Day Hiking – Backcountry Sights https://backcountrysights.com Photos and stories from the outdoors Sun, 19 May 2019 23:48:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 https://backcountrysights.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/cropped-favicon-1-200x200.png Day Hiking – Backcountry Sights https://backcountrysights.com 32 32 123251974 Haleakalā Summit Loop https://backcountrysights.com/haleakala-summit-loop/ https://backcountrysights.com/haleakala-summit-loop/#respond Sun, 20 Jan 2019 00:40:32 +0000 https://backcountrysights.com/?p=8375 The trail continues to twist and turn between the numerous sandy cones, eventually descending into a large valley full of strange, twisted rocks. It looks very alien; Mars-like, perhaps. The lava doesn't even look solid, like some strange extrusion from a 3D printer. The path makes a beeline through these curious formations; I pause a few times to examine them more closely and then hurry to catch up with Brian and Diane.

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Day Hikes on the Road to Hāna https://backcountrysights.com/road-to-hana-day-hikes/ https://backcountrysights.com/road-to-hana-day-hikes/#respond Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:02:45 +0000 https://backcountrysights.com/?p=9267 Further up the trail, we cross a ravine full of deep pools and small cascades. On the opposite side of the ravine, we enter a bamboo forest. The bamboo stocks tower some 40 or 50 feet above the trail, blocking out most of the afternoon sunlight. I've never seen bamboo so tall, or so much of the stuff; our walk through the bamboo forest covers the better part of a mile!

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Autumn Day Hikes in the German Alps https://backcountrysights.com/autumn-day-hikes-german-alps/ https://backcountrysights.com/autumn-day-hikes-german-alps/#respond Thu, 06 Dec 2018 23:46:21 +0000 https://backcountrysights.com/?p=7781 The path to the top soon appears as we reach the base of the cliffs. A set of stairs constructed from logs and back-filled gravel between two of the stone escarpments provide an easy route to the top. As soon as I reach the top I'm instantly distracted by the incredible vista that has appeared on the other side of the ridge. Multiple lines of craggy, snow-dusted mountains stretch across the horizon, their peaks hidden in the clouds. The long, tedious climb up the ski runs and gravel roads is well-worth this reward!

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Mount Wilson Via Chantry Flat https://backcountrysights.com/mount-wilson-via-chantry-flat/ https://backcountrysights.com/mount-wilson-via-chantry-flat/#comments Sun, 17 Jun 2018 10:00:25 +0000 https://backcountrysights.com/?p=7035 As I hike further into the canyon, the cabins thin out and the forest takes over. A small creek gurgles near the winding trail, filling the air with the sounds of water spilling over and between the rocks. Many shade-loving plants carpet the canyon floor, adding to the vibrant greenery. It's a wonderful contrast to the hot, dusty trails I'm used to hiking in the Los Angeles area.

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Mount San Antonio (Mt. Baldy) Loop https://backcountrysights.com/mount-san-antonio-loop/ https://backcountrysights.com/mount-san-antonio-loop/#respond Fri, 08 Jun 2018 11:00:01 +0000 https://backcountrysights.com/?p=6898 I’ve been meaning to summit Mount San Antonio for a while now, so when I learned the trek is doable in a single day I planned a trip for the weekend. Mount San Antonio, usually called “Mount Baldy”, is the tallest mountain in Los Angeles (as defined by the boundaries of LA county) with a […]

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Mount Lowe via the Sam Merrill Trail https://backcountrysights.com/mount-lowe-via-sam-merrill-trail/ https://backcountrysights.com/mount-lowe-via-sam-merrill-trail/#respond Sun, 03 Jun 2018 10:00:47 +0000 https://backcountrysights.com/?p=6896 The Sam Merrill trail is a popular route for Altadena and Pasadena residents. From the trailhead, a short 2.5-mile walk delivers a hiker to Echo Mountain; walk another 2.5 miles further into the mountains and you reach Inspiration Point, a covered seating area with great views of Los Angeles. Having hiked up to Echo Mountain and Inspiration Point a few years ago, I decided to walk a bit further today and visit the summit of Mount Lowe. With a total distance of 13 miles and an elevation change of 4000 feet, this loop is a great day hike!

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Acadia National Park Day Hikes https://backcountrysights.com/acadia-national-park-day-hikes/ https://backcountrysights.com/acadia-national-park-day-hikes/#comments Mon, 28 May 2018 19:30:32 +0000 https://backcountrysights.com/?p=6853 Over two million visitors travel to Acadia National Park each year to visit the patchwork of islands, mountains, and seaside villages. The 47,000+ acres of conserved land are mostly forested, offering plenty of shade in the summer and beautiful color in the autumn. I visited in late May with a group of friends, just before the summer season kicked off on Memorial Day. Here are the highlights from our hikes along some of the park's most iconic trails.

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McInnis Canyons NCA: Rattlesnake Arches https://backcountrysights.com/mcinnis-canyons-nca-rattlesnake-arches/ https://backcountrysights.com/mcinnis-canyons-nca-rattlesnake-arches/#respond Wed, 09 May 2018 12:00:16 +0000 https://backcountrysights.com/?p=6801 As I round the bend, my boredom evaporates and I gape at the landscape in front of me: massive cliffs, ranging in color from tan to dark red, with the familiar smattering of dark green pines and junipers. On the opposing canyon walls, I spot a few arches and spires, dwarfed by the sheer size of Rattlesnake Canyon. It's an incredible vista, well worth the long walk.

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Colorado National Monument Day Hikes https://backcountrysights.com/colorado-national-monument-day-hikes/ https://backcountrysights.com/colorado-national-monument-day-hikes/#comments Tue, 08 May 2018 16:00:43 +0000 https://backcountrysights.com/?p=6769 Located just a few miles off the interstate, Colorado National Monument boasts sweeping canyon vistas, impressive stone monoliths, and plenty of hiking options. A campground nestled among the juniper and pinyon pine trees is a few tenths of a mile from the most impressive views, and the Visitor Center offers similarly excellent access to incredible vistas. I spent a day visiting the various overlooks and hiking a few trails; I certainly didn't see everything and would love to return again to see more!

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Shades State Park https://backcountrysights.com/shades-state-park/ https://backcountrysights.com/shades-state-park/#comments Sat, 02 Dec 2017 17:00:52 +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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