Trail Report: Summiting Bridge Mountain

I first hiked Bridge Mountain in April 2010 and failed to complete the hike.  You can read about that attempt here.  I was out of shape, no experience with Class 3 climbing techniques, and fully exhausted after the initial 150 ft climb.  This attempt … [Read more...]

Trail Report: Ewing Trail to White Rocks at Cumberland Gap National Historic Park

 The Ewing Trail up to White Rocks in Cumberland Gap NHP, is a strenuous hike that is not to be taken lightly. It's not extremely difficult in technicality, but the terrain and the elevation gain make this hike a challenge. The trail, which starts … [Read more...]

A Week on the John Muir Trail

This summer I spent a week backpacking through one of the most beautiful places on earth -- the John Muir Trail -- with my 15-year-old son. If you have kids, you can imagine how special this time was for me. The trail spans 211 miles, which is … [Read more...]

Trail Report: Charleston Peak hike

We decided to tackle southern Nevada's highest peak, Charleston Peak, from the Trail Canyon trailhead and then onto the North Loop Trail. We had planned to take the South Loop Trail as late as the night before the hike, but I was concerned about … [Read more...]

Trail Report: Havasu Falls Backpacking Trip

Trail Description The parking lot at the trailhead is stunning to say the least. It is perched more than 1000 feet above the valley floor and provides one of the best vistas of the trip. The trail starts with a steep descent down the face of the … [Read more...]

Trail Report: Echo Cliffs

Highlights The South Loop Trail is one of my favorites. But this is the first time that I have set foot on this trail with so much snow still on the ground. We set out with the goal of summitting Griffith Peak but the trail had a different agenda. … [Read more...]

Trail Report: Bridge Mountain

Highlights This is a very difficult hike and those that want to tackle Bridge Mountain should be experienced hikers with basic climbing skills. The ascent of Bridge Mountain includes a high level of exposure and multiple chimney climbs. Trail … [Read more...]