Beginner’s Trail Guide: Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Torrey Pines is a must-do if you’re visiting San Diego. It has stunning cliff views, a unique ecosystem, and plenty of beginner-friendly options for hiking.

Beginner’s Trail Guide: Needles Area of Canyonlands National Park

If you’re making a return to trip to Moab, I highly recommend blocking off a day to go to the Needles Area of Canyonlands National Park. Needles is a totally different landscape than what you see at Islands in the Sky (the main section of Canyonlands) or at Arches National Park, two of the moreContinue reading “Beginner’s Trail Guide: Needles Area of Canyonlands National Park”

Beginner’s Trail Guide: Sunset Hike at Dead Horse Point State Park

Arches National Park may get all the love for sunsets in Moab, but I’d much rather watch the sun go down over the jaw-dropping canyons of Dead Horse Point State Park. The cheery name has just about as cheerful of a story behind it, but don’t let that keep you from going! The west sideContinue reading “Beginner’s Trail Guide: Sunset Hike at Dead Horse Point State Park”

Beginner’s guide to hiking on a glacier in Alaska

Glacier-related activities are one of the main reasons to go to Alaska, and the absolute highlight of our trip was actually hiking on one. We signed up for MICA Guides‘ Advanced Trek on Matanuska Glacier north east of Anchorage, and despite the name, the only experience you need is a healthy sense of adventure. TimeContinue reading “Beginner’s guide to hiking on a glacier in Alaska”

Beginner’s Trail Guide: Grewingk Glacier Lake in ​Kachemak Bay State Park

This six-mile trek around Kachemak Bay State Park was the most ambitious hike of my Alaska trip. But, it wasn’t as nearly as strenuous as I thought it would be thanks to the trail being almost completely flat except for the last mile. You can do a slightly shorter hike by only hiking to GrewingkContinue reading “Beginner’s Trail Guide: Grewingk Glacier Lake in ​Kachemak Bay State Park”

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

The three-mile round trip 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 ofContinue reading “Beginner’s Trail Guide: Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park”

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 roundContinue reading “Beginner’s Trail Guide: Tonsina Trail in Seward, Alaska”

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 likeContinue reading “Beginner’s guide to staying hydrated while hiking”