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If you're heading to Glacier, Zion, Yellowstone, or Grand Teton, this site will help you choose the perfect hike to explore through the blogs and shop where you can pick up the day hiking maps that I create. Scroll down and explore through the national parks, the blog, and the shop to get the perfect day hiking maps for your next national park adventure!
Looking to spend a night or two in Glacier National Park's backcountry? Get outfitted with the right knowledge to secure a permit, discover your perfect trip, and get general advice on backpacking.
Glacier National Park is a day hiker's paradise. From flower meadows, to alpine landscapes, there's plenty to explore. Click below to find the perfect hike to fill up your day.
The tall, red walls of Zion National Park beg to be explored. The Virgin River snakes through this canyon where words like "temple" are used. Click below to find the perfect hikes to fill up your day.
At the heart of Yellowstone National Park lies a volcano that influences every aspect of this diverse landscape. From Yellowstone Lake to the vast grasslands to the surrounding peaks, there are an abundant array hydrothermal features and wildlife. Trails lace through this wild country waiting for you to explore it. Click below to find the perfect hikes to fill up your day.
The sawtooth silhouette of the Tetons in Grand Teton National Park has to be one of the most iconic in all of the National Park System. Trails lace through these mountains and explore the lakes at the foot of them. They continue out into the vast Jackson Hole area. Click below to find the perfect hikes to fill up your day.
While the American Pika can be found in talus slopes all over Glacier National Park, Piegan Pass is a wonderful place to look. With the trail cutting through numerous talus slopes, it's gentle grade, fantastic views, and great chance to see other animals, it's a great day hike. "Well, I've never see
If you were to ask me which hike is my favorite hike, I probably would tell you the Pitamakan-Dawson Loop. I set out with a group of donors and staff from the Glacier Conservancy to do this loop and the sunny day, fantastic loop, and a boat ride was one for the books. Sinopah Mountain reflected in t
The ridgeline that separates Spot Mountain and Red Mountain is a beautiful behemoth that rarely gets climbed. Kristen and I decided to tackle these two summits in the Two Medicine area of Glacier National Park and we were rewarded with expansive views along this long ridge. It involved a little bit
I visited Gunsight Lake in 2014 as part of a memorable 20 mile day hike that took us to Gunsight Pass, Lake Ellen Wilson, Lincoln Pass, Sperry Chalet, and out to Lake McDonald Lodge. So when some of my girlfriends invited me to hike with them to Gunsight Lake I gladly accepted the invitation to visi
Going-to-the-Sun Road gets its name from the iconic Going-to-the-Sun Mountain. The legend goes that Napi, the god of the Blackfeet people ascended back into heaven from the mountain. We decided to make our own ascent of this mountain and the views were definitely heavenly. Siyeh Creek was as beautif
Mt. Reynolds in Glacier National Park stands prominently above Logan Pass. A ridgeline extends to the south forming another wonderful summit called Dragon's Tail. While Dragon's Tail isn't officially recognized as a high point by the USGS, it is by the Glacier Mountaineering Society. For that reason
Goat Mountain sits proudly above Otokomi Lake and Goat Lake. To the east you have St. Mary Lake, some foothills, then the vast plains. Views in all other directions are of Glacier National Park's peaks with Going-to-the-Sun Mountain and Mahtapi Peak dominating the views up to Siyeh Pass. We were loo
Jake is currently in Yosemite National Park working on his next Hike 734 project. If you regularly follow his blogs you might have seen me tagging along behind him on his hiking adventures. I won't be able to join him in Yosemite until August, but that won't keep me from hitting the trail. I wrapp
While you can drive to the overlook on Signal Mountain in Grand Teton National Park, the quiet hike up rewards you with a pleasant grade, ponds, wonderful forests, open meadows, and a few bonus vantages. It took a little bit to figure out where the trailhead actually was for Signal Mountain. We star
Finding high points in Glacier National Park in early spring (especially with a high snow pack like 2017!) can be difficult. Scalplock Lookout is one of the great options to do this. It has a south facing slope and doesn't get too high, so snow melts out earlier. Longing for a day in Glacier, we snu
Hiking out to Hermitage Point in Grand Teton National Park takes you past Heron Pond and Swan Lake which makes for a wonderful, varied trip to bodies of water on a level trail. You can go to each one or visit all three for a big loop with great birding. We found the trailhead of the Hermitage Point
After a long drive down to California, I finally made it to Yosemite National Park. I arrived in Yosemite Valley mid-morning on Saturday which was poor planning on my part. This place is crazy! (Both in scenery and the amount of people.) Anyway, I'm starting to get my bearing. Looking forward to exp