This is a collection of photo slideshows that I’ve created over the years that document multi-day adventures on the trail. They vary in length and occasionally exceed 20 minutes, but generally run between 3-8 minutes. To see live video clips from these hikes, click the video tab on the secondary menu at the top of the page.
This is a video recap of a spring hike that I took on the Appalachian Trail with my son and dog near Neel’s Gap in North Georgia. We had perfect spring weather and a simultaneous sunset and moonrise. What a major contrast from the biker rally at the trailhead when we arrived!
This is a winter hike to the Len Foote Hike Inn in the Chattahoochee National Forest that we did with a group of dads and sons from St. Jude Catholic Church. Kudos to the staff at the Inn – who provided outstanding customer service during our visit. What a great place….
This is a video of a January 31, 2015 backpacking trip to Bly Gap, North Carolina which is located just past the Georgia-North Carolina State line on the Appalachian Trail. It was the first time I’d been here in 20 years and it was great to be back. Northbound thru-hikers love this place because it marks the completion of the first of fourteen States on the A.T. And it was good to be back ….
This is a recap of our year with Cub Scout Pack 623 in Atlanta, GA which includes multiple hikes on the Appalachian Trail, a Bert Adams campout, the Pinewood Derby, and a spring overnight trip to the Georgia aquarium, SOAR model rockets, the Blue and Gold Banquet, and Cub Scout summer camp near Alpharetta.
On June 29, 2013, I set out on a ~3517 mile road trip up the east coast with the family. In 14 days, we visited 2 Countries, 16 States, and spent a fair amount of time hiking on or near the Appalachian Trail. Major stops on the journey include Huntersville-Wake Forest, NC, Richmond, VA, HoHoKus, NJ, NYC, Augusta-Monson-Stratton, ME, Barton, VT, and DC. Accidental stops on the trip include Quebec which I accidentally drove in to without passports!
This hike starts just past Standing Indian Campground and follows the Long Branch Trail 2.0 miles and 800 feet up to the Appalachian Trail at Glassmine Gap. From here, the route turns to the right and climbs another 250 feet to the headwaters of Long Branch Creek where a shelter built in 2012 resides only a few tenths of a mile off the trail. The structure is two-story and has a picnic table, fire ring, and roomy privy situated in the back. We got hit with a surprise snowstorm on this trip and had 8 1/2 inches of snow by morning. So this trip has been code named “The Klondike”. Runtime is 5 minutes, 26 seconds.
This hike over the Crocker Mountains follows the Appalachian Trail for 8.1 miles near Stratton, Maine. It can be done from either the ME 27 or Caribou Valley Road trailheads but plenty of effort is required to summit regardless of the direction. The Crocker Cirque Campsite is located about a mile from Caribou Valley Road, and is the best campsite in this area. It is situated in a glacial bowl near a small pond with tent platforms, a spring, and a privy. From the pond, there are views toward the Crocker Mountains and the A.T. with peaks that sit over 1300 feet above the site. It’s a very scenic campsite, but don’t underestimate the difficulty of the terrain in this area. Runtime is 4 minutes, 5 seconds.
Beaverstone Bay sits just off the Georgian Bay in Northern Ontario and shares its water with Lake Huron. It is located between Philip Edward Island and the mainland of Ontario near Killarney and many sailboats enters its waters and follow the Collins Inlet seeking shelter (and sometimes overnight protection) from the winds and waves of Lake Huron. Runtime is 3 minutes, 56 seconds.
This backtrack hike starts at US 441 on the North Carolina side of the part and just north of the Oconaluftee Visitors Center near Cherokee. The trail follows the The Kephart Prong which is a stream that runs down from Kephart Shelter to the Newfound Gap Road (also known as US 441). The shelter sleeps 10-12 and is situated in a valley at the junctions of the Grassy Branch and Sweat Heifer Trails. Runtime is 3 minutes, 22 seconds.
After 12 ½ great years together, Rebel passed away just before Thanksgiving 2010. For those of you that hiked and backpacked with Rebel (and there were many), we plan to scattered his ashes on the trail where he spent a great deal of his life and where he helped my wife and I author a book on that very subject. Farewell my friend. I miss you dearly and think of you often. Runtime is 20 minutes, 6 seconds.
Smarts Mountain at 2,190 feet is one of twelve mountains in New Hampshire that exceeds two thousand feet. It is located on the Appalachian Trail and has a firetower and an enclosed shelter on the summit (which is the former ranger’s cabin). A series of tent platforms is located nearby and it can also be assessed from a number of blue-blazed side trails. This includes the Smarts Mountain Ranger Trail (to the southwest), the Clark Pond Loop Trail (to the south) and the Daniel Doan Trail which follows Mousley Creek (to the north and down to NH 25A). Runtime is 3 minutes, 56 seconds.
This hike along the Appalachian Trail starts at State Route 17 near Rangeley, Maine and has outstanding views across a vast lake and to Bemis Mountain from the trailhead. From here, the scenery continues as the A.T. heads northbound from ME 17 past Moxie, Sabbath Day, Little Swift River, and South Ponds. A shelter is located about 200 yards from Sabbath Day Pond and a backcountry campsite (with piped spring) is located near the Little Swift River Pond. Both are great places to spend a few hours or the night if you have the time. Runtime is 5 minutes, 43 seconds.
Gentian Pond is a small alpine lake situated at 2165 feet along a ridgeline northeast of Gorham. The Appalachian Trail passes right in front of the Gentian Pond Shelter which is a small multi-level structure with two platforms for sleeping. The Camel and I were quite happy to find this shelter after climbing up 3.3 miles to the ridgeline. It was being pounded by strong winds from the south when we arrived, and the clouds were depositing their excess water on the ridge as we hiked the remainder of the day. To reach the shelter, we climbed 3.3 miles and 1700 feet from the North Road to Gentian Pond via the Austin Brook Trail which was a great place to break for lunch. Runtime is 4 minutes, 34 seconds.
Here’s a video slideshow of another trip to Beaverstone Bay that is set to Rush’s Freewill and Red Barchetta and recaps our 2007 trip. This kayaking trip starts at the Chikanishing Creek just outside of Killarney, Ontario and ends at Beaverstone Bay. In the Bay (and throughout Collins Inlet) there are numerous islands that make great campsites and you will have a chance to enjoy some swimming, fishing and the abundant wildlife while you are in the area. Runtime is 11 minutes, 27 seconds.
This loop hike starts at the Pretty Hollow Gap trailhead 1.3 miles from the end of the Cataloochee Road at a site called Nellie (near a restored early 1900’s schoolhouse). The route climbs the Pretty Hollow Gap trail to the Mount Sterling Ridge and follows this trail east toward Laurel Gap Shelter. Here it picks up the Balsam Mountain Trail and follows it down to the Balsam Mountain Road for a lengthy road walk to the Balsam Mountain Campground (since the Polls Gap Trail is temporarily closed.) From the Campground, the route descends to Polls Gap and picks up the Rough Fork Trail that descends back to the terminus of the Cataloochee Road and wide open area that occasionally has elk or wild turkeys wandering in the field. In the last few miles of this thirty mile route, there are some historic homesteads (including the S.L. Woody house which sits on Rough Fork Creek). Runtime is 4 minutes, 26 seconds.
On this hike, we started at US 441 and climbed to the Mount Collins Shelter via the Husky Gap and Sugarland Mountain Trails. Once on the ridge, we followed the Appalachian Trail across Newfound Gap and up to the Boulevard Trail which crosses the summit of Mount LeConte at 6593 feet. There is both a shelter and clustering of commercial buildings available for rent on the mountain, and both Myrtle Point and High Top have spectacular views near the summit. The shortest decent from Mount LeConte is via the Alum Caves Trail, but this route takes the longer and more gradual decent along the Bullhead Trail. It intersects with the Two Mile Branch and Old Sugarlands Trails after 5.9 miles and these trails lead back to an overnight parking area at Sugarlands Visitor Center on US 441. Runtime is 4 minutes, 55 seconds.
The Grand Canyon is awesome any way you see it, and on this multi-day loop hike we started at the South Rim hiked to the Colorado River and looped back to the South Rim Village. Our hike through the Canyon was amazing and when combined with some snowboarding in Utah and some gambling in Vegas this vacation was tops. Runtime is 6 minutes, 2 seconds.
The hike to Heart Lake starts in the southwestern corner of Yellowstone National Park. Our route passes campsites on the Snake River and at Basin Creek Lake and Heart Lake. Both the river and the lakes are loaded with trout which makes for some great fishing if that’s of interest. There is also some choice soaking spots where hot springs mix with the Snake River or Witch Creek. The Park Service only allows soaking in these mixed water areas and not in the hot springs themselves. Regardless, you’ll really enjoy this hike and you’ll have a chance to see a lot of wildlife and some areas still affected by the Yellowstone fires of 1988. Runtime is 9 minutes, 30 seconds.
Cheoah Bald at 5062 feet is the northern terminus of the Bartram Trail and it shares the summit with the Appalachian Trail. The views from here are spectacular from a grassy meadow that looks south over the Nantahala Gorge and from a small clearing that looks north to the Smoky Mountains. We hiked a thirty mile route over Cheoah Bald that included ascents of Wayah and Wesser Balds. The route climbs over 3000 feet from the Nantahala Outdoor Center (N.O.C.) to Cheoah Bald and it is a long and challenging ascent. We finished this shuttle hike by descending Cheoah on the Bartram Trail for five miles to U.S. 19. Runtime is 3 minutes, 59 seconds.
The Chilkoot Trail is a walk back in time. It follows the trail that the stampeders used to reach the Yukon River and float their provisions to the gold fields of the Klondike over a hundred years ago. Many artifacts from the 1890’s still litter the trail and there is great diversity along the way: swamps, deserts, snowy mountain passes, lush canyons, and alpine lakes. The 33+ miles of trail take the backpacker across Alaska and into the Yukon Territory via the Chilkoot Pass. The hiker eventually winds their way down into British Columbia and completes the journey at Lake Bennett via a return trip to Skagway on a historic rail line that is often voted as one of the most scenic in the world. If you are looking for solitude, this trail is not for you since many thru-hikers complete the trek every summer. But if you seek adventure, great scenery, and Klondike history, then you will love the Chilkoot. Runtime is 5 minutes, 50 seconds.
This is the second of two cross-country road trips that I did in my younger years. In 1998, The Ox and I drove across the U.S. and Canada and spent 38 days exploring the Rockies, Cascades, and Pacific Northwest. This is a video slide show of the journey and it covers the interior of the U.S. that we missed two years earlier. We also dip in to Canada for a few weeks (to Alberta and British Columbia) which provided some of the best scenery of the trip. Runtime is 8 minutes, 37 seconds.
This is the first of two cross-country road trips I did in my younger years. In 1996, Mackie and I drove 17,000 miles and hit all four corners of the U.S. on a road trip that took us across the U.S. and Canada and spanned 65 days for me and 38 days for Mackie. This is a video slide show of the journey. 20 years later – this was one of the most memorable summers of my life. We are fortunate to live in a country with so many great places to see, and the best part is that you don’t need a lot of money to do it. You just need the time … or to make the time! Runtime is 6 minutes, 6 seconds.
The route we chose through Zones 31 and 32 was a brutal one. We crossed one canyon, two mountain ranges and forded the Toklat Rivers frequently on the last day of the hike. The scenery however, was spectacular, and we saw more wildlife on this trip than I have ever seen in over twenty years of backpacking. If you are up to the challenge, and in great physical shape, consider this hike. Runtime is 3 minutes, 58 seconds.
The Appalachian Trail is a 2164 mile footpath that runs along the Appalachian Mountains from Maine to Georgia. The trail’s northern terminus is in Central Maine in Baxter State Park at Mt. Katahdin. The southern terminus is in North Georgia in the Chattahooche National Forest at Springer Mountain. The Appalachian Trail (or AT as it is often called) crosses 14 states, 8 national forests, 6 units of the national park system, and 60 state park, forest, or game lands. It was the first footpath to be designated by Congress as a National Scenic Trail in 1968. Runtime is 38 minutes, 50 seconds.
Here’s a brief recap of a trip to Rogerson’s at Smoky Lake in honor of Roy Melick who logged nearly 20 years of fishing trips with my family. On this trip we do some fishing, have a shore lunch (complete with fried fish, beans, and spaghetti) and need two planes to haul our crew and gear out. We depart through morning fog that is streaked with sunlight – which makes for some great footy. Runtime is 4 minutes, 51 seconds.