Taking on Portland’s 4T

Portland’s 4T provides a way to loop Oregon’s most bustling metro on foot, including four miles of hiking through mossy forests of towering spruce trees.

Bike Ride at Horn Creek

With creekside riding and a view of distant ridges, the Horn Creek Trail at Lick Fork Recreation Area, Sumter National Forest, SC is one of the region’s most pleasant mountain biking trails for just taking in the views.

Mountain Biking at Hickory Knob

For both scenery and a technical challenge on your mountain bike, the Lakeview Trail at Hickory Knob Resort State Park in South Carolina offers a great ride.

Mountain Biking at Baker Creek

Scouting the Baker Creek Mountain Bike Trail in McCormick, South Carolina was a bit of a challenge, between ice storm damage and a lack of recent experience on steep terrain.

Summer Stretch on the AT

Our plan was to knock off another section of our AT hike while already in the mountains of Tennessee for the Trail Dames Summit. It took only a few days to realize that mid-July is not an ideal time to backpack the southern Appalachians.

Backpacking Cumberland Island

Wander into an offshore wilderness where wild horses roam by planning a backpacking trip to Cumberland Island, the southernmost of Georgia’s famed Sea Islands and a National Park.

Hiking Michigan’s Upper Pensinsula

Upper Michigan provides an outstanding number of hiking trails to roam. I started walking them in 2006. The terrain is similar to Florida, with steep climbs only found along the escarpments around the Great Lakes. Here is a peek at a handful of trails.

Hocking Hills: Full of Hikers

Full of geologic wonders that you wouldn’t expect to find in Ohio, Hocking Hills State Park is a big draw for hikers, worth the trip to get there.

Bearfence Mountain

Bearfence Mountain was the first challenge I met while hiking the Appalachian Trail. I hung this photo up at work to keep my dream of thru-hiking the AT alive.

Where gnomes roam

When you’re out for a hike and you see a mushroom like this, you immediately think of gnomes. Especially when you’re hiking through Germany’s Black Forest.

Taking Shelter in the Smokies

In spring, hiker’s thoughts turn to the Appalachian Trail, the granddaddy of all long distance hiking trails in America. In the Smokies, you must stay in the shelters.