The map below shows hikes that I have posted. Double click to zoom in on an area. Click on a hiker icon to discover great hikes! Red stars indicate long distance hikes.

Short Adventures

This page includes summaries of short hikes/backpacking trips that I have completed. Click the link for a full report.  Some are yet to be completed…

Trinity Alps Wilderness
Bonanza Mine: Wrangell Saint Elias National Park
North Manitou Island: June 24-27, 2009-remote island in Lake Michigan, part of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
The Saleve near Geneva
Linville Gorge Loop: March 14-16, 2011- a beautiful loop through the "Grand Canyon of the East"
Zion National Park: March 19-22, 2012-day hikes including Angel's landing, also desert backpacking
Lake Superior Provincial Park Coastal Trail: May 8-10, 2012-beautiful coastal shoreline on the world's largest freshwater lake
Nordhouse Dunes: Aug 31-Sep 2, 2012-scenic beaches on Lake Michigan and Big Sable lighthouse
Manistee River Loop: October 5-6, 2012-spectacular fall colors on one of lower Michigan's best loops
McAfee Knob Day Hike- December 27, 2012-snowy hike to AT's "most photographed" location
Jordan River Pathway: May 26-27, 2013-one of the best loops in lower Michigan
Manistee River Trail #2: summer day-hike on a classic Michigan backpacking loop
Ouray/Uncompahgre Loop: Aug 11-14, 2013- part of my Colorado Adventure 2013, Bear Creek Trail
Hoist Lakes/Negwegon State Park: September 27-29,  2013- beautiful lower Michigan in Huron National Forest and along the shore of Lake Huron
Great Falls/Billy Goat Trail/C&O Canal-April 2014-excellent day-hiking/running near DC
Assateague Island National Seashore: April 19-20, 2014 -beach hike along Atlantic Ocean and wild ponies
Patapsco Valley State Park-short day-hike in Maryland's first state park
Shenandoah National Park-Old Rag/Brown Mountain-Rockytop Loop-May 2-4, 2014-famous day-hike and overnight loop in Virginia's mountains
Day Hikes on the Pacific Northwest Trail-Oyster Dome, Padilla Bay, Fidalgo Bay, Anacortes Forest Lands, Deception Pass, Forts Ebey and Casey
Olympic National Park: Mountains, Coast, and Rainforest-Hurricane and Klahhane Ridges, Shi Shi Beach, Ozette Triangle, Rialto Beach and Hole-in-the-Wall, Ruby Beach, and the Hoh Rainforest
North Cascades National Park: Cascade Pass and Sahale Arm- innumerable high mountain views in "America's Alps"
Garibaldi Provincial Park: The Black Tusk, Cheakamus Lake, and Panorama Ridge-3 nights of backpacking including pristine lakes and mountain views in Brittish Columbia
Yellowstone National Park: day hikes to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Hayden Valley, exciting geothermal features, and Yellowstone Lake.
Grand Teton National Park: Paintbrush/Cascade Canyon Loop- one of the finest day-hikes including spectacular mountain scenery with alpine lakes, streams and the Tetons.
Maryland Heights: day-hike including civil war history, spectacular overlook of Harpers Ferry, and C&O Towpath
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park: Lake Superior shoreline, wilderness rivers and waterfalls, expansive views and fall colors of old growth forests
Pictured Rocks Lakeshore Trail:  mile for mile Michigan's most scenic hike including dunes, endless beaches, waterfalls, and sandstone cliffs
Arches and Canyonlands National Parks: day hikes including the Fisher Towers, Fiery Furnace, Devil's Garden, Delicate Arch, Island in the Sky, Dead Horse Point State Park, and the Needles.

Manistee River Trail October 2015

Hiking the beach: southwest Michigan: 8 day-hikes along beautiful Lake Michigan beaches. Roundtrip distance: ~75 miles
Appalachian Trail: Annapolis Rock

Beaver Island, Michigan August 2016
Highbanks Trail: Huron National Forest October 2016
Michigan Shore-to-Shore Trail: McKinley Trailhead to Rollways Campground November 2016
Ludington State Park/Nordhouse Dunes Figure eight  April 2018 ~30 miles

To be completed:
Sleeping Bear Dunes
Trinity Alps
Hawaii-Mauna Kea, Craters
Aiguille du Midi
Salisbury Crags, Edinburgh
Antietam National Battlefield
Patapsco Valley State Park
Baker River Trail
Goat Mountain
Bay City State Park
Day hikes in Michigan's Northwestern L. Peninsula

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About Me

I've been born and raised in the great state of Michigan. I recently graduated from physical therapy school. I enjoy being active, playing sports, and running. Backpacking has become a great interest as it is a physical challenge that provides many rewarding views and experiences. I strive to make a difference in the lives of those encounter in every day life, on the trail, or even just on this blog. May God bless each of you. Now go find an adventure! It's only a few feet away!