For those with just enough time to complete a longer hike, but may not be equipped for a backpacking trip, Klahhane Ridge via Switchback Trail is one of those sweet paths that fall right in the middle of beginner and intermediate. All you’ll really need for this trail is a great pair of hiking boots, strong legs, and a lot of patience. Oh, and your day hike essentials.
Spending one day on the Olympic Peninsula is one of the few ways you can experience mountains, rainforests, and beaches. Fill your day with Olympic Peninsula activities, including Olympic National Park, La Push, and the Port Angeles area with this one-day itinerary.
In light of the free-for-all frenzy that’s going on in the National Parks due to the government shutdown, we put together a dumbed-down version of the Leave No Trace Seven Principles - because yes, we’re at the point where we need to do that kind of thing.
Whatever the length of the hike, never leave home without a proper pack. Season, climate, and personal preference will often dictate what you carry in your bag, but these 10 day hike essentials typically remain the same across the board.
Though I always recommend visiting a National Park in the slower season, it may be truly advantageous to hit up Black Canyon of the Gunnison at the very beginning of the busy summer months. Not as many people to fight on the South Rim, and the option to experience East Portal Road.
Arguably one of the best hikes in the Adirondacks High Peaks region, Mt. Colden combines a challenging hike with striking views over the course of 8-14 hours, depending on the skill level. Rarely do hikes test my upper body strength, but during the majority of the Mt. Colden trail, I found myself needing to grip - and I mean grip - old-growth branches, pull myself onto fallen tree trunks, and stop my face from hitting the ground by laying out my hands first.
There’s no one way to experience the majesty of the National Parks, but there are a few things you can do to ensure that you’re getting the most of your National Parks vacation as safely and environmentally-friendly as possible.
When traveling or backpacking, the last thing you need is more weight on your shoulders. For me, it’s all about keeping my photographic gear to a minimum when traveling or hiking. I do my best to pack with a purpose by first identifying my destination’s environment and then thinking of what kind of photos I want in the end. Although I love experimenting with different types of photographic equipment, my camera bag generally stays within the same 3-4 item range when I wander out. In this list, I’ll cover the gear setup I often take with me to cover my bases when hiking, as well as a few tips for finding the gear that suits you and your travels.
Ricketts Glen is wildly popular Pennsylvania State Park, especially during early spring to late fall. Well maintained campgrounds, handicapped accessibility, and picnic areas are just a few amenities within the park that keeps visitors happy. But the real driving force for visitation is Falls Trail, a path that traces two connected gorges dotted with a total of 22 waterfalls.
About a half hour south of State College, Greenwood Furnace State Park is located just beyond the little college bubble that exists in Happy Valley. We arrived at the visitor’s center by Greenwood Lake, grabbed a map and some tips from Ranger Mike, then headed to Monsell Trail right next to Route 305.
I exchanged emails with the lovely Hi'ilani of Kahanu Botanical Gardens, the place I was certain I dropped my camera but couldn’t confirm while I was on the island because of their limited hours. After a few disappointing “no’s” and “We’ll keep our eye out’s,” I finally opened my inbox to a “Guess what!!”
After passing out at 8:30PM from the previous day’s Road to Hana adventure, waking up at 3AM wasn’t too awful a task. In order to see the 5:45AM sunrise at Haleakala National Park in the Summit District, we needed to go from sea level to 10,000ft in less than 2.5 hours. We filled our bellies with gas station muffins and coffee before heading out of a sleepy Paia.
Since I’m doing myself a favor and no longer stressing about making every trip a photo op, I’m keeping the bag light this trip. No DSLR, no backpack of lenses, not even a real camera bag to begin with. I have my secondhand Minolta x-370, five rolls of Ektar 100, and a GoPro Hero 3.