I once went on an 8 mile round trip, couple thousand foot elevation gain hike in the mountains with barely any water. I got so dehydrated, I barely made it back. It was the most miserable I've ever been. Never again.
Edit: I looked up the exact trail. It was actually 10 mile, 3,000 foot elevation gain. Wtf is wrong with me, dang that was a dumb move. [link]
I just got back from a few day wilderness trip into Kings Canyon National Park from Onion Valley (eastern sierra). This is a picture was taken as I was hiking back from Glen Pass towards Kearsarge Lakes on the "high trail". The lake below is Bullfrog Lake, and the main peak is called East Vidette. As I thought about taking a picture from the trail, I noticed that I may be able to get a higher vantage point by going off the trail and hiking up the hill and climbing a few rocks. I carried a full frame camera with 2 lenses (16-35, 70-200) and a 3.5 pound tripod up to get the best photographs I could from this beautiful location. Happy trails!
Date: June 9, 2018
Feel free to ask me about conditions (Kearsarge pass, Glen pass, etc) or if you'd like more information on how to plan a trip up here.
If you'd like to see more of my photos (instagram)
Information on the Peak (summitpost)
Link to hiking information (alltrails)
Northern California. This is the trail i went on yesterday and today, this is the one i hope to go on very soon.
McAfee's Knob is my favorite.
Cascades is probably the most popular and easiest (and has a waterfall)
Dragon's Tooth is a more vigorous hike with a steeper incline
By the way, going to a football game on Saturday and then a hike on Sunday (followed by stuffing yourself silly at Homeplace) is pretty much the quintessential Virginia Tech experience in my book. If all that doesn't make you fall in love with VT, nothing will.
Houston, we check a lot of your boxes but summer is barely survivable and we are periodically underwater.
Obviously not rural, but we still have hiking. There's plenty of camping in state parks within an hour's drive. Good music, great food, huge car culture. Cheap to live and relatively easy to find work. I think those last bits are Houston's biggest selling points. It's lively down here, y'all.
EDIT: Deranged grammar
Not sure if the one in OP's picture is San Antonio hot springs, but imo San Antonio Hot Springs are the best in the Jemez area (and possibly the best geothermal springs in all of NM). Note - it says 0.6 mile trail, but that's only if you have a high clearance vehicle that can make it down the shitty road. A lot of people park near where the shitty road meets the paved road, and they walk the 5+ miles. SA Hot Springs is actually hot (extremely hot) relative to Spence and McCauley which are more 'warm' springs.
Food for thought, but if you go the southern route (through New Orleans, Birmingham, and Chattanooga) you'll run right along the Appalachians to Gatlinburg. Much more scenic drive than from Memphis. Chattanooga's also got tons of what you mentioned in your post. Sunrise at Snooper's Rock is cool
Foster Falls is a little out of the way (1 hour?), but I'm more familiar with that area than Chattanooga. Great waterfalls, a natural pool you can swim in, and right next to the Fiery Gizzard Trail. :)
EDIT: Adding for easy hiking references [link]
Drove to the mountain home Inn, hiked up and back down and then had lunch at the inn. Was awesome. See the trails in the link.
Blood Lake is really cool. Its up one of the Cottonwood canyons right on the other side of the water shed (dog friendly). The hike is short (.25-.5 miles) but a lot of up and down. Starts through dry dirt and rocks but evens out to trees and softer ground. Hike ends with a downhill descent that you wanna be careful around if you're taking a lot of supplies with you.
Near Forks so probably vampire or werewolf related. AllTrails shows the Rugged Ridge to Indian Pass trail nearby. There are several other un-named trails on gaiagps as well.
There's a trail called the Hieroglyphic Trail near where I live. The trail ends at a small pond with petroglyphs all around. Super neat to see, and a very moderate trail to hike if you're not super active.
We're visiting from Vermont, where we essentially live at sea level, so we did this hike on our sixth day in Colorado. We've been sleeping at 9,500 feet in Breckenridge and did a couple of hikes/nature walks earlier this week to acclimate for the 14er day. We initially planned to do the entire Democrat, Lincoln, Bross route, but by the time we reached Mount Cameron, about a half-hour shy of Mount Lincoln, the weather was looking bad. We turned back and descended in some freezing rain, but the weather was clear again down in the meadow below. Great hike! We'll be back for more 14ers, for sure.
There are many great trails around here. This has some of them:
Other than trying to tackle all of the Tecumseh trail, none of them are particularly daunting hikes. My favorite is Pate Hollow on 446. Close to town, hilly, and the structure makes it easy to get the distance you want out of a loop (between 2 and 6 miles).
Not OP, but this is how most people do it:
I'd never visited the San Jacinto Mountains before despite being able to see the range from my house, but once I found out that there was a sequoia grove on the northeast slope of the mountain I knew I had to take a hike.
According to Wikipedia there are over 150 giant sequoias in the grove. The U.S. Forest Service planted them in 1974 after a wildfire swept through Hall Canyon leaving the soil bare enough for these trees to germinate.
I started spotting them about a mile into Black Mountain Trail, which was a fun and challenging hike in and of itself. It boasted some spectacular views of the clouds covering Inland Empire.
More information on the sequoias can be found here.
I have honestly imagined that from the floor of a Hawaiian volcano. Got a chance to go to the Big Island last year, and hiked the Kilauea Iki. There's still steam or sulfur dioxide actively venting and we were the only ones down there at the time. Seriously creeped me out. Only time I looked forward to the steep ascent part of a hike.
Cable Mountain Trail in Zion NP.
Three ways to get to Cable Mountain - strenuous hike up from the Weeping Rock trail head accessible from the Zion Shuttle busses (15 1/2 mile roundtrip, elevation gain > 2000ft); slightly less strenuous hike from the East Entrance trail head (longer at 17 1/2 mile roundtrip, but less elevation gain ~ 1000ft); east boundary trail head if you can find it (7 1/2 mile roundtrip, minimal elevation change).
Deertrap Mountain is another much less travelled destination at Zion NP, for those interested in finding some solitude there after hiking Angels Landing.
Yes!! Back when I was running daily (3miles and some change), I lost fat very quickly. And I gained muscle, so at first it reflected on the scale. BUT, as you know, muscle weighs more than fat (but I was also lifting, lol). My weight didn't change much per se, but I got smaller. And my fat decreased. I highly, highly recommend running!
This sounds silly, but I started listening to music while running (I never listen to music, so it was pretty entertaining). I've also heard of people listening to audio books and foreign language lessons, but I have never done that. Seems like a good idea, though.
As far as fat moving - I Hate It. I wore compression layers. I have a large chest (36ddd at my lowest weight :( ), so I wore several sports bras. I wore softball sliders and basketball shorts. And for shirts, I would wear tight tank tops and a really loose t-shirt. It really helped me.
Also, if running isn't for you - walking is wonderful! Hiking is also less boring/monotonous than running, and you can explore /geocache.
Okay so a few of the things I mentioned:
Geocache (SUPER fun, good social activity, and there are apps with maps!): [link]
Hiking app: has really helped me find trails based on difficulty level and location - [link]
** Also, I have done walking/running exercise by volunteering at animal shelters and walking the dogs
There's a decent 'trail system' (of sorts) on the north side of Shawnee Mission Park. If you string them all together, you'll end up with 6 or 7 miles of trails across a variety of landscapes/terrains. If you're lucky, you may even find the 'waterfall' in the area. It's only several feet high and not much more than a trickle if it hasn't been raining but it's about as good as Shawnee has to offer.
/r/coloradohikers is a good resource. Beyond Horsetooth and Greyrock which are both fantastic, further into Poudre Canyon behind the CSU mountain campus there's a hike called Emmaline Lake that's a step up in length and difficulty from the other local hikes but ridiculously beautiful once the meadow beneath it thaws sometime in July. On par with some of the hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Have you hiked this trail before?
It's a pretty intense hike - like 4 miles horizontal, 1 mile vertical.
The only spot to camp with a tent (from my recollection) is near the top in the little valley before you climb the large rocks to the summit.
I've hiked this about 7-8 times, and it's a difficult hike with a light backpack. With a heavy backpack full of overnight gear, it's be extra challenging. For a young kid, probably very very difficult.
San Felasco, Ring Park.
Or, you could check out The Hiking Project or All Trails to search for trails on a map. Both free - though all trails does have a fee for the pro subscription.
Sipsey Wilderness. Between now and October, it'll be hot and sweaty AF, but it'll be fun. There is plenty of water for swimming and cooling down. Take bug spray.
Thank you! I actually went higher than the Big Beehive, which you can actually see in the photo below. I climbed up another 600ft in elevation to Devil's Thumb.
Lone Mountain is a small hike in a county park of the same name inside the urban area. It’s about 20 minutes west of the strip.
Check out this trail on AllTrails.
Frenchman Mountain to the east also has some trails and there’s somewhere around it you can search for trilobite fossils.
These two locations are close enough that you could uber/lyft out to the trail head. Below are some names you’ll want to google.
Going a little further from the strip, you might want to rent a car. There are mountain hikes all over the Mount Charleston area north on hwy 95.
To the south Black Mountain (near Henderson) has some nice trails that I don’t know anything about. You’ll need google’s help.
Up north on I-15 you can exit for Valley of Fire State Park. You’ll have some rugged but not mountainous hike options and really impressive sandstone and desert.
Finally out west of town is Red Rock Canyon. It’s suffering some during the govt shutdown but there are some trailheads for bigger mountain hikes like Turtle Mountain.
Vroman's Nose is an uphill hike but it's not steep and it's short (maybe 30-40 minutes up). It's pretty and the area has some fun stories and folklore. [link]
There are hundreds of miles of trails associated with the James River Park, of varying terrain. That website is worth thumbing through, check out the walking section here for some ideas. There's nothing I'd really consider as technical or strenuous as a hike except maybe the Buttermilk. I did the Northbank trail from the Texas Beach parking lot to Belle Isle the other evening and enjoyed it. Both Northbank and Buttermilk are singletrack and heavily biked, so you'll have to be alert to cyclists and yield to them. There are also flat hardpack trails through the main area along Riverside drive and on Belle Isle for something a little more relaxed. The Canal Walk and Floodwall walk are popular, too.
I just realized I meant to say Uneva Peak, not Ute, sorry. Here's the route I took in case it's still useful. After turning right at the loop the campsite was located next to the lake running along the other trail.
I did it Monday. Albion Road/Albion Pass (don't know, just moved here myself) is closed to vehicles but not people. We drove to Alta, parked at the Goldminer's Daughter, and hiked from there. Some snow on the ground, but the trail is visible. I followed AllTrails if and when I got confused.
Fabulous hike! I tackled this one for the first time last fall with my dad and we had an awesome time of it.
If you're looking for more, Horsetooth Mountain and Greyrock are personal favorites of mine.
I would do the Raven Cliff Falls hike to the falls then return on the Dismal trail. That thing will kick your butt. It did mine last week. It is around seven miles and steep in sections.
I enjoy the Fullerton loop trail. It's right here in the middle of the city but manages to somehow disappear into nature. Horses and trail bikes are allowed.
Not bad for being in the city.
Goal: Build to 40-50 mpw by end of 2018; get comfortable with speed work
Plan: Summer of Malmo (i.e. run more, sometimes (comfortably) hard, have fun)
Total: 36 running miles; Acute-to-Chronic ratio: 0.88, but realistically probably 0.90-0.95 because of the hiking miles. Still well below injury zone so that’s good.
Thoughts: Malmo week 4 (down week) complete! This week is my adding-a-double week, pretty exciting!
I knew that was the general rule, which is why I didn’t hike Wagonwheel, but the wta and national site were silent on dogs but all trails specifically said dogs allowed on leash so I think I was okay?
Mill Creek Trail.
There are quite a few. Mill creek (above) is my favorite. All Trails will be your best friend in finding these.
Holy Jim Falls Holy Jim Falls is a relatively easy OC hike that is a fun time - extra points to the Forest Service road covering the last couple miles to get there; it’s an E Ticket in itself.
Highly recommend visiting Big Basin state park and hiking to Berry Creek Falls. You can do the shorter out & back or the longer loop.
Old Glory mountain seen from the top of Grey Mountain at Red Resort ski hill.
The other peaks to the right is where the bike trail Seven Summits preside.
I did an overnight there a few months ago. Left the car at the Black Mountain Campground. We paid $5 and they let us use the showers the next morning too. I've added a link to my hike, hopefully it works. I'm not sure how accurate the mileage is. It was messing up a little but I have camping spots and water locations saved.
If you're up for a bit of a drive, which in itself is actually quite beautiful, I would suggest Ptarmigan Cirque: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/canada/alberta/ptarmigan-cirque . You can either just hike up to the meadow, or go up a bit farther at the end of the meadow for views of the bowl below Mt. Rae. We did this hike a couple of weeks ago and there was still some snow in the meadow as well, which was pretty neat.
It's a bit of a hike, but I have yet to see a better place than Willow Lakes in Silverthorne. I've been there the past two summers and it was so picturesque with the pristine lakes.
The Waterman Loop Trail is 6 miles. alltrails link
Says he was found in Devils Canyon and drank stream water.
I'm guessing he ended up descending down the Waterman Mountain Trail that takes you to the saddle below Twin Peaks?
Maybe he headed west from there down Devils Canyon.
I dunno. Just spitballing.
In any case, the hiking group he was with needs to wake the hell up.
Glad he was found in good health.
Beehive Loop is short and has great views:
Cadillac Mountain at sunrise is great:
This trail in Skidaway Island is my favorite because of the length, multiple routes and views. Plus it's free! Watch out for mountain bikers though.
Oh man reminds me of when we camped in a designated spot at the end of Pratt Lake. The best spot is right where that pic with the logs is from.
We ran into a ranger and she was checking on the campsites in the area and was super pissed because she found that someone from the previous night had made a fire in a dug out in the base of tree and it was still smoldering that the next evening when we had both arrived. She was telling us about how she could write some hefty fines if she found out who did it.
This trail is one of our favorites. A short there-and-back to a peak that has arguably the best view of the three Shasta's (Dam, Lake, and Peak). Pack a lunch and eat at the picnic table at the top. While the trail is a bit of a climb, it is easy enough to take along novice/ younger hikers. Keep an eye out for mountain bikers that share the trail, though.
Armstrong Woods in Sonoma County is also fantastic and often less crowded than Muir woods.
It's also close to Pomo Canyon trail, which is right on the coast.
I agree. The OSP areas with their miles of uncrowded trails, serene forests, well-marked trails and total lack of good selfie spots make them a must skip destination.
Please save your time and do not go there because you will be VERY bored!
Here are much more beautiful places that you can show all of your friends on Insta:
Again, stay away from OSP's!! BoooOOOOringgg
I just left nwa a few weeks ago and visited about 7 hiking spots. That's said, my favorite hike there was Lost Valley Trail by Kingston, roughly an hour and more drive from Fayetteville. On mobile but here's the alltrails link
When you reach the end, crawl into the cave about 20 yards and it'll spit you into a good size 60ft tall cavern with a waterfall. It's magnificent. Take a headlight or flashlight
Backbone is great; you will also want to visit the parks in and around Dubuque, especially the Horseshoe Bluff trail at the Mines of Spain.
I'm only joking with the reaction image, I had the times of my life yesterday.
This is the closest hike I could find to the hike I took [link]
Nope, the route we took is a scramble . There are several alpine routes up, but it’s just a long hike from sentinel pass with a couple short 4th class sections.
Edit: another guide for the temple
Scramble from Parks Canada
If you are up for a decent hike than Bridal Falls is pretty cool. There are not a ton of hikes in Colorado that have waterfalls of any kind so it can be a special treat. Here is a link to the hike, also All Trails is a fantastic website/app for finding cool hikes
I'll do bullet points:
My favorite hike in the entire Dorset/Rupert/Pawlet/Wells/Danby/Wallingford area is Haystack Mountain (a little more info here).
The closest ski areas to you are probably going to be Pico and Okemo with Pico being the better of the two, in my opinion.
Check out the Rutland Farmer's Market in the Walmart parking lot on Saturdays.
Keep an eye out for the Rupert game supper (it'll be a Saturday in late November), which seems to have the widest variety of different kinds of meats out of all the game suppers in that part of the state.
If you're into board games, Black Moon Games in Rutland (between Walmart and the post office) has a good selection and runs a lot of different events every week.
If you like cheese, Consider Bardwell Farm is in Pawlet right by the New York state line.
You should be able to get milk from a local dairy (Thomas, just north of Rutland) at any of the supermarkets around.
Mad Tom Orchard in Dorset is a great place to go raspberry picking in the summer and apple picking in the fall. They should be open for raspberries in July.
General words of advice: I'm not sure what you're expecting to find in Vermont, but be aware that the area you're moving to is not really the Phish/tie-dye/Ben-and-Jerry's version of the state that a lot of people seem to expect. It is also probably not as convenient as you are used to - most things are going to be a twenty minute drive away. If you can take the place as it is, it's a great place to live and you'll get to see a micro-culture that doesn't exist in very many places anymore. I highly recommend getting involved in hunting if that interests you at all.
Bug spray with as much deet as possible (do not use if wife is preggers) and for the cooler you can get a regular ass one, buy a case of bottled waters, freeze them solid for a day or two before your trip, and then use those as “ice”. When they thaw, you got some cold ass water. Dry ice at the bottom also works, just lay a wash cloth or something similar to act as a barrier. In terms of hiking, it really depends on how far and how strenuous you wanna go, (this site gives some good suggestions.)[[link]]
For trail running, you can easily take a bus route from the downtown transit center up to Magnolia, where you'll find Discovery Park. Plenty of trails to run around and a good option close to the city.
There are a ton of options but one that comes to mind is Lonesome Lake. At just over 3 miles it would make an easy/moderate introduction to snowshoeing and winter hiking. There's a hut at the lake you could use to warm up in, if needed. It is a comparatively safe hike because of the hut and how heavily trafficked that area is (but obviously still come prepared). Bring cash if you want anything from the hut and get there very early because parking can be a pain.
Tolmie Peak is one of my favorites has a beautiful view of Mount Rainier. It's a little buggy, but the wildflowers this time last year were insanely beautiful. You can opt to climb to the top where the fire lookout is, or just to Lake Eunice with all the flower fields. There's quite a bit more gain than your two, but taking your time may even be worth it for how stunning it is.
Sorry for your loss, OP.
In Grand Teton I'd suggest camping at Gros Ventre
A lot less busy then the campgrounds in the park proper but way more wildlife. Bison regularly walk through. Moose in the morning. Fox. Antelope across the street. Nice big hill across the street to walk to the top of. The cliff swallows are fucking crazy. I can spend the day just watching them while drinking beer and fishing.
On your drive from there to Yellowstone stop at Huckleberry Hot springs
9 miles in and out, so 4 or 5 hours if you're walking.
I heard there was a swiming spot under the bridge. I missed that when I went. Interesting place though, gold miners live on the river. Some amazing valley views.
Upper Chicago Lake. Short, nice drive from Denver to already scenic Echo Lake, then a difficult but rewarding hike ending at an alpine lake beneath Mt Evans
Here's a pic I took and some info:
If you liked Mount Tammany, Stairway to Heaven is another short climb and descent with good views at the top.
The Cushetunk Trail at Round Valley Reservoir is a beautiful loop with frequent views of the water and wild raspberries during the summer.
Buttermilk Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in NJ. It's pretty remote and the hike up from the falls is really steep.
If you and/or the kids are up for a hike, my favorite short-ish hike in the White Mountains is hike up to the Lonesome Lake hut on Cannon Mountain:
The hike to the hut (really more of a lodge) follows a stream all the way up with lots of waterfalls. The lake is really peaceful and pretty, and in season (June through October) you can get a hot meal at the hut. The trail map can be found here:
I actually hiked it round trip in about 5 hrs. Takes a bit of climbing but nothing technical. West Glacier Trail Trail
It was sad to see how fast all of it was melting.
4 day 3 nights and 1st time in Trinity Alps which was glorious. Info and pictures from my recording of the journey below.
Check out my activity on AllTrails.
I agree that those two hikes would be too short. Good day hikes though. I would recommend driving up to Grandjean campground it's about 2 hours from Boise and you'll have a good place to leave your car. The Sawtooth lake loop is a good 18 miles with great views and lakes. Here's some info.
If you get up on the northeast side of the lake you will find great places to set-up your tent.
I just started getting into hiking. The palmetto trail was great and pretty easy. I was really cool hiking around bonneau ferry.
[link] this is basically what I was using.
When I first moved out here I was kinda in the same boat. I used these three websites, as well as reddit to find different hikes. I would also ask employees at REI as they are usually well acquainted with the area. Or out on the trails I try to strike up conversation with people and see what they've been up to.
Don't overlook the Kolob Canyons section of Zion just off of I15 north of St George. Nice hikes like Middle Fork of Taylor Creek.
Second going to Cedar Breaks to get altitude and away from the heat. Maybe combine day trip to Cedar Breaks with the Kolob Canyon area.
For the trip from this pic, we parked at the Long Canyon trailhead and combined this Long Canyon to Deer Lake hike with Four Lakes Loop. We also did Canyon Creeks Lakes, an out-and-back, another year. Loved them both.
I’ve walked the ridgeline trail. It’s 13.7miles, half a marathon, up hill from Kings Mountain North to the peak of Pinnacle in Crowders mountain state park and down to the Visitors center. It would be a great trail to walk in the fall/winter once the leaves change and drop off the trees. Otherwise you can’t see much past the trees. Last year when I went it was very well maintained.
Here’s a link to my all rails record.
I was going to suggest Loch Leven Lakes but the elevation is 10,748′... probably still pretty snowy. Here are some recent reviews: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/loch-leven-lakes-trail
It might get pretty warm, but you could always do Henry W. Coe State Park. Lots of backpacking there and definitely no snow.
Anywhere! It all depends on the length you want to run.
Check out AllTrails
Thetis is either a 4k (lower) or 8k (lower + upper) loop
Elk / Beaver lake I think is 10k
Francis King is a bit short for my liking.
If you're in for some uphill:
Mt. Doug has lots of different routes
Mt. Wells is a killer workout and has awesome views from all 3 summits
If you want to explore, jog up to the Goldstream trestle, walk across and keep going. There are a few other fun landmarks to see if you follow along the tracks.
If you're down, MEC has a race at Beaver Lake in October. They do several a year and the trail ones are fun.
There's also the Vancouver Island Trail Series. These are a bit more grueling to participate in but the course maps are posted so you can get some ideas and create your own route.
Buttermilk Bend is a fantastic leisurely trail. 2.4 miles out and back, plenty of access to the Yuba river for swimming (I recommend beneath the bridges), 90 minute drive from Midtown, ample parking, clean facilities, and dog friendly (leash required).
Still feeling like a (very exhausted) brick shithouse. I did side bends with a 55 pound kettlebell today. I strict pressed 80 pounds for triples.
My husband and I are theoretically going backpacking this weekend. We still need to buy a small tent, a new sleeping bag for me, and food. And we haven't asked for Friday off of work yet. Or arranged pet care. Really going into this half-assed, but that's part of the fun.
It’s part of the new Window Cliffs State Natural Area near Baxter. There’s only one trail — the Window Cliffs Trail — there and it takes you across 9 creek crossings and straight up to the top of the cliffs.
Window Cliffs AllTrails link
howecaverns.com (they have a motel with the best views in the county, no food though)
The American Hotel is gonna be your best bet for a nicer hotel, check out the Beekman Boy's store.
Most food options are anything in Cobleskill. There's not a ton of "healthy" food, but check out Grapevine Farms.
Also go to any of the farmsteads, Barber's Farm is the biggest.
For nature, you must hike Vroman's Nose:
Mount Bierstadt is outstanding hike, and it's a great option for your first 14er. If you take the West Slopes route from the Guanella Pass trailhead, it's a class 1 trail to reach its summit. You'll just need to make sure you're acclimated to the altitude, and that you start early enough and check the weather to avoid any potential thunderstorms that might roll in.
The "Saw Tooth" is a section of the ridge between Mt Bierstadt and Mt Evans. You don't need to go on this section to get to the summit of Mt Bierstadt. Unfortunately, the map of the route on AllTrails is wildly incorrect. The trail description they have reads: "This is a great all day hike in which you will climb two 14ers, Mt. Bierstadt and Mt. Evans" and "Start out early if you plan to do both peaks," However, the map of the trail only shows it going up to the summit of Mt Bierstadt. It also puts a yellow dot marking the "The Beginning of Saw Tooth" in an incorrect spot, prior to the summit of Mt Bierstadt. This is totally wrong and easy to see by comparing the AllTrails map to many others.
For a much better map and a helpful trail description, check out this interactive map on The Hiking Project (free site): [link].
The Hiking Project map has the location of the Saw Tooth marked in the correct spot with an exclamation point between the summits of Mt Bierstadt and Mt Evans. It also shows the trail all the way to Mt. Evans in case you want to go for two 14er summits in one day. :-) Hope you have a great hike.
Any bit of natural Florida you can find will be amazing.
Check Trailahassee, hit some of the trails, and you'll see plenty.
This site ranks the trails for birding, but you'll notice it's most of the trails in Tallahassee... [link]
Asheville itself is in more of a valley, so getting to higher elevations usually requires a vehicle. One thought, if time and proximity are issues, is to take an Uber to the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge (it's less than 6 miles). That will give you an identifiable place to be picked up later as well, plus the Center has some nice small exhibits of folk art (old and modern). But the Mountains to Sea trail goes right through there, and the hike to Haw Creek Overlook should be pretty manageable. You won't feel remote and it hugs the parkway in places, but it's close to town and ground transportation should be pretty easy from where you are staying.
Of course. Found It. It’s actually in Auburn. Called Hidden Falls. Beautiful hike and there are three levels of skill to choose from. Expect a good 3-4 hour hike and I prefer to wear flexible shoes as opposed to hiking boots. Hybrid shoe is good. There are some gnarly spots on the advanced trail. And best thing is everyone usually rests on the huge rocks river side and has lunch. Great for dogs too.
Hidden Falls trail
This is the out and back 10mi hike we did. Took some altitude adjustment at first but an otherwise easy-ish hike with a crazy good reward! Fairly busy but easy enough to feel alone while staying close to town. Dogs allowed! Bring bug spray for the lower elevations, and permits for overnight use.
Spent three months in the backcountry in PNW after high school. Live in western CO now. Have hiked in HI too. This was completely avoidable. You don’t go solo in HI on steep terrain after rain. You take a phone. There’s a reason her car was the only one there. It was not a suitable day to be on that trail.
Check out this trail on AllTrails.
I did a third of this solo this summer but turned back because it was unsafe. Did the incline instead. She had shitty judgement and put many people at risk.
grouse ridge area has a ton of little lakes, and it's at a fairly low elevation so i'd imagine there won't be too much snow or ice unless you getup to the top of the area.
i've camped all over this area from spring to fall, it's easy to get to, and lots of spots to explore.
anywhere around these areas should give you what you're looking for, and lots of trails to make it up as you go, too.
North Burlington near the village of Lowville. On the River and Ruin trail (part of the Bruce trail) is an abandoned farm house in the middle of the forest.
Sadly it is crumbling and is a fraction of what it was 30 years ago.
Here is a map to it:
Enter off Brittania road and hike in. It is a beautiful walk. A little difficult to find the house though, which is part of the fun.
There is an old wagon trail, a brown's lake, and a beaver creek, and some great fly fishing in the area.
TIL that more than 300 bombers crashed in a 2 year period during training in the 1940's and many were in Colorado.
Mine are all scenic outdoor destinations.
Steep Ravine trail on Mt Tam, or the whole Steep Ravine/Matt Davis/Dipsea loop if you're up for it: [link]
Vulcan and Saturn stairways
top of Mt Davidson (highest point in SF)
Andy Goldsworthy hike in the presidio [link]
Pipeline trail up milcreek should be good. Raining in the valley tonight, so might bet a tiny bit of snow.
Perfectly flat, can go full 13 miles, if you have the legs for it.
We went up to Rawson Lake a few weeks ago and my brother continued on to Sarrail Ridge. It was about 2.5-3hr return from the parking lot at upper lake. He got some really great shots. Might be longer if you don't hike much or prefer a slower pace.
It was closed earlier in the year due to bear activity but opened back up. Bring bear spray in any case as you should anywhere in that area.
Hickory Run State Park! Rented a cabin there back in May for my buddy's bachelor party. We did whitewater rafting and some hiking, really cool area.
Also, you can check out Boulder Field, which is surreal to see in person.
The Twin Lakes trail in the Sequoias is gorgeous. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/twin-lakes-trail
There's a lot of connecting trails out there and the rangers might be able to help you pick some spots to do a through hike or loop. Start at Lodgepole. I'm not sure if the Georges Fire is affecting anything in that area right now, though.
Bonanza mine in Park City. It's a 1 mile hike and there's a map available on all trails. There's a mine shaft that I never really explored, but the star of the show is a massive building that sits on the side of a hill at 6 or 7 stories tall! Bonus: last I checked there isn't a single sign about trespassing.
Edit: link to Alltrails with GPS map and pictures of site.
Based on the title, I am going with Gateway Loop Trail in the Mcdowell Mountains.
I hear Reddit has a few forums. /r/camping, /r/CampingandHiking, /r/WildernessBackpacking -- Depends on what kind of camping you're going to be doing.
Alltrails will list reviews given by hikers.
I've been working my way through these lists: [link]
Those sites all have difficulty ratings so you can pick something challenging when you're up for it, or something easy when you're not! Plus it will tell you if they allow dogs, fires, etc.
On the bottom half of the state:
Hike the Pettit and Toxaway Lakes loop in the Sawtooths: [link]
Stay in Stanley if you want a cheeper place to stay (other than camping).
Visit a developed hotspring in Idaho City (The Springs) or ones near McCall Idaho. Go zip lining at Tamarack or Horseshoe bend.
Go wildwater rafting on the Payette river.
Mt. Muscoco is where I initially thought of when I saw this.
I was mistaken about the split rock visible in my photos from the top of section 16. They are too large.
But I took my lunch early and just drove to the top of the seven bridges trails in Cheyenne Canyon.
The area seemed right, but I could not locate that specific rock. If someone were able to get to the top of muscoco, they would probably be able to see this rock somewhere, you get an amazing, unobstructed view into the range from up there.
Almost every trail would be safe to hike alone as long as you have a little common sense. If you pack more water than you think you need, and some food you'll be fine. I like this website when I'm trying to find a new trail. The ones near the city are great, but getting up into one of the canyons is prettier imo.
Here's a small list of towns/cities you might want to become familiar with for a variety of culinary and weekend daytime/nightlife opportunities (in no particular order):
Jersey Shore points worth checking out:
Note: I'd avoid Seaside Heights and Wildwood, but that's just my 2 cents. Depends on what you're looking for.
Since you mentioned hiking:
Check out AllTrails if you want to find more decent spots in the area for hiking.