I’m Nalini, better known as Hiking Misadventures. I didn’t grow up adventuring in the outdoors. But at 34, I thru hiked the Appalachian Trail without much experience. With each step and mistake (there were so many of them!) on the trail, I gained skills and confidence. More importantly, I learned there is no correct way to enjoy the outdoors and everyone including the most experienced enthusiasts make mistakes! I hope the resources you find here empowers you to jump into your own outdoor adventure and embrace the art of learning through mistakes!



  • Applying for a Half Dome Permit
    Half Dome is the most popular hike in Yosemite National Park. It’s both a thrilling and heart-stopping experience but also requires careful planning! One of the planning steps is securing a permit – whether day hiking or backpacking. This post provides all the details you need to know to get one of the coveted permits.
  • Mary’s Rock
    The hike to Mary’s Rock follows the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah National Park. It’s just over three-miles round trip yet manages to get the heart pumping, offers expansive views, and is pet-friendly. Mary’s Rock is an extremely popular hike, especially on a beautiful day.
  • Yosemite National Park
    Everyone should experience the iconic beauty of Yosemite – epic waterfalls, famous rock faces, breath-taking alpine meadows – in person at least once! From a stroll in the woods, rock climbing, to a serious backpacking adventure on the John Muir Trail, Yosemite offers an adventure for everyone.
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park
    My attempt at sand sledding the dunes at Great Sand Dunes National Park, the last stop on my road trip, ended in an epic crash but not before I soaked up the exotic wilderness wonder of this unique place.


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