Trip Report

Lake Marian Hike — Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

Lake Marian Hike — Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

This short hike to an alpine lake in a hanging valley was our favorite hike on our entire New Zealand trip.

Hooker Valley Hike — Aoraki/Mt. Cook NP, New Zealand

Hooker Valley Hike — Aoraki/Mt. Cook NP, New Zealand

Hooker Valley is a gorgeous hike past glacier lakes with incredible valley views, making it the best hike in Aoraki/Mt. Cook.

Roy's Peak Hike — Wanaka, New Zealand

Roy's Peak Hike — Wanaka, New Zealand

This strenuous hike climbs to a once in a lifetime view of Lake Wanaka and Mount Aspiring National Park.

Backpacking the High Sierra Trail in 6 Days

Backpacking the High Sierra Trail in 6 Days

I finally hiked the High Sierra Trail, a trip I've been dying to do for years! Those 6 days in remote backcountry absolutely blew me away.

High Sierra Trail Day 6 — Guitar Lake to Mt. Whitney

High Sierra Trail Day 6 — Guitar Lake to Mt. Whitney

The final day on the trail was an intense one from summiting Mt. Whitney to descending 6k+ feet, we can definitely say finished our trip with a bang!

High Sierra Trail Day 5 — Junction Meadow to Guitar Lake

High Sierra Trail Day 5 — Junction Meadow to Guitar Lake

Our 5th day was mostly spent climbing uphill nonstop up to Guitar Lake with hard-earned views of Kern Valley and the Kaweah Peaks in the distance

High Sierra Trail Day 4 — Moraine Lake to Junction Meadow

High Sierra Trail Day 4 — Moraine Lake to Junction Meadow

On day four of the High Sierra Trail, we descended down and into Kern Canyon with a relaxing and much-needed stop at Kern Hot Springs.

High Sierra Trail Day 3 — Hamilton Lake to Moraine Lake

High Sierra Trail Day 3 — Hamilton Lake to Moraine Lake

Our third day on the High Sierra Trail took us through a variety of terrains and set the record for the most elevation climbed - 4,000 ft!

High Sierra Trail Day 2 — 9 Mile Creek to Hamilton Lake

High Sierra Trail Day 2 — 9 Mile Creek to Hamilton Lake

Day 2 on the HST was a memorable one continuing with the best views of the Great Western Divide and my favorite camp site of the entire trip.

High Sierra Trail Day 1 — Crescent Meadow to 9 Mile Creek

High Sierra Trail Day 1 — Crescent Meadow to 9 Mile Creek

Our first day on the High Sierra Trail had no shortage of vast, exposed, and dramatic views of the impressive Great Western Divide.

Hiking the Aspen Forests of Inner Basin Trail — Flagstaff, AZ

Hiking the Aspen Forests of Inner Basin Trail — Flagstaff, AZ

One of Flagstaff's best hikes, the Inner Basin Trail wanders through an extremely photogenic grove of beautiful white aspens.

Hiking Fossil Springs Trail to Toilet Bowl — Fossil Creek Wilderness, AZ

Hiking Fossil Springs Trail to Toilet Bowl — Fossil Creek Wilderness, AZ

The Fossil Creek Wilderness Area is an oasis destination attracting hikers, sunbathers, cliff-jumpers, and swimmers to its crystal clear water

Backpacking Little Lakes Valley to Gem Lakes — Bishop, CA

Backpacking Little Lakes Valley to Gem Lakes — Bishop, CA

This flat trail spanning no less than 6 spectacular lakes in less than 5 miles makes for a leisurely hike with some of the best views in the Sierras

Hiking to Heart Lake — Mt. Shasta, CA

Hiking to Heart Lake — Mt. Shasta, CA

It's not often you'll get to experience such scenic mountain views from just a short one mile hike. The views of Mt. Shasta are one of a kind from this memorable vista.

Mossbrae Falls Hike — Mt. Shasta, CA

Mossbrae Falls Hike — Mt. Shasta, CA

Mossbrae Falls, which looks like a magical curtain of cascading water, has to be one of the crown jewels in the Shasta area.