Day Hiking – Backcountry Sights https://backcountrysights.com Photos and stories from the outdoors Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:00:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 https://backcountrysights.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/cropped-favicon-1-200x200.png Day Hiking – Backcountry Sights https://backcountrysights.com 32 32 123251974 Shades State Park https://backcountrysights.com/2017/12/16/shades-state-park/ https://backcountrysights.com/2017/12/16/shades-state-park/#respond Sat, 16 Dec 2017 13:00:52 +0000 https://backcountrysights.com/?p=6333 I struggle to make time for hiking during the academic school year. It seems like there is always something going on, and it’s easier to stay in town on the weekends and liesurely tick chores off of my to-do list than travel to a trail and go hiking. However, when the forecast predicted a December weekend […]

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Annapolis Rocks via the AT https://backcountrysights.com/2017/06/07/annapolis-rocks-via-the-at/ https://backcountrysights.com/2017/06/07/annapolis-rocks-via-the-at/#respond Wed, 07 Jun 2017 23:59:03 +0000 http://www.backcountrysights.com/?p=5324 This weekend I joined the Capital Hiking Club on a day hike along the Appalachian Trail. The route passes several great viewpoints, including the original Washington Monument and Annapolis Rocks. Besides the obvious draw of the outdoors and meeting new people, I was excited to try out my new trekking poles on this hike. I […]

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Great Falls Billy Goat Trail https://backcountrysights.com/2017/05/01/great-falls-billy-goat-trail/ https://backcountrysights.com/2017/05/01/great-falls-billy-goat-trail/#respond Tue, 02 May 2017 01:42:11 +0000 http://www.backcountrysights.com/?p=5137 In the midst of the Washington DC urban sprawl is a little niche of wilderness: Great Falls State Park. The park follows the Potomac on both sides of the river and includes hiking trails and bike rentals. My roommates and I visited several times during the summer of 2014 and enjoyed hiking on both the […]

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Williams Creek Trail https://backcountrysights.com/2017/02/16/williams-creek-trail/ https://backcountrysights.com/2017/02/16/williams-creek-trail/#respond Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:00:05 +0000 http://backcountrysights.com/?p=4497 During many, if not all, of my childhood trips to the Sawtooth Mountains, my family and I would hike a few miles down Williams Creek Trail. The trailhead at Fisher Creek parking lot isn’t far from where we stayed and it was always wonderful to wander back into the hills. View on Map William’s Creek […]

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An Afternoon at Turkey Run https://backcountrysights.com/2017/01/07/an-afternoon-at-turkey-run/ https://backcountrysights.com/2017/01/07/an-afternoon-at-turkey-run/#comments Sat, 07 Jan 2017 05:53:10 +0000 https://curiousandcrazy.wordpress.com/?p=3938 Now that I’m back in the midwest and classes have resumed, I haven’t taken the time to go explore the outdoors as much. It is difficult for me to convince myself to just leave for a day to go do something. Logically, I know that I easily can – I won’t fall so far behind that […]

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Inspiration Point and Crystal Cove https://backcountrysights.com/2016/07/11/inspiration-point-crystal-cove/ https://backcountrysights.com/2016/07/11/inspiration-point-crystal-cove/#respond Mon, 11 Jul 2016 04:12:07 +0000 https://curiousandcrazy.wordpress.com/?p=2760 This weekend was an off-week between mountain adventures, but don't worry, because I still found fun things to do near Pasadena.

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Grand Canyon Hiking https://backcountrysights.com/2016/06/05/grand-canyon-hiking/ https://backcountrysights.com/2016/06/05/grand-canyon-hiking/#respond Mon, 06 Jun 2016 00:55:26 +0000 https://curiousandcrazy.wordpress.com/?p=2376 I am really excited to be spending this summer working at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). I prefer to have a car while I’m out there (so I can get to all the hiking spots, of course!), and, since I’m far too frugal to even contemplate shipping my car, I drove across the country this […]

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A Walk Between German Castles https://backcountrysights.com/2016/03/27/german-castles/ https://backcountrysights.com/2016/03/27/german-castles/#respond Sun, 27 Mar 2016 16:00:07 +0000 https://curiousandcrazy.wordpress.com/?p=1816 I recently attended an astrodynamics conference in Germany. The conference just so happened to coincide with my university’s spring break and I spent a few days after the event doing a little exploring of my own before returning to school. Naturally, I spent most of my time outside! Public Transportation After dropping the rental car […]

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Sugarloaf Mountain Trail https://backcountrysights.com/2016/02/20/sugarloaf-mountain-trail/ https://backcountrysights.com/2016/02/20/sugarloaf-mountain-trail/#respond Sat, 20 Feb 2016 22:53:45 +0000 https://curiousandcrazy.wordpress.com/?p=1615 Soon, the trail begins to climb again, directing me up to the peak of Sugarloaf Mountain. The word “mountain” is perhaps too ambitious as the peak is a meager 1600 feet above sea level. The trail towards the summit, Thatcher’s Ridge Trail, seems to be much less popular than the Skyline Trail that brought me here and is narrow with long grass growing on either side. Small outcroppings of red stone jut out here and there, and the trail climbs steeply upwards.

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Appalachian Trail: Weverton Cliffs to Harper’s Ferry https://backcountrysights.com/2015/08/11/appalachian-trail-weverton-cliffs-to-harpers-ferry/ https://backcountrysights.com/2015/08/11/appalachian-trail-weverton-cliffs-to-harpers-ferry/#respond Tue, 11 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000 https://curiousandcrazy.wordpress.com/?p=1014 View on Map The Appalachian Trail (AT) runs from Georgia to Main, covering 2,178 miles along the way. As the name suggests, the AT follows the Appalachian mountains along the East coast. This weekend I got to hike a (very) small portion of the AT, beginning just below the Weverton cliffs. There is a parking […]

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