Hikes I’ve Done

Hiking is one of my favorite things to do when traveling. Below is a chronological list of notable hikes I’ve done. My definition of notable is a hike with high elevation, long distance, and/or a fond memory.

Note: I initially created this page in July 2022, so older hikes prior to that are based on memory. Most hikes beginning in 2021 will have Garmin data associated with them.

1. Appalachian Trail Section Hiking

LocationNY, PA, MD, WV, and VA
Distance321.3 miles
DifficultyModerate
Hiked2008 to 2016
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A group of my friends and I who sectioned hiked the Appalachian Trail just about every summer

My love for hiking probably started around 2008 during my first section hike on the Appalachian Trail from Port Clinton, PA which was not too far from where we grew up in Reading. Over the course of 3 days, my friends and I hiked just 14.4 miles. By the end of the hike, we realized that having the right gear was very important… no more wearing work boots and carrying duffle bags.

This first hike was just one of nearly a dozen sections hikes that we did over the next few years. To date, I’ve section hiked 321 miles of the Appalachian Trail including the eternity of PA, MD, WV as well as sections of VA and NY.

I have an outlandish goal to hike the entire AT one day. Whether that will be in sections or all the way through from Georgia to Maine, only time will tell.

2. Ka’au Crater Trail

LocationMaui, HI
Distance5.3 miles
DifficultyHard
HikedJuly 2014
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View from the rim of Ka’au Crater overlooking Honolulu.

This hike is not too far from Honolulu on the island of Oahu. I did this hike with my best friend back in 2014 and remember it being very muddy, steep, but totally worthwhile.

Looks like AllTrails lists this hike as private property, so hike at your own discretion. You can read more about my Ka’au Crater hiking experience here.

3. Hawaii Lava Tour

LocationHilo, HI
Distance10 miles
DifficultyHard
HikedJuly 2014

This hike not too far from Hilo on the Big Island was a wet and muddy one. See the picture above of my. friend Nick standing knee deep in mud. Putting that aside, we got to poke real flowing lava with a stick as promised.

Read more about my Big Island lava tour here.

4. Whitaker Point Trail (Hawksbill Crag)

LocationKingston, AR
Distance2.9 miles
DifficultyEasy
HikedJune 2017
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Whitaker Point offers epic views of the surrounding Ozark National Forest.

My sister got engaged on Whitaker Point in June 2017. My family and I flew into Arkansas for the long weekend and did the round trip hike to the lookout. I was the designated photographer of the proposal, and I got some really good shots of the moment.

5. Mt. Vesuvius Crater

LocationNaples, Italy
Distance2.1 miles
DifficultyEasy
HikedJanuary 2018
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Me posing for a picture next to the infamous Vesuvius Crater that destroyed Pompeii in 79 AD

A few fellow hostel-mates and I took a day trip from Naples down to Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius. I have detailed information on this trip here.

6. Rishikesh to Toli

LocationRishikesh, India
Distance5.3 miles
DifficultyEasy
HikedMarch 2018
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View from the mountain situated east of Rishikesh that overlooks the city and Ganges River

I’m not sure what the name of this particular hiking trail is, but I’ve linked the route above. Check out the Rishikesh Day Hike section to learn more about the waterfalls, cave, and other points of interest along the route.

7. Amazon Rainforest Trek

LocationIquitos, Peru
Distanceunknown
DifficultyModerate
HikedDecember 2018
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After slow boating down the Amazon River for a few days, some fellow travelers and I hired a local to take us to what is currently labeled on Google Maps as the Chullachaqui Eco Lodge which is only accessible by boat. We stayed there overnight and ate delicious local food. According to my notes, the trip from Iquitos was $54.11 which included food, lodging, and transportation.

Part of this journey was a trek through the rainforest which I captured in the vlog above. Not sure exactly how far we hiked through the jungle.

8. Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu

LocationCusco, Peru
Distance42.9 miles
DifficultyHard
HikedDecember 2018
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To date, the Salkantay Trek is the longest hike and highest elevation hike I’ve ever done. Over the course of 5 days, I hiked over 45 miles to Machu Picchu. The maximum elevation on this hike was going over the Salkantay Pass at an elevation of 15,090 feet.

While I participated in the Salkantay Trekking group tour, this hike can most certainly be done on your own since the route is popular and well-established.

9. Bondi to Coogee Walk

LocationBondi Beach, Australia
Distance3.5 miles
DifficultyEasy
HikedJanuary 2019
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Cemetery next to the ocean that you’ll walk by on the path from Bondi to Coogee.

While this is more of a walk than a hike, I’m including this in my list because of the uniqueness of the walk from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach. It’s not commercialized or touristy. My local friend Olivia took me on the Bondi to Coogee walk in January 2019.

10. Australia Red Center Hikes

LocationWatarrka National Park, Australia
Distanceunknown
DifficultyEasy
HikedJanuary 2019
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Standing on Priscilla’s Crack (The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert reference) in Kings Canyon

As part of a highly recommended tour group with Groovy Grape (which now seems to be out of business), I did multiple short day hikes including Valley of the Winds, Garden of Eden, and Kings Canyon Rim.

11. Tarn Shelf Track

LocationTasmania, Australia
Distance5 miles
DifficultyModerate
HikedFebruary 2019
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View overlooking Lake Seal in Tasmania

When I was traveling around Tasmania in a car camper, I met some fellow car campers and the group of us hiked some of the Tarn Shelf Track. This hike offers awesome views of a series of lakes below.

12. Tongariro Crossing

LocationTongariro National Park, New Zealand
Distance12.7 miles
DifficultyModerate
HikedMarch 2019
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As part of another highly recommended guided tour of New Zealand, we hiked the 12+ miles one-way in Tongariro National Park on the north island. A shuttle is available to take you back to the starting point as long as you make it there before the last one leaves.

As you can see in the picture above, this is a very popular hike with hundreds of people participating in it every day.

13. Hang Va Expedition

LocationPhong Nha, Vietnam
Distance5 miles hiking, 4.3 miles caving
DifficultyModerate
HikedJuly 2019
YouTube video

As part of a 2 day guided trek, Oxalis Adventure took us deep into the Vietnam jungle and even deeper into a cave.

The hike itself is moderate and contains some steep sections and lots of mosquitos, but the extensive 4.3 miles of caving was intense at times, but a truly epic experience.

14. Pha Daeng Peak

LocationNong Khiaw, Laos
Distance2.1 miles
DifficultyModerate
HikedJuly 2019
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I hiked to the top of Pha Daeng Peak in Laos with my friend. The ascent and descent are steep in places. To get to the top of Pha Daeng, there is a 1,532 feet elevation gain to a maximum altitude of 4,137 feet above sea level.

15. Mt. Fuji

LocationYamanashi, Japan
Distance4.7 miles
DifficultyHard
HikedSeptember 2019
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While it’s only 4.7 miles out-and-back from the 5th station to the summit, hiking Mt. Fuji is tough because of the 4,300+ feet elevation gain and a very high maximum altitude of 12,388 feet. This is the second highest summit I’ve done, but I don’t recall as bad of altitude sickness here as I felt on the Salkantay Trek.

16. Xiaozishan Trail

LocationPingxi, Taiwan
Distance3 miles
DifficultyModerate
HikedOctober 2019
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During my week in Taipei, I’m so happy I took a day trip out of the city to see the natural beauty of Taiwan. A super nice worker from Formosa 101 Hostel took a group of us on public transportation to Pingxi where we got to hike and also set off paper lanterns. Also part of that trip were some awesome hot springs.

17. Tucson Trails

LocationTucson, AZ
Distancevaries
DifficultyEasy
HikedAugust 2020 to January 2022
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View of Mt. Lemmon and the Santa Catalina Mountains taken somewhere near the Starr Pass Trailhead.

I hiked various local trails during my time living in Tucson, Arizona. Some of those trails include:

Additionally, I’ve done numerous lesser-known hikes in and around Tucson Mountain Park between S San Joaquin Road and Starr Pass.

18. Grand Canyon Rim to Yaki Point

LocationGrand Canyon, AZ
Distance6 miles
DifficultyHard
HikedFebruary 2021
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Me standing in the Grand Canyon.

I hiked 3 miles down into the Grand Canyon with my sister and brother in law. We then had to hike back up which was much harder!

One day I would love to do the rim to rim hike.

19. Angels Landing

LocationZion National Park, UT
Distance4.8 miles
DifficultyHard
HikedMarch 2021
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The lookout from Angels Landing in Zion National Park.

Angels Landing is often considered one of the most dangerous hikes in the US. While the first part of this hike is relatively easy (although there is a good amount of elevation gain), the final part consists of a series of chain sections next to steep cliffs. One wrong move could result in a fall to you death.

In March 2021, we did not need a permit to do Angles Landing, but it’s my understanding that permits are now required.

20. Devil’s Bridge

LocationSedona, Arizona
Distance5.59 miles
DifficultyEasy
HikedMarch 2021
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Stunning view of Devil’s Bridge in Sedona with a vast desert in the background.

Another must-do hike in Arizona is Devil’s Bridge. The natural beauty is unmatched. Because of this, it is a very popular hike so expect to see lots of other people on the trail with you. There will most likely be a line to get your picture taken on the bridge.

21. Mt. Lemmon Hike

LocationTucson, Arizona
Distance14.8 miles
DifficultyHard
HikedFebruary 2022
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A victory picture near Mount Lemmon after ascending nearly 6,000 feet up the mountain.

While we technically didn’t hike all the way to the summit of Mount Lemmon, we did hike from Sabino Canyon to Summerhaven. Again, technically we didn’t actually walk all the way to Summerhaven, but hitched a ride once we got out to Mt Lemmon Highway.

Read about my entire Mt. Lemmon Hike here.

22. Lake Quinault Hike

LocationOlympic National Forest, WA
Distance7.25 miles
DifficultyEasy
HikedMay 2022

During our 2022 RV road trip, my friend and I combined a few hikes near Lake Quinault including the Quinault Loop and the Quinault Rainforest Nature Trail. We walk back to our overnight RV parking spot at the junction of National Forest Roads 93400 and 38560.

Also interesting in this area are a collection of the world’s largest trees including the above pictured world’s largest spruce tree.

23. Mt. Baldy

LocationKananaskis, Alberta
Distance8.09 miles
DifficultyModerate
HikedJuly 2022

On Canada Day 2022, my friend and I hiked up and over Mount Baldy pass until we cross a stream where we enjoy lunch. Unfortunately I did not take any photos during this hike.

24. Yamnuska Ridge Hike

LocationBow Valley Wildland Provincial Park, Alberta
Distance6.07 miles
DifficultyHard
HikedJuly 2022
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The clouds broke momentarily when we were screeing up to the chains section of the hike.

We made it the 3 miles and 2,500 feet up to the chains section which was totally worth it. While many people continued past the chains on this day that called for afternoon rain, my hiking partner and I agreed that the risk of passing the chains was too great, so we decided turn back down the mountain.

The maximum altitude on this hike was just over 7,000 feet.

25. Wasootch Ridge Trail

LocationKananaskis, Alberta
Distance7.49 miles
DifficultyModerate
HikedJuly 2022
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Nick and I stop for lunch on one of the 7 peaks of Wasootch Ridge.

On this completely cloudy day, we hike to what I believe is the start of the 7th peak on the Wasootch Ridge trail. By this time, it had started to rain and the trail becomes very rocky and steep. Because of the conditions, we decided to turn back.

The maximum elevation for this hike was just under 7,000 feet.

26. Larch Valley Trail at Moraine Lake

LocationBanff National Park, Alberta
Distance4.95 miles
DifficultyEasy
HikedJuly 2022
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The 10 mountain peaks that surround Moraine Lake below.

I joined 8 guests of the Moraine Lake Lodge as part of an interpretive hike lead by Elliott. I learned so much about nature on this walk. We used all of our senses and even got to taste multiple varieties of pine needles and smell various types of sap.

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