Taggart Lake Trail

Sunrise Light on Tetons

Distance: 1.5 miles Difficulty: Easy Best time of year: Year-round Last hiked: 2016 December The Taggart Lake is one of Grand Teton National Park’s most popular, and for good reason. It’s considered one of the easier hikes in the park and offers stunning views of the mountains rising above a picturesque glacial lake. The best part is, it can be …

Sunset Point and Goosenecks

Sunset Point, Capitol Reef National Park

Distance: 0.5 miles (both, one-way) Difficulty: Easy Best time of year: Year-round Last hiked: 2015 October Sunset Point and the Goosenecks are two trails that are so easy to do, there’s really no reason not to do them. Both trails combine to less than one mile, and feature some breathtaking views of the gorges and the Waterpocket Fold. As indicated …

Cassidy Arch

Hiker at Cassidy Arch

Distance: 1.85 miles (one way) Difficulty: Moderate Best time of year: Year-round Last hiked: 2015 October Cassidy Arch Trail Description Cassdiy Arch is a spur trail off of the Grand Wash Trail. It climbs up the canyon wall, bringing you to the top of the Waterpocket Fold where a massive arch overlooks the canyon entrance below. Good route finding skills …

Bell Canyon and Little Wild Horse Canyon

Hiker in Little Wild Horse Canyon

Distance: 9 miles (loop) Difficulty: Moderate Best time of year: Year-round Last hiked: 2015 October Bell Canyon and Little Wild Horse Canyon Trail Description For those that want the slot canyon experience, but aren’t heading to the Page, Arizona area for Antelope Canyon, a good alternative with easy access is the loop through Bell Canyon and Little Wild Horse Canyon. …

Upper Muley Twist Canyon

Rim Trail on Waterpocket Fold

Distance: 10 miles (loop) Difficulty: Strenuous Last hiked: 2015 October Best time of year: Year-round In looking at the map and reading general descriptions (though probably not carefully enough), I vastly underestimated this hike. Realizing it would make a great sunset hike, I was already en route down Notom Road along the east side of the park around midday when …

Phillips Ridge Snowshoe Loop

Winter Storm over Tetons

Distance: 4.6 miles (loop) Difficulty: Moderate Best time of year: Winter Last hiked: 2015 December Earlier this season I joined a group of local hikers to hike up onto Phillips Ridge on the southern end of the Teton Mountains. We started off at a large parking area on the south (left) side of the road about halfway up Teton Pass, …

What I Learned from The Arizona Trail

Huachuca Mountains

The dust has long since settled and I’m now well beyond many of the priorities and responsibilities that forced me to end my thru-hike of the Arizona Trail early. It now just seems like a clich├ęd distant memory, though I still remember enough of it to know that I’m very anxious to get back there to give it a more …