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Lake Aloha via Rockbound Pass – Desolation Wilderness (38 mile loop)


A ~38 mile backpacking trip in Desolation Wilderness near South Lake Tahoe. This loop traverses over Rockbound Pass and Dicks Pass on its way to the beautiful Lake Aloha. Along the route you are treated to amazing scenery with highlights including: alpine lakes, granite peaks, meadows, waterfalls, and expansive views of El Dorado National Forest.

Loowit Trail – Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument (30 mile loop)


The 30 mile Loowit Trail Loop is a backpacking route that circumnavigates Mount St. Helens in Washington state. This unique route provides great views of the volcanic scenery and blast zone around the most famous volcano in the continental United States. Other highlights include wildflowers, waterfalls, and epic views of Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, and Mount Hood. What truly sets this hike apart from others though is the unique landscape created by the 1980 volcanic eruption.

Timberline Trail – Mount Hood Wilderness, OR (40 mile loop)


The 40 mile Timberline Trail Loop in the Mount Hood Wilderness is a classic route that circumnavigates Oregon’s highest peak, Mount Hood. Located just outside of Portland, this route features alpine vistas, waterfalls, countless views of Mt. Hood, alpine meadows, and views of cascade forest.

Gunsight Pass and Lake McDonald – Glacier National Park (22 miles point to point)


A 22 mile route that crosses the Continental Divide within Glacier National Park. Highlights in alpine lakes, two mountain passes, and several epic views.

Zambia Safari – South Luangwa National Park (8 day trip)


8 day safari trip in South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. This itinerary included stays at three different safari camps and 2 nights camping in mobile bush camps. During the trip we had both guided game drives (day and night) and traditional Zambian walking safaris. South Luangwa NP is a well-known safari destination because of its extremely high density of mammals and birds as well as its beautiful scenery along the Luangwa River.

South Africa Safari – Greater Kruger National Park (5 day trip)


5 day safari trip in the Timbavati Game Reserve and Klaserie Nature Reserve adjacent to Kruger National Park in South Africa. This itinerary included stays at two different safari camps (two nights at each camp). During the trip we had several day and evening game drives and were able to see a variety of large mammals and birds. The game reserves are connected to Kruger National Park are known for their populations of Big Five safari animals. 

Sedona, Arizona Hiking Highlights (Devils Bridge, Brins Mesa, Bell Rock, Hangover Trail)


We went on four of the signature hikes within in Sedona, Arizona. These hikes ranged from 5 to 10 miles in length, are moderate in difficulty, and explore several of the famous rock structures surrounding Sedona: Brins Mesa, Devils Bridge, Bell Rock, Courthouse Butte, etc. Highlights include up close views of towering red rock structures, pine forests, and sweeping views of Sedona and the surrounding landscape. 

Yosemite Highlights Loop – Yosemite National Park (40 mile loop)


This 40 mile backpacking loop includes up-close views of several of the most beautiful areas of Yosemite National Park. Starting and ending in Yosemite Valley, this itinerary circumnavigates Half Dome and provides awesome views of Yosemite Valley, Tenaya Canyon, Tenaya Lake, Clouds Rest, Half Dome, the Merced River, the Lost Valley, Little Yosemite Valley, and Nevada and Vernal Falls.

Titcomb Basin – Wind River Range, WY (40 mile route)


The ~40 mile Titcomb Basin and Indian Basin backpacking trek goes through the spectacular and popular Wind River Range in the Bridger Wilderness area of Wyoming.

The Escalante Route – Grand Canyon National Park (32 mile trek)


The ~32 mile Escalante Route in Grand Canyon National Park provides epic views as it traverses nearly 10 miles along the Colorado River in the heart of the Grand Canyon. Along the way you are treated to epic views of the Colorado River, Grand Canyon, and many unique rock structures.

Spider Gap, Buck Creek Pass – Glacier Peak Wilderness (40 mile loop)


The ~40 mile Spider Gap – Buck Creek Pass backpacking loop sits within a beautiful section of Glacier Peak Wilderness in the northern Cascade Mountains of Washington state.

Zion Traverse – Zion National Park (51 mile point-to-point)


The 51 mile Zion Traverse (aka Trans Zion Trek) backpacking trip combines several different trails to span the entirety of Zion National Park from northwest to southeast. Along this route you hike through several different regions of the park (Kolob Canyons, Wildcat Canyon, West Rim, Zion Canyon, and East Rim) and pass through narrow canyons, high deserts, plateaus, and ponderosa forests.

Cirque of the Towers Loop – Wind River Range, WY (45 mile loop)


The 45 mile Cirque of the Towers backpacking loop goes through the spectacular and popular Wind River Range of the Pop Agie and Bridger Wilderness areas of Wyoming.

The Enchantments – Alpine Lakes Wilderness (18 mile point-to-point)


The Enchantments in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness are one of the premiere backpacking destinations in Washington State. This region boasts rugged granite peaks, pristine alpine lakes, and everything that the Cascade Mountain Range has to offer.

North Circle Loop – Glacier National Park (52 mile loop)


The North Circle backpacking loop traverse across ~50 miles within the impressive Many Glacier area of Glacier National Park. Along the route you pass through the Ptarmigan Tunnel, hike over Stoney Indian Pass and Swiftcurrent Pass, and hike along 11 miles of the famous Highline Trail, which follows the Continental Divide and provides some of the best views in Glacier National Park.

Banff National Park Hiking Highlights (Peyto Lake, Moraine Lake, Bow Lake, Lake Louise)


Banff National Park is home to many beautiful turquoise lakes and intimidating mountains. In this report we describe hikes starting at several of the signature lakes within Banff. The scenery in this park is hard to beat and the backdrops are truly one of a kind.

Four Pass Loop – Maroon Bells Snowmass Wilderness, CO (28 mile loop)


The Four Pass Loop in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness near Aspen, CO is one of Colorado’s premiere backpacking trails. Along this route you cross four mountain passes over 12,000 feet high and have many different views of the Colorado Rockies.

Three Sisters Wilderness – Broken Top Loop (24 mile loop)


The Three Sisters Wilderness near Bend, Oregon offers excellent backpacking opportunities with varying terrain. Trails traverse volcanic features (craters, solidified lava flows, buttes), alpine lakes, and small glaciers. This is a truly unique area!

Yoho National Park – Iceline Trail and Takakkaw Falls (13 mile loop)


The Iceline Trail is one of the signature hikes within Yoho National Park in British Columbia. Along the trail you are treated to views of waterfalls, glaciers, and expansive alpine views.

Teton Crest Trail – Grand Teton National Park (48 mile loop)


The Teton Crest Trail is one of the most beautiful backpacking loops within the continental United States! Grand Teton National Park is full of amazing scenery and has an abundance of wildlife.