trail-tested techniques for a safe night hiking experience.
A selection of adventurous day hiking trips around North Alabama including Monte Sano, the Land Trust, and the Walls of Jericho.
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.
As a newcomer to hiking, you may be wondering what brands to use, what gear to bring, and how to best prepare for a climb. With this introduction to trekking, you will be ready for your next adventure in no time.
Explore Northeastern Ohio in the fall! An overview of the best spots to hike, drive, and experience the colorful fall season. Tips on which trails to hike and where to find the best views.
Close to Reno's downtown, the Hunter Creek trail leads to a lush waterfall and countless other natural gems.
Experience the Superstition Mountains up close and personal with this desert hike from the Lost Dutchman State Park to the Basin via the Siphon Draw trail.
Gulf Hagas, the Grand Canyon of Maine, very remote and only about 4 miles long and 100 feet deep, is filled with breathtaking vistas, waterfalls, pools, and sheer rock walls.
While in Santa Fe, take a quick and easy hike just south of town and enjoy petroglyph art made centuries ago. Combine a little exercise with your visit to the City Different.
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.
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.
The Sunset Trail climbs gradually to a ridge where you'll enjoy great views of Mt. Humphrey's (12,633 feet) before continuing on to Mount Elden's summit plateau.
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.
An easy hike through some fascinating rock formations in Southern Utah's Grande Staircase - Escalante National Monument.
Mount Misery is a climb with a beautiful view on top. Ready for a challenge—but not too big a challenge? Climb Mount Misery.
Mount Jefferson, in Ashe County in western North Carolina, offers picnicking and seven miles of wonderful hiking trails that range from easy to strenuous.
How to navigate on land without the use of instruments or anything but a map and some common sense skills.
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.
Walnut Canyon was inhabited over 800 years ago by the Sinagua people. This 20-mile-long, 400-foot-deep canyon, 1/4 of a mile wide, was their home for over 100 years.
Are you looking to buy new hiking or backpacking boots? A footwear manager and backpacker guides you through the boot buying decision making process.
Hanging Rock State Park is about a half-hour drive north of Winston-Salem, North Carolina and has some of the best hiking trails in the Triad. This park also has four waterfalls and even a mountain cave called Tory's Den.
Established in 1951, the Fannie Stebbins Memorial Wildlife Refuge provides hikers and bird enthusiasts with a chance to explore over 330 acres of pristine floodplain land along the Connecticut River.
A trip report from our hike on the Santanoni Range of the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate, N.Y. The range includes Santanoni, Couchsachraga, and Panther Mountains.
Situated near Clochan, in Kerry, Ireland, the Lough Adoon valley at Ballyhoneen contains rock art, wedge tombs, ancient settlements, & monuments from the Bronze Age to Early Christian times.
This tutorial demonstrates how to easily install topographical maps on a Garmin GPSmap 62 series global positioning system.
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.
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.
A selection of photos from my own hikes in the Grand Canyon and suggested photographic books from this natural wonder of the world.
Durango, Colorado sits in a picturesque river valley, surrounded by high land, which provides some excellent hiking opportunities for the day hiker.
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.
One of the newest additions to the Trails of North Carolina, Catawba falls offers two beautiful waterfalls, and an excellent hiking experience