Hiking Pinnacles National Park

The only way to fully experience this ancient volcanic landscape is by hiking Pinnacles National Park. While the park’s official hiking map lists 13 hiking trails I would say that they can be boiled down to four loops and one out-n-back trail. I refer to these five hiking trails as the small loop, the medium…

Visiting Pinnacles National Park Guide

With nine national parks, California has more than any other state in the union. Yosemite was a state park before Yellowstone was deemed the world’s first National Park, so in a way Yosemite holds claim to a similar title. Here in a state with so much beauty, one national park almost seems forgotten—Pinnacles National Park….

Truck Camper Living – Pros vs. Cons

Many people are choosing to ditch the old American Dream of a house with a mortgage for a life of freedom and nomadic travel. There are many ways to go about full-time travel and the digital world has made it easier than ever. We call ourselves digital nomads and the one thing we all have…

Hiking Bugaboo Provincial Park Guide

Jennifer and I have hiked all over the world, but hiking Bugaboo Provincial Park felt very much out of our element. I have spent a little time rock climbing in Colorado but people from all over the world travel to this remote park for the sole purpose of taking on its jagged climbing routes. We…

Kain Hut Trail – Best Canadian Rockies Day Hikes

#1 – Canadian Rockies Day Hikes: Kain Hut Trail w/ Applebee Dome Location: Bugaboo Provincial Park  Trailhead: Kain Hut Parking Lot Type: Out-n-Back Rating: Strenuous to Extreme Total Distance: 7.6 miles (to the small lake just beyond Applebee Dome and back) Conrad Kain Hut is 6 miles total Trailhead Elevation: 5,000′ Total Elevation Gain: 3,362′…

Emperor Falls Trail – Best Canadian Rockies Day Hikes

#2 – Canadian Rockies Day Hikes: Emperor Falls Trail Location: Mount Robson Provincial Park  Trailhead: Berg Lake Trail Type: Out-n-Back Rating: Strenuous Total Distance: 19.8 miles Trailhead Elevation: 2,736′ Total Elevation Gain: 2,715′ Recommended Time: Full-day Recommended Season: Mid-June to Early-October The Emperor Falls Trail While Kinney Lake, the Valley of a Thousand Falls, &…

Lake O’Hara Alpine Circuit – Best Canadian Rockies Day Hikes

#3 – Canadian Rockies Day Hikes: Lake O’Hara Alpine Circuit Location: Yoho National Park Trailhead: Lake O’Hara Type: Loop Rating: Strenuous Total Distance: 7.5 miles Trailhead Elevation: 6,625′ Total Elevation Gain: 2,740′ Recommended Time: Full-day Recommended Season: Early-July to Mid-September Reservations for the Lake O’Hara bus are needed. (Otherwise add 7 miles (one-way) to hike…

Parker Ridge Trail – Best Canadian Rockies Day Hikes

#4 – Canadian Rockies Day Hikes: Parker Ridge Trail Location: Banff National Park (near the Jasper border on the Icefields Parkway) Trailhead: Parker Ridge Parking Lot Type: Out-n-Back (Y-Trail, Two destinations on the ridgeline) Rating: Moderately-Difficult Total Distance: 5 miles Trailhead Elevation: 6,552′ Total Elevation Gain: 890′ Recommended Time: 2 – 3 hours Recommended Season: Late-June…

Crypt Lake Trail – Best Canadian Rockies Day Hikes

#5 – Canadian Rockies Day Hikes: Crypt Lake Trail Location: Waterton Lake National Park Trailhead: Crypt Landing (via the Waterton Lake Ferry Boat) Type: Out-n-Back Rating: Strenuous Total Distance: 11 miles Trailhead Elevation: 4,232′ Total Elevation Gain: 2,469′ Recommended Time: Full-day Recommended Season: Early-June to Late-September It’s About the Journey Many Canadian Rockies adventures are…

Wilcox Pass Trail – Best Canadian Rockies Day Hikes

#6 – Canadian Rockies Day Hikes: Wilcox Pass Trail Location: Jasper National Park (near the Banff border on the Icefields Parkway) Trailhead: Wilcox Pass Trailhead Parking Lot Type: Out-n-Back Rating: Difficult Total Distance: 6.2 miles Trailhead Elevation: 6,744′ Total Elevation Gain: 1,390′ Recommended Time: 3 – 4 hours Recommended Season: Late-June to Mid-September Beauty of the…