Hiking Mt. Gleason: Angeles National Forest

On August 4, 2013, at 5:30 a.m., I set out to hike to the top of Mt. Gleason in the Angeles National Forest in Acton California. The hike took me nearly eight hours to complete from start to finish and the total round trip was 19.2 miles.

Mt. Gleason’s elevation is 6,502 feet high and stands high above most of the summits in the San Gabriel Mountains. The well-maintained Pacific Crest Trail is also there and crosses through the paved Mt. Gleason Road way and is available for the more rugged hikers.

I personally decided to stick with hiking along the paved Mt. Gleason Road rather than hike the Pacific Crest Trail. Hiking nearly 20 miles is certainly rigorous, and there are many other dirt trails throughout the mountains. From experience, I know it can be easy to accidentally take the wrong trail and end up lost and re-tracing your …

The CCC Trail — Day Hiking in Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Of the few natural parks in the Texas Panhandle, the most well-known and widely-visited is Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Palo Duro sits in the heart of the high plains and is a welcome change of topography in an otherwise flat region. There are a handful of day hike trails in the canyon, with difficulty levels ranging from the most mild to relatively difficult. All species of day hikers are looking for something in their trips–a leisurely stretch of the legs, awesome vistas, or challenging climbs. In the Palo Duro Canyon, the CCC Trail offers all of these things.

The CCC trail in Palo Duro Canyon, (so named for the Civilian Conservation Corps workers who built and used it in the 1930s) offers day-hikers a change in scenery and altitude, as well as a varying level of difficulty. Unlike other trails in the park, the CCC trail is limited to …

Great Outdoors Month: Hiking in the Adirondacks

Not being a born native to the North Country I can only wonder time and time again how in the world I ended up living near the mountains. Originally being born and brought up in Brooklyn then later on in life moving to Long Island I never really had to endure long cold brutal winters nor did I have the privilege to see one of natures most precious beauties, the Adirondack Mountains.

Now living in the Adirondack area for almost three years I have met a wonderful group of ladies that have taken me under their wing and introduced me to one of nature’s most fascinating adventures – hiking as they would call it. Me personally I still call it a struggle climbing up trails and rocks. But anyhow it is amazing and quite frankly never did I imagine that I was ever capable of wanting to try this.

With …