Hiking Paintbrush Divide – TCT Day 4

Our fourth day on the Teton Crest Trail was another epically long day due to poor planning on my part. It would be an 11-mile journey with 2,925’ of seemingly unrelenting elevation gain while hiking Paintbrush Divide. While our second day of backpacking the Teton Crest Trail was technically our longest, today would be the…

Exploring the Teton Crest Trail – Day 3

Our third morning on the Teton Crest Trail in Wyoming started with the sunrise at our campsite on Sunset Lake. We weren’t in a huge hurry and took our time striking our campsite. This day was scheduled to be one of our easiest days with about 4 miles total on the TCT with an added…

Backpacking the Teton Crest Trail – Day 2

Our Second Day of Backpacking the Teton Crest Trail started early and was long. We traveled over 13 miles by our GPS tracker’s data. The journey started at our campsite at Moose Creek (which is where our first day had ended) and took us into the National Park, by Marion Lake, over Fox Pass, Mt….

Backpacking via the Phillip’s Pass – TCT Day 1

The Grand Teton Crest Trail is widely considered one of the best backpacking trips in the United States. It has been on my to-do list for over a decade. I had a friend who raved about how amazing it was in 2006. In the years that have passed, Jennifer and I have visited Grand Teton…

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…

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…