Because it is winter, and because I just read this book, and because I am feeling really good these past 2-3 days, (Even during chemo!!) I have decided to write 10 posts ranking my top 10 favorite hikes.
And because let’s face it, more than likely my days of hiking over a half mile at a time are done.
It was not easy to narrow down my hikes, although a few pop out as definite top 5 territory. I grew up hiking the woods behind my house, and every year we went to the 1000 Islands Region of New York, and hiked a lot there. Fun fact: despite growing up in NY and having parents who love outdoors, I didn’t hike the Adirondacks until I was 26 and living in North Carolina (It is my second favorite hike).
I have hiked trails in Joshua Tree National Park, Redwoods NP, Grand Canyon NP, Mt. Ranier NP, Glacier NP, Denali NP, all 5 Utah National Parks, Yellowstone NP. I have hiked the Appalachian Trail in at least 6 spots. I have hiked the closest mountain to Charlotte, Crowder’s Mountain, probably over 75 times.
I used to plan vacations around hiking. I wanted to hike the Wind River area of western Wyoming, Mesa Verde National Park, the Red Rock country of Utah, and Mt. Baxter in Maine. And my biggest dream of all: The John Muir Trail in California. Even if I didn't get to these places, I still feel very lucky for the 500-1000 hikes I have accomplished in my life.
Please note that my ranking is personal. I based my rankings on who I was with, feelings that day, the weather, the drive – and so on. But other factors, like mileage, are part of the input. But no, I didn’t base my rankings solely on just mileage, view points, elevation gain, etc.
And I think after the top 5 pop out as memorable hikes – all others could be tied for 6th, they are equally awesome, as are the many, many, many other hikes I have done that are not listed here:
Karen's Top 10 Favorite Hikes are located in these parks/places: