- Franconia Ridge Trail in NH
- Alum Cave in Smoky MountainNational Park
- Sky Pond in Rocky Mountain National Park
- Kilauea'iki Trail in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, this was more than a weekend
We bushwhacked it a bit after seeing some locals duck the railing at the "end" of the trail. Best 3-4 hours of hiking I never expected to do. Gorgeous.triceratop wrote: ↑Thu Mar 15, 2018 9:44 pmMt. Everest is a good day hike IMO. YMMV. Good luck.
I'd recommend "The Needle" -- in 'Iao Valley State Park, Hawaii. It's less than a day hike unless you bushwhack with a map, needle and compass as I did. Lots of unexplored country with spectacular views.
There’s 58 14’ers. Mt Evans you can drive to the top of so that takes away from the adventure. I wouldn’t attempt any without being in top physical shape and understanding Colorado weather. Many people die each year attempting to summit these without the right preparation.
Yes, you can drive to the top of Evans, but there's also a short 4 mile roundtrip hike that begins at Summit Lake and has only 2000 feet of elevation gain. I did this hike 2 weeks after moving to Denver from a low elevation city in the South and not being in the greatest shape at the time. Of the 20 or so that I've climbed so far, I think this is one of the easier ones for a beginner. Bierstadt isn't bad either, but it's a longer hike if you take the standard route and not nearly as scenic in my opinion.Iliketoridemybike wrote: ↑Fri Mar 16, 2018 6:27 amThere’s 58 14’ers. Mt Evans you can drive to the top of so that takes away from the adventure. I wouldn’t attempt any without being in top physical shape and understanding Colorado weather. Many people die each year attempting to summit these without the right preparation.
Bierstadt, Evans neighbor, is a good first time one.
Hanakaipai Trail is fantastic. I believe the round trip hike to the waterfall and back is about 4-5 hours depending on conditions. I haven’t experienced many of these other hikes but Hanakaipai is a memory I’ll never forget.
+1Cyclesafe wrote: ↑Fri Mar 16, 2018 8:52 amIf you like to hike, please consider trekking in Europe. Combine hiking with only a day pack on well-marked scenic trails through the best the planet has on offer and have someone else see your luggage to the next night's accommodation.
We're in our 60's and have done the almost 200 mile Coast-to-Coast in Northern England, the similar length Southwest Coastal Path around Cornwall, the Trans Alpina in Switzerland, and a shorter trek in the Austrian Dachsteins. https://www.sherpaexpeditions.com/
Self-guiding and you pick your own level of accommodation and choose your own food. We're going to go on many more of these trips before our dottage.
Was at BBNP in October - absolutely amazing time and unlike anywhere else I've been in Texas. Want to get out to Palo Duro Canyon at some point with the free roaming buffalo/bison.
I won't either, in part because of the beautiful views but also because our hike was cut short because we had to tend to a Boy Scout with heat stroke who was nearly unconscious 1.5 miles into the trailGlockenspiel wrote: ↑Fri Mar 16, 2018 8:19 amHanakaipai Trail is fantastic. I believe the round trip hike to the waterfall and back is about 4-5 hours depending on conditions. I haven’t experienced many of these other hikes but Hanakaipai is a memory I’ll never forget.
Thanks for the links! Hiking Washington and others in the range is on my list if I can ever get that far north again.nativenewenglander wrote: ↑Fri Mar 16, 2018 6:40 amI live in the White Mountains of NH. This is some of the hardest yet most beautiful hiking. North of RTE 2 is where I hike on summer weekends. South of that line is best on week days unless you like crowds, especially the high peaks and popular trails. There are many bloggers that talk about hiking in the White Mountains, such as this one: http://mountainwandering.blogspot.com/ or this: https://1happyhiker.blogspot.com/
investor997 wrote: ↑Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:46 pmMt. San Jacinto trail / Palm Spring Aerial Tramway, Palm Springs, CA.
https://hikingguy.com/hiking-trails/bes ... n-jacinto/
Section hiking parts of the Tahoe Rim Trail are good day hikes if you're in the area.