Trees of Red

This eerie looking path full of trees covered in red ribbons is actually a forest full of hopes and dreams. This path is a part of Tianmen Mountain in China. Tianmen is a holy mountain to the Chinese people. In the Chinese culture the color red represents happiness or jubilation. They write their wishes on…

Lush Path

This is the lush and rugged Routeburn Track in New Zealand. Specifically this is on the Milford side of the “Great Walk” through the dense Southern Beech trees. I love trails like this. A rocky narrow trail that is well-worn and yet nature encroaches on all sides. I am a naturalist when it comes to my…

Devil's Vertigo

This vertigo-inducing staircase is how the ranger of the Devil’s Head Lookout Tower makes his way daily. The tower is the last remaining of the original seven lookouts on Colorado’s front range. The 1.4 mile trail up to the tower is actually a fairly easy jaunt as Colorado hiking trails go. The staircase looks daunting,…

Clear Creek Cascade

This is the Clear Creek flowing down from Clear Lake in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. Some might call this a waterfall, but technically the water never falls. It cascades down the large rock face. This viewpoint can be accessed by a short side excursion from the Ice Lake Basin trail. It is located about a third of…

Dragon’s Steps

As you near the terminus for the Dragon’s Back trail, near Big Wave Beach in Hong Kong, you will find yourself on this steep staircase surrounded by lush vegetation. It is an odd place. It’s only a 30 minute drive from one of the world’s most densely populated cities and yet it feels so far removed that…

Double O

This is Double O Arch, so named because of the two arches stacked one on top of the other within the same rock fin. The top arch is obviously the larger of the two and has a 70′ wide opening. The lower one is substantially smaller, but you can relatively easily climb through the lower archway’s opening….

Delicate Reflection

I wrote last month about how much I like the hike to Delicate Arch inside Arches National Park. The angle seen here is a bit harder to capture. A thunderstorm rolled through and caused my wife and I too have to abandon our first attempt to make it up the trail, but it was a blessing in disguise….

Zhangjiajie Path

This is a rain covered pathway in China’s Zhangjiajie National Park. As you can see, the moss grows on everything (the stairs, the rock walls, and even the railings). Zhangjiajie is a beautiful green wilderness where the wildlife, rushing water, and epic rock formations make for some amazing nature hikes.