Beginner’s Trail Guide: Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park

The three-mile roundtrip hike to Exit Glacier was the most beginner-friendly trek I did during our road trip to Alaska. And don’t worry, beginner-friendly doesn’t mean you lose out on panoramic mountain views and an up-close look at a big ol’ glacier. The entire hike took me just over an hour, with plenty of photo…

Beginner’s Trail Guide: Tonsina Trail in Seward, Alaska

Seward was one of our favorite towns during our Alaska road trip, and I could’ve stayed a week there for the hiking alone. There were a ton of great options, and the Tonsina Trail in Caines Head Recreation Area was a fantastic way to kick off the trip. While steep in places, this 4.5-mile round…

Beginner’s guide to Grand Teton National Park

I remember seeing Grand Teton in a textbook as a kid, and the image of the insanely rugged but also beautiful snow-capped mountains stuck with me since. They seemed like they were on another planet that I’d probably never get to. I think eight-year-old me would be pretty excited to know that I finally got…

Beginner’s guide to staying hydrated while hiking

Staying hydrated is one of the most important ways to make sure you enjoy yourself outdoors, no matter what season it is. Hiking is 100 times more enjoyable when you have water…and you actually remember to drink it. I can’t even count how many times just drinking some water has taken care of feeling like…

Beginner’s Trail Guide: Mystic Falls at Yellowstone National Park

There is no shortage of waterfalls in Yellowstone National Park, but if you’re looking for a shorter hike that’s beginner-friendly, Mystic Falls is your best bet in the southwest section of the park. The trailhead is located at Biscuit Basin, a 10-minute drive from the Old Faithful Inn. After 2.5 miles (round trip), you’ll have…

Beginner’s Trail Guide: Trout Lake in Yellowstone National Park

The hike to Trout Lake is a great way to top off a morning of wildlife watching in the Lamar Valley (extra bonus: have roadside breakfast at Soda Butte Creek on your way). This 1.2-mile hike in the northeast section of Yellowstone is initially steep but totally doable for beginner hikers. Once you get up to…

What to bring hiking when you’re just starting out

As a beginner, you’ll probably always have cell service and not be far from civilization, so you don’t have to be prepared for the apocalypse on your first hike. BUT (there’s always a but) bringing a few basic supplies will make sure you have a good time and can deal with minor mishaps. Here’s what I put…