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.
On my first trip to Mt. Rainier National Park, I took a few steps on the Wonderland Trail and knew that I would be back to hike the 93-loop. A year later, I was back to take on the trail. Nothing much went according to plan, but that’s always the beauty of a backpacking trip isn't it?
I ran through a range of emotions climbing up to Half Dome, one of the most recognizable rock faces in Yosemite, holding onto wobbly cables - excitement, awe, fear, anxiety, and exhaustion! And I’d still argue this hike should be on the Yosemite hike list for most people.
I’m usually a slow hiker but rarely do I doubt my ability to actually make it to my destination. The hike to Camp Muir challenged my physical and mental stamina, but each time I was ready to turn around I found a little more to push on.
Even a thick layer of haze from wildfires couldn’t fully contain the majestic presence of the Teton range! I only had one day in Grand Teton National Park, so I packed all the beauty (lakes, mountain views, and wildlife) into one hike - Hermitage Point.
Making Rocky Mountain National Park the first stop on a road trip is epic. Adding a hike above 12,000 feet to the summit of Mount Ida on gusty day was definitely pushing past boundaries. But what better way is there to start an adventure?
A favorite among new and experienced hikers in the D.C. area, Old Rag is a fun, boulder-hopping hike that offers plenty of views of Shenandoah National Park. The mountain offers something unique every season, but fall is my favorite time to take on this hike!