Hiking

My BHAG: To hike all the good trails!

Current Status: Hiking for health 5+ nights a week in Percy/Edwin Warner Park trails with Emily. I plan to add a ton of epic hikes as we visit all those Tennessee State Parks.

Epic Ground Pounds

My favorite hikes…ever…in my life…

Hiking Related Posts

Hiking Roan Mountain – Carver’s Gap to Roan High Knob to Cloudland Mountain to Roan High Bluff

We started our week in east Tennesse by hiking Roan Mountain (the sixth highest peak in Tennessee). From Carver’s Gap we hiked on the Appalachian Trail to the Roan High Knob shelter. The summit of Roan High Knob (6285 ft.) was the highest point of our week. Then we headed to Cloudland Mountain (where an …

Backpacking Preparation – Getting and Testing My Gear In Nerd Fashion

I spent the winter months ‘nerding out’ learning about backpacking. I’ve always thought it would be interesting to head out man vs. trail. I’ve never done it, however. For me, part of the fun in most things is in the planning. Ultralight, backcountry, backpacking provides plenty of opportunity for that. Researching, making checklists, taking measurements, …

Hiking Charlies Bunion on the Appalachian Trail (Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Day 8)

On the final day of our 25th anniversary trip to the Great Smoky Mountains, we hiked to Charlies Bunion mountaintop. I didn’t realize I had a touch of vertigo until I was sitting on the edge of this rock. The view was worth it! It was a great hike to end up our trip that …

Edgar Evins State Park – Hiking Merritt Ridge and Millennium Trails

We spent Halloween at Edgar Evins State Park to hike the 7+-mile Merritt Ridge and Millennium Trails.  This was a pretty hard hike and also one of the less-traveled trails we’ve ever been on.  At times it felt like we were just wandering along in the open forest.  The views of Center Hill Lake hiking …

Abrams Falls + Elijah Oliver Place + The Sinks + Tuckaleechee Caverns (Great Smoky Mtns. – Day 6)

The goal on our 6th day in the Great Smoky Mountains was to do the hike to Abrams Falls (our final waterfall hike of the trip). We hit the road early with Emily helping with filming (after some quick training). We made a quick pitstop at The Sinks. Then we got to the hike via …

Hiking Cades Cove – Full Time-lapse (Great Smoky Mountains – Day 5)

14 miles…hiking…not driving…not biking (although we tried).  I time-lapsed this very peaceful hike (all 14 miles in 12 minutes).  Every time I’ve ever been on the Cades Cove Loop (in the Great Smoky Mountains) it has been a bumper to bumper traffic jam.  They close it to auto traffic on Wednesdays during some parts of …

Hiking To Rainbow Falls + Laurel Falls + Foothills Parkway (Great Smoky Mountains – Day 4)

We spent the 4th day of our Great Smoky Mountain National Park trip hiking to Rainbow Falls! I cannot say enough good things about this hike.  We hiked six waterfalls on our 8 days in the park and this one was, by far, my favorite.  Later in the afternoon, we hiked to Laurel Falls (which …

Hiking To Grotto Falls + Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail + Ogle Farm (Great Smoky Mountains – Day 3)

We waited out the rain on our third day in the Great Smoky Mountains to hike to Grotto Falls. Before going, we fueled up at Crockett’s 1875 Breakfast Camp (very good). Then we headed towards the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail. On the way, we stopped for a quick (and unexpected) hike at Ogle’s Farm. …

Hiking Chimney Tops Trail + Gatlinburg Trail and Cataract Falls (Great Smoky Mountains – Day 2)

After a big hike on day one of our trip (in the Great Smoky Mountains) we were looking for a shorter hike the next day. The Chimney Tops Trail is shorter (check). It is not an easy recovery hike by any means (not check). It is steep and has lots of steps (lots and lots …

Sunrise and Sunset While Hiking Clingmans Dome (in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park)

We’ve hiked the trail to Clingmans Dome (in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park) several times over the years.  It is a quick, steep hike.  We did it a few fairly spectacular times.  One time in 2014 for a sunrise which was one of the prettiest I’ve ever seen in my life.  This year after …

Hiking Winding Stairs Trail (Red Oak, Milk Pail, Jacob’s Ladder, and Cascades) in Lafayette, TN

We drove up to Lafayette, TN (while up at Bledsoe Creek State Park) for what we thought would be a short, mile and a half long hike.  Our target was Winding Stairs Trail.  5+ miles, a couple of thousand feet of elevation, and almost 3 hours later we finished a very enjoyable hike!  There were …

Zion National Park – Our Two Day Adventure

Zion Canyon, The Narrows, Riverside Walk, Weeping Rock, Emerald Pools, Big Bend, Pa’rus Trail, South Entrance, Cable Mountain Lodge, Zion Canyon Shuttle, Swimming, Hiking.  We saw all that but two days at Zion National Park wasn’t nearly enough to see everything! Phenomenal! If you have not been…GO! Zion National Park is currently duking it out …

Bledsoe Creek State Park (Gallatin, TN) Hiking Shoreline Trail and High Ridge Trail

Camping in the blazing hot Tennessee Summer without working AC?!?  Not advised!  In July we went to Bledsoe Creek State Park (in Gallatin, Tennessee).  This was our first state park camping in our RV.  It was extremely hot on the weekend we went.  It was 98 degrees (the hottest weekend of 2020).  We hiked the …

Hiking The Narrows (and the Riverside Walk Trail) in Zion National Park

The Narrows @ Zion National Park, Utah– 7/26/2019 – 6 miles, 335 feet elevation gain.  We only had two days on our visit to Zion National Park and made sure to get The Narrows hike in.  We went during the monsoon season which is not the best time to go hiking in the Narrows due …

Hiking Update (2019)

There are few places I’d rather be than tromping around in the woods somewhere.  I like biking for sure but I like hiking equally (if not more).  I’ve definitely ridden more miles (and spent more time riding) than I have spent hiking.  Recently however I’ve reversed this.  In 2019 I’ve spent a ton of time …

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