Hiking and backpacking are probably my greatest outdoor passions. I have hiked throughout the US from California to Maine. Some of my more ambitious backpacking trips include a 2,200 mile Appalachian Trail Thru Hike in 1999, 160+ mile Thru Hike of the Cohos Trail in northern New Hampshire, and the 190 northern miles of Vermont's Long Trail. I have also hiked extended sections of the Colorado and Pacific Crest Trails.
|Rattlesnake Arch near Fruita, Colorado|
I hike year round in most weather, although autumn is probably my favorite season. I moved to the Adirondack mountains of New York in May 2019. With 2,000 miles of trails, there is no shortage of places to visit in the Adirondacks.
Above the clouds on Algonquin Peak
Avalanche Lake and Pass
Along the crest of the Great Range
Prior to the Adirondacks, I lived at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Colorado, not too far from the mountain town of Salida, for five years. The Salida area is surrounded by mountains and was a great place to call home with the Sangre de Cristo and Sawatch Ranges nearby and unlimited alpine peaks to explore.
|Mt Adams with Crestones beyond in|
the Sangre de Cristo Range
|View from Mt Yale |
|Mountain goats on Mt Antero|
|On the Summit of Quandary Peak|
|Upper Stout Lake below the Twin Sisters in|
the northern Sangre de Cristos
|Bighorn Sheep in the northern Sangre de Cristos|
Before moving to Colorado I lived in Maine for eight years and my favorite spots to hike were Baxter State Park in Maine (particularly Katahdin- Maine's highest peak), Acadia National Park, and the Presidential Range in New Hampshire.
Looking towards Avery Peak in Bigelow Range
Approaching Doubletop Mtn. in Baxter State Park
The Knife Edge of Katahdin
Click on the links below to read previous hiking posts. Posts marked with a B* indicate backpacking trips of at least one night.
Hiking Fisher Towers
Table Mountain: A Grand View of the Tetons