Create a Hiking Trip Plan

 "Safety doesn't happen by accident.”  ~Author Unknown Safety precautions taken when hiking can mean the difference between life and death. Hiking safely means you sign in at trailheads, correctly know and use navigational skills, carry … [Read more...]

The Badass Day Hiker’s Gear List

Share this Infographic on your site: Who doesn't love a great gear list!  Well this one is designed specifically for day hikers and includes not only the gear you should consider but also spaces to add … [Read more...]

The Basics: 5 things to take with you on a day hike

I have been reading lots of stories of day hikes gone wrong lately.  I covered the topic of rescues in Yosemite in a post a few weeks ago. And this week another story of rescue hit the press. He went off trail and found himself stuck with no cell … [Read more...]

Safely finding and pushing your limits as a hiker

It's not always easy to find our limits as day hikers.  Some physical limits can only be defined in extreme conditions, maybe only under the harshest weather or terrain.  Mental limits can present themselves regardless of the conditions, terrain, or … [Read more...]

I just filed my first Trail Report

I have successfully entered my first Trail Report on Trail Sherpa. I hiked 12.5 miles at the Greensboro Watershed, which is about 40 miles from my home west of Winston Salem, North Carolina. Note our trail reports are split into tabs -- one for … [Read more...]

Our Team is ready to lead

It's been months in the making and we're just getting started.  But I am very excited to introduce Our Team here at Trail Sherpa, or at the very least the founding members. The concept I had in my head was simple: I wanted to build a team of my … [Read more...]

Trail Sherpa’s taking a seat at the adult table

The coming weeks are going to represent a defining shift in the history of Trail Sherpa. What was launched as a hiking blog is about to become so much more. My team and I started Trail Sherpa nearly two years ago as a hiking blog where I would … [Read more...]

Mary Jane Falls and Big Falls Loop

Switchbacks, a half mile snow field, ice bridges, and crevasses - all in the desert less than an hour from Las Vegas! About an hour west of Las Vegas lies the Spring Mountain range home to the Mt Charleston Wilderness.  It's the summer hangout … [Read more...]

The best Father’s Day hike in Red Rock ever!

That's a strong title for a blog post and it's going to be difficult to make sure the following story lives up to it...but I think it will! This Father's Day was my third but just the first as a father of two.  Earlier in the week I received an … [Read more...]

Joshua Tree National Park – a climber’s perspective

[tab:Overview] I have a great group of hiking buddies here in Las Vegas.  There is always someone that is ready and able to tackle a trail with me regardless of the timing.  My friend Brian is solely responsible for getting me back into nature … [Read more...]

Grand Canyon Backcountry

We'd like to welcome Kelli to the Trailsherpa family! She's a runner and hiker located in Lawrence, Kansas. This story reflects a trip she took into the Grand Canyon backcountry a few years back. A while back a friend offered me the chance to … [Read more...]

Looking back – a year in pictures 2010

I know it's a bit early to start with all the "Top 10..." lists and even the "Year in Review" type posts, but here is my first for 2010 anyway. I have been migrating most of my digital media from my laptop to an external drive to free up some … [Read more...]

Charleston Peak hike

[tab:Overview] Activity: Hiking, peak bagging Location: Mt Charleston Wilderness, Spring Mountains NRA Time on Trail: 12 hours, 45 mins Difficulty: Difficult Distance: 17.14 miles Elevation: +/- 4100 This is without a doubt … [Read more...]

First Creek Canyon hike

[tab:Overview] Activity: Hiking Location: Red Rock Canyon NCA Time on Trail: 2 hrs 30 mins (moving time) Difficulty: Easy to moderate Distance: 3.90 miles Elevation: +/- 593 feet   First Creek Canyon is a very accessible … [Read more...]

Havasu Falls Backpacking Trip

[tab:Overview] Activity: Backpacking Location: Havasupai Indian Reservation, AZ Time on Trail: 11 hours (moving time) Difficulty: Difficult Distance: 24.65 miles (plus side trips) Elevation: +/- 2650 ft   Trailhead From … [Read more...]

Sedona Loop Hike

[tab:Overview] Activity: Hiking Location: Red Rock-Secret Mountain Wilderness Time on Trail: 7 hrs Difficulty: Difficult Distance: 14.17 miles Elevation: +2585/-2462 Trailhead From the Sedona Y take the 89A 3.1 miles to Dry Creek … [Read more...]

Bristlecone Trail Hike – Luke & Jenny

[tab:Overview] Activity: Hiking Location: Mt Charleston Wilderness, Spring Mountains NRA Time on Trail: 2 hours 45 mins Difficulty: Easy Distance: 2.87 miles Elevation: +689/-671 Trailhead From Las Vegas, take US 95 North to State … [Read more...]

Echo Cliffs

[tab:Overview] Activity: Hiking, backpacking Location: Mt Charleston Wilderness, Spring Mountains NRA Time on Trail: 6 hours Difficulty: Difficult Distance: 4.24 miles Elevation: +2606/-2567 Trailhead From Las Vegas, take US 95 … [Read more...]

Bridge Mountain

[tab:Overview] Activity: Hiking, scrambling, bouldering Location: Red Rock Canyon NCA Time on Trail: 5 hrs 50 mins Difficulty: Difficult Distance: 5 miles out and back Elevation: +/- 2000 feet Trailhead From the Las Vegas side, … [Read more...]

Calico Basin to Brownstone Canyon

[tab:Overview] Activity: Hiking, Scrambling Location: Red Rock Canyon NCA Time on Trail: 4 hrs 30 mins Difficulty: Moderate Distance: 6.5 miles Elevation: Trailhead From Las Vegas, take Charleston Blvd/ Hwy 159 west towards Red … [Read more...]

Calico Basin Loop

[tab:Overview] Activity: Hiking, scrambling Location: Red Rock Canyon NCA Time on Trail: 3 hrs Difficulty: Moderate Distance: 3 miles Elevation: Trailhead From Las Vegas, take Charleston Blvd/ Hwy 159 west towards Red Rock. Turn … [Read more...]

Oak Creek Canyon

[tab:Overview] Activity: Hiking, scrambling, bouldering Location: Red Rock Canyon NCA Time on Trail: 4 hrs Difficulty: Moderate Distance: 5 miles Elevation: +/- 450 ft Trailhead The Oak Creek Trailhead is a marked turnoff … [Read more...]

Trail Canyon to North Loop Trail

[tab:Overview] Activity: Hiking, backpacking Location: Mt Charleston Wilderness, Spring Mountains NRA Time on Trail: 6 hrs Difficulty: Moderate Distance: 10 miles Elevation: +/- 2500 feet Trailhead From Las Vegas, take US 95 North … [Read more...]

Griffith Peak Summit Hike

[tab:Overview] Activity: Hiking, peak bagging Location: Mt Charleston Wilderness, Spring Mountain NRA Time on Trail: 5 hrs Difficulty: Difficult Distance: 8.25 miles Elevation: +/- 3800 feet Trailhead From Las Vegas, take US 95 … [Read more...]