Visiting Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park is arguably the most beautiful National Park amongst Utah’s big five. That is of course a loaded statement as Zion and Arches National Parks often make the top of the list for the best parks in the world. Regardless of where it ranks, visiting Bryce Canyon should be a priority for…

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….

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…