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 2200 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 PacificCrest Trails.

Rattlesnake Arch near Fruita, Colorado

I hike year round in most weather, although autumn is probably my favorite season. Living in Colorado, there are endless hiking opportunities.  The Salida area is surrounded by mountains and is a great place to call home with the Sangre de Cristo and Sawatch Ranges nearby and unlimited alpine peaks to visit.

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
Backpacking in New Mexico's Pecos Wilderness

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 

Mt Lafayette and Franconia Ridge in New Hampshire

The Knife Edge of Katahdin

Click on the links below to read previous hiking posts.





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Hiking Fisher Towers

Table Mountain: A Grand View of the Tetons

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