High Peaks Trail – Venturing Into the Heart of Pinnacles National Park, California

After a few hour’s drive through the endlessly rolling farmlands of central California’s Salinas Valley, the towering landscape of Pinnacles National Park seems out of place. And it literally is. The steep canyons, rock spires, monumental monoliths and boulder-covered caves of the youngest of America’s national parks—its status was...

Top 5 Best Waterfall Hikes in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

There’s plenty to see and do in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia, as I’ve made abundantly clear in previous blog posts. From driving Skyline Drive to sunset hikes and stays at historic lodges, this wonderful mountain park has plenty to offer. What I haven’t talked about in greater detail, though,...

Climbing Kilimanjaro: Must-Know Things to Be Perfectly Prepared

Standing at just under 6,000 meters and surrounded by one of the most incredible and diverse landscapes on earth, Mount Kilimanjaro has drawn trekkers, travelers and adventurists for decades. Climbing Kilimanjaro is one of the greatest long-distance hikes in the world. The tallest free-standing mountain on earth, Kilimanjaro explodes...

Why Mount Rainier National Park is One of the Best Seattle Day Trips

You’re having a great time exploring the wildflower-strewn alpine meadows of Mount Rainier National Park, when, suddenly, you hear a sharp screech—almost a whistle. It’s a sound you haven’t heard before, making you stop in your tracks. Looking around, there’s nothing that stands out to your human eyes. As...

Stony Man Trail – Best Sunset Hike in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

I’ve talked a lot about how great Shenandoah National Park is for sunset and sunrise watching. There are a few summits and overlooks that are downright spectacular, which made me rave about this national park’s potential before. And that was when I hadn’t even hiked up to Stony Man,...