Over a period of ten years I went on seven road trips focusing on North America’s National Parks. I visited 23 National Parks a total of 38 times.  When I first arrived at Yellowstone I was merely a novice hiker, but after logging more than 400 trail miles I became a seasoned hiker with a collection of experiences that could fill a book.

So, I wrote a book. The Adventures of a Day Hiker: An Exploration of America’s National Parks chronicles much of my time spent within ten National Parks, the Canadian Rockies, and the idyllic Havasu Canyon.  I plan on sharing several of my stories from the book on this blog.  I will also share some of my favorite scenic photos from my trips out west.  In the future I hope to post other entries primarily dealing with hiking, photography, and the outdoors in general.



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      1. Do you have any hiking recommendations for Glacier NP? I read that the Many Glaciers area hikes are the best. I’m looking for a couple moderate hikes. Do you also have recommendations for lodging in the area that’s closer to the hikes? It is hard to find this late for August. Thanks.


      2. Sure I have recommendations. Glacier is probably my favorite National Park, and that’s largely because of the amazing hiking there. The Grinnell Glacier hike in Many Glacier is one of my all-time faves. that’s kind of difficult, but can be shortened by a boat ride. The Highline Trail is a great one at Logan Pass. It can be 15 miles, but you can just hike as far as you like and turn back. It’s mostly level and easy. Hidden Lake is another great one. You can turn back at the overlook like most people or keep going to the lakeshore, which makes it twice as hard. Siyeh Pass is another hike I loved there, it’s also the most strenuous hike I’ve done there. I’ve heard Iceberg Lake is awesome, but it’s been closed due to bears when I was there. I somehow haven’t hiked to Avalanche Lake either, which is pretty easy.
        As far as lodging goes, I bet it would be hard to get a place in the parks at this point, but it’s worth a try. I camped outside the park once (I think the place was called Johnson’s Campground) in St. Mary. Also stayed in some tiny motel in Babb one time (only 8 or 9 rooms). Check for snow levels. If you aren’t going until mid-July or later you’ll probably be in the clear, otherwise there might be some areas with lingering snow.

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