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!

Elbow Falls Hike Bragg Creek – Perfect Picnic by a Waterfall

Elbow Falls Hike Bragg Creek – Perfect Picnic by a Waterfall

Elbow Falls Trail is always a good road trip stop if you’re near Bragg Creek Alberta in Kananaskis Country. In the springtime and after heavy rains the water is flowing faster and creating bigger waterfalls on the Elbow River. While the picnic tables washed away in the flood of 2013 it’s still a pretty place […]

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Meat Cove Cape Breton Boardwalk Hike and Lunch at Chowder Hut

Meat Cove Cape Breton Boardwalk Hike and Lunch at Chowder Hut

Making my way up and down the winding Cape Breton roadway with coastal views of the Atlantic I had no idea what I would find at the end of the road. I knew my desired destination, Meat Cove, but I wasn’t quite sure if I would make it there in my little car. Meat Cove […]

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Troll Falls Hike Kananaskis Alberta – Beautiful Waterfall

Troll Falls Hike Kananaskis Alberta – Beautiful Waterfall

Troll Falls is an easy Kananaskis hike for all types of hikers. I saw a lot of families with their kids on the Troll Falls trail in the summer. This hiking trail is also popular in winter. People go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing when enough snow is present. The Troll Falls is a beautiful little […]

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Grotto Canyon Unique Canmore Hike in Kananaskis Country

Grotto Canyon Unique Canmore Hike in Kananaskis Country

Grotto Canyon trail in Kananaskis Country, near Canmore Alberta, is unique in several ways including the pictographs on the canyon wall. I might have missed the rock paintings but another hiker pointed out the general location earlier along the hike. The trailhead to Grotto Canyon hike is on the left side of the parking lot. […]

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Valley of the Five Lakes Trail Best Easy Hike Jasper National Park

Valley of the Five Lakes Trail Best Easy Hike Jasper National Park

Valley of the Five Lakes trail offers five stunningly beautiful glacier lakes in one easy hike at Jasper National Park. Imagine five pristine lakes in shades of glistening emerald green to brilliant turquoise blue. A peaceful setting in the Canadian Rockies, surrounded by forest. Feast your eyes on some of nature’s most magnificent work in […]

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Bow Summit Peyto Lake Hike Icefields Parkway Banff

Bow Summit Peyto Lake Hike Icefields Parkway Banff

Peyto Lake hike to the upper lookout trail at Bow Summit along the Icefields Parkway is the best place to view Peyto Lake. Skip past the tourists at the viewing platforms and do Bow Summit hike instead. I’ve seen Peyto in sunshine, gusting winds, drizzling rain, and through snowflakes or sleet. Peyto is unmistakable for […]

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Camden Maine Hiking Ocean Lookout Trail with Fall Foliage

Camden Maine Hiking Ocean Lookout Trail with Fall Foliage

Looking for Camden Maine hiking trails I found Camden Hills State Park and picked a beautiful autumn day to hike the Megunticook Ocean Lookout Trail. Camden Maine is a beauty of a town along mid-coast Maine and I was fortunate to stay in nearby Northport for a few weeks from late September to mid-October. For many […]

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Hirtle’s Beach Gaff Point Trail Nova Scotia Best Coastal Hike

Hirtle’s Beach Gaff Point Trail Nova Scotia Best Coastal Hike

Hirtle’s Beach Gaff Point hike is my favorite hike in Nova Scotia. So far. A return trip to Nova Scotia is necessary to hike more of this glorious Maritimes province. During a month staying in Bridgewater Nova Scotia I visited many of the South Shore beaches, along with trips to Annapolis Royal, Bay of Fundy, Blue […]

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