Hiking

Here you will find solo hiking trip reviews, tips, gear options, advice for hiking alone and adventure travel options for the solo traveler.

Traveling around the US there is a lot of great hiking. Some of my favorite places are Utah and in Arizona around Sedona, Page, Tucson, and the Grand Canyon.

On the east coast in the New England region you can see amazing views from the coast. Ocean Lookout trail in Camden State Park is a great hike with panoramic views of the water and the town of Camden.

For a unique coastal viewpoint take the one mile hike on the Rockland Breakwater out to the lighthouse.

I’ve done a lot of hiking near my hometown of Calgary Alberta. Click the links below for all the hiking blog posts for each area.

Banff hikes

Jasper hikes

Kananaskis hikes

In British Columbia the hiking ranges from coastal hikes to high elevation hikes in the Canadian Rockies and everything in between. I love the any hike where there is water and moutains and Joffre Lakes Trail near Whistler is a great hike for both.

In Yoho National Park near the Alberta border I recommend hiking around Emerald Lake. And two beautiful waterfall hikes in Yoho are Wapta Falls and Takakkaka Falls.

If you drive to southern Alberta you can visit Waterton Lake National Park and continue down to Montana to explore Glacier National Park. There are lots of great hiking options including Trail of Cedars which is also the trailhead to Avalanche Lake hike.

When I visited Nova Scotia my favorite hike, even better than Skyline Trail in Cape Breton, was the amazing Gaff Point hike at Hirtle’s Beach in the South Shore region of Nova Scotia. You can read about 9 Cape Breton hikes here.

In Texas the best hiking is at Big Bend National Park. Check out my favorite trails for hiking solo at Big Bend here. Another great hike in Texas is Enchanted Rock – it’s a huge boulder out in the hill country of central Texas.

Desert hikes offer unique experiences like White Sands National Park in New Mexico. There’s also a cool hike in Truth or Consequences New Mexico  called Healing Waters Trail that is part history tour and part desert hike.

If you want to learn more about hiking solo and some of the survival skills you may need to rely on if you get lost on a hiking trip, check out my post on Wilderness Survival Skills.

Have fun hiking!

Ladybug Hike at Redwood Regional Park Oakland California

Ladybug Hike at Redwood Regional Park Oakland California

Staying near downtown Oakland I never imagined I could walk through a redwood forest just a few minutes away from the bustling city and traffic. In winter! A wonderful retreat from the mayhem of city life. But it gets even better. A friend told me about the incredible Redwood Regional Park ladybug overwintering spot. Everyone […]

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Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse Hike for a FUN Day Outdoors in Maine

Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse Hike for a FUN Day Outdoors in Maine

Visiting Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse in Maine is a lot different than any other lighthouse I have visited. All the other lighthouses were on land – not a mile or so offshore. That’s one of the interesting things about this Maine lighthouse – you walk almost a mile on the breakwater made of granite rocks. I […]

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Muir Woods Hike the Redwood Forest Marin County California Coast

Muir Woods Hike the Redwood Forest Marin County California Coast

There aren’t many places that you can experience the sublime beauty of old growth redwood trees. I highly recommend a visit to Muir Woods National Monument in Marin County California. Only 12 miles (19 km) from San Francisco you could experience pure bliss while hiking among the coastal redwoods. Taking a Muir Woods hike is […]

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Mistaya Canyon Hike (Icefields Parkway) Banff National Park

Mistaya Canyon Hike (Icefields Parkway) Banff National Park

I’m so happy that I chose to take the scenic route from Golden BC to Calgary AB – with a detour to the magnificent Mistaya Canyon on the Icefields Parkway scenic highway. The weather forecast looked not so great in Lake Louise and Banff, so I opted to drive north on the spectacular Icefields Parkway […]

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Boom Lake Banff Hiking Trail to Perfect Picnic Lakeside

Boom Lake Banff Hiking Trail to Perfect Picnic Lakeside

Boom Lake in Banff National Park is the perfect outing for a lakeside picnic and amazing views of the Rocky Mountains. Summertime in the Canadian Rockies makes me happy. This year I’ve already visited Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, and Waterton National Park. If always feels great to get outdoors and do some hiking in the mountains […]

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Takakkaw Falls Yoho National Park British Columbia

Takakkaw Falls Yoho National Park British Columbia

When I stayed in Golden British Columbia for ten days, I enjoyed some day trips to nearby hiking trails and gorgeous scenic drives. While I wouldn’t call the short walk to Takakkaw Falls a hike, it is a gorgeous stroll from the parking area, across the Yoho River, to the thundering waterfall. The trip to […]

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Beautiful Hike to Wapta Falls Yoho National Park British Columbia

Beautiful Hike to Wapta Falls Yoho National Park British Columbia

In July I took a solo road trip from Calgary to Golden BC and enjoyed 10 days exploring the area. There are lots of great hiking and biking trails in and around Golden. The town is surrounded by the Rocky Mountains and the location provides easy access to several national parks in BC and Alberta. […]

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Maligne Canyon Hike Jasper National Park Canada

Maligne Canyon Hike Jasper National Park Canada

Maligne Canyon trail is located near the town of Jasper – it’s only a 15-minute drive from downtown Jasper. While you can access some hiking trails right from town it’s worth it to get out of town and drive (or bike) the Maligne Lake Road for some spectacular views in the Canadian Rockies. Maligne Canyon […]

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