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Turquoise blue lake surrounded by brown gravel at the South Sister Summit
Hiking Oregon

South Sister Summit: Challenging (But Worth It!) Hike in Bend, OR

The South Sister Summit has a reputation that proceeds it. Is it worth the challenge? That’s the question we were looking to answer when we landed our South Sister Trail permit. The hike up South Sister Summit is steep and scrambly from the moment you set foot on the trail. Though my hiking crew exchanged …

Brown jagged peaks of the Broken Top Summit
Backpacking Hiking Oregon

Broken Top Hike: Summiting Broken Top via Green Lakes Trail

Summiting Broken Top is absolutely epic. It’s spellbinding in itself to drive around Bend, Oregon, admiring the Cascade Mountain Range from the ground, but it’s a completely different, intoxicating experience to witness the mountains from the summit of Broken Top. The Broken Top hike is rugged, challenging, stunning, and above all, an adventure for the …

Two hikers follow Green Lakes Trail along a lake with Broken Top Mountain in the distance
Backpacking Hiking Oregon

Green Lakes Trail: Stunning Hike in Bend, Oregon

Green Lakes Trail is the best hike near Bend, Oregon if you ask me. Not only is the trail itself enchanting, but it’s the perfect launching point for those looking to summit nearby South Sister or Broken Top — both must-do hikes in Bend. Green Lakes Trail takes hikers past several waterfalls, through dense forest, …

Towering red and orange rock surrounding Mouse's Tank Road in the Valley of Fire
Hiking Nevada

10 Epic Valley of Fire Hikes You Can’t-Miss

Nestled in the heart of the Mojave Desert lies several very highly underrated Valley of Fire hikes you can’t miss. The Valley of Fire State Park boasts awe-inspiring red sandstone formations, ancient petroglyphs, and breathtaking vistas making the park a hiker’s playground. While the State Park doesn’t receive nearly the attention of other U.S. Southwest …

Red and orange walls of the Wire Pass slot canyon
Hiking Utah

Wire Pass to Buckskin Gulch: Epic Slot Canyon Trail in Utah

If you’re looking for the ultimate slot canyon experience in Utah, then Wire Pass to Buckskin Gulch Trail is the trail for you. While places like Antelope Canyon and the Narrows receive all of the attention, Wire Pass to Buckskin Gulch Trail offers a similar spellbinding experience, without the hassle and crowds. Hiking the Wire …

Red and orange rocks of the Grand Canyon from the South Kaibab Trail
Arizona Hiking

Day Hiking South Kaibab Trail to Bright Angel: The Best Hike in the Grand Canyon

Hiking South Kaibab Trail to Bright Angel is one of my favorite hikes to date, and honestly, one I can’t wait to do again. It’s one thing to visit the Grand Canyon and take in its grandeur from the top. It’s entirely a different experience to hike to the base of the canyon and fully …

A panoramic view of the teal blue ocean lining the road on the westside of O'ahu
Hawai'i Hiking

4 Can’t-Miss Pillbox Hikes on O’ahu

Thanks to their short distances, panoramic views, and level of accessibility, the pillbox hikes on O’ahu are popular among both locals and visitors. There are four main pillbox hikes on O’ahu: Lanikai Pillbox, Maili Pillbox, Ehukai Pillbox, and Pu’u Ma’eli’eli Pillbox. These trails are not as adventurous as more challenging routes such as Moanalua Valley …