Best Places to Hike In Vermont

Vermont is one of the most beautiful places in the United States and if you are looking to explore this state then hiking is a great way to do it. There are so many hiking trials throughout Vermont that it can be hard to decide which one you are going to try out first. Some of the best places to hike in Vermont are listed below..

Smugglers Notch State Park  

There are a number of different trails that can be hiked along in the state park which makes it a good place to visit if you want to try some trails of varying difficulties. You are able to camp in the park which means you can spend a few days here exploring the different trials.

Cooley Glen – Emily Proctor Loop Trail  

This is quite a strenuous trail that is 13 miles in length. Some people to choose to do this in one day but there are places you can camp overnight if you would rather do it over two days. The trial will take you over both Mount Roosevelt and Mount Wilson.

Hinesburg Town Forest  

Hinesburg Town Forest is located in the foothills of the Green Mountains and so the trails here are a good choice for beginner and intermediate hikers as they are not that steep. One of the most popular trials in the forest is the Eagle Trail which takes you in a circular loop through the forest.

Fairfax Falls  

This is a five mile trail that is ideal for beginners. As you make your way around the trail you will get some fantastic views of the Fairfax Falls and you should definitely remember to take your camera with you. The best time of the year to visit this trail is between May and October when the weather will be more favorable.

The Ultimate Hike and Snorkel Adventure: The Island of Kauai in Hawaii

Most people don’t think about hiking and snorkeling in the same breath.  They’re usually two different things that need to be done in two separate locations.

Not if you live in Hawaii, though.

There are probably hundreds of good spots to snorkel in the State of Hawaii that takes a little bit of a hike to get to.  However, if you’re looking for a decent “through” hike and a snorkel adventure at the same time, then hiking the Napali Coast on Kauai is your dream destination.

A couple of our friends are doing this trek in a few weeks and they laid out a little bit of what they’ll be doing.

Kalalau Trail

This is an 11 mile hike one way that ends at a beach called Kalalau where they’ll be snorkeling for a day and then heading back after spending two night.  (So, one day in, camp, snorkel the next day, camp…and then turn around the 2nd morning.

This isn’t a “tourist hike”, either.  (that’s what we call walks that are billed as “hikes” for tourism and marketing purposes.  This is an ACTUAL hike.

The challenge of the Kalalau Trail is not without some serious dangers and the trail will play upon your body and mind.

The trail literally tracks along uneven cliffs with sheer drops.

Why Snorkel and Hike?

Our friends seem to be the kind of couple that doesn’t just want to camp and enjoy the rest after a long hike…they want more adventure on the “other side of the curtain” (as they call it).  They’re not adrenaline junkies but they are “experience junkies”.  LOL  They hate when we call them that.

And, yes, carrying extra gear into an area just adds to the toll on the body and mind.

What to Pack?

We asked them and they said, “Everything you need for a through hike PLUS snorkel gear”.  Okay, wiseguys…well, we know what kind of hiking stuff you need but where did you get any idea on the type of snorkel gear that’ll be best?

They told us about a page that has a great snorkel gear buying guide and you’ll notice that the page even has a subject that covers travel sized snorkel fins…which is what our friends opted for.  Other than that, they said full face snorkels masks, fins, towels, and mask defogger.  They both know how to swim but they also got inflatable snorkel vests so they could do more relaxing on the water than physical exertion since the hike is going to take a lot of out of them.

Conclusion:

We can’t wait to hear the stories and see the pics and videos that come out this trip they have planned.  We wish them a great and safe trip to Hawaii to snorkel and hike the Napali Coast.  We’ll be sure to post an update once they’re back from their trip.

Tips for Choosing a Hiking Site

Are you planning a hiking trip? If so then it’s important to consider various issues to make sure you’re picking the best location for your journey. There are different points you could take up but here are some of the most important ones:

Rating

This rating system refers to the Yosemite Decimal System. It’s one way to classify hikes/climbs easily. It was originally known as the “Sierra Club” grading system. However, it’s often used now among many rock climbers as well as mountaineers.

The majority of hikes are in Class 1 or Class 2. On the other hand, Class 3 and higher involves climbing or scrambling. In that case, you’ll need to use your hands to maintain your balance.

When you select your hike, remember that Class 2 is a very broad category. So it’s better to read route descriptions very carefully to figure out if the Class 2 parts of your hike are reasonable for you to complete.  Here are descriptions of the different categories:

Class 1: Easy hiking with little elevation gain and not many obstacles.

Class2: More strenuous hiking. Some if it could be off-trail and might require putting hands down sometimes to maintain your balance.

Class 3: Un-roped or scrambling climbing

Class 4: Climbing using a rope

Class 5: Technical climbing



Fitness Level

You should be honest in considering your fitness level. For example, do you have any health issues including ankle or joint issues? Do you have asthma, allergies or heart problems? It’s a good idea to talk with your doctor before you go on your trip. He/She can provide any feedback if you need to take any precautions.


Talk a walk in the walk

When you hike, it doesn’t have to be on a huge mountain. There are also short trails at local parks. You can find a list of parks from your city or town at the parks department. It can provide you a list of trails close to your home.

After you’ve mastered the local parks, you could then move up to state or local parks. Make sure that you follow the right safety tips and bring the right equipment. This will help to maximize the effectiveness of your trip.


Difficulty

This is one of the most important issues to consider when you pick hiking trails. There are many different factors including the distance, terrain, elevation, and so on. It’s advisable to choose a path that’s going to be somewhat challenging but not too much so. For example, you could pick a short trail that’s with a slightly steeper elevation or a longer path with a level elevation.

There’s no right or wrong option when considering this matter. Just make sure that the trail is challenging enough to make the hike interesting, but not too much so that you’ll get exhausted or frustrated.


Easy Hikes

You should even try some easy hikes on your own. These should be on natural terrain so there would be minimal chance of injuries happening. You can find a list of ideal locations for these hikes from your city or town.


Hiking Companion

You should also consider whether or not you need a hiking companion. As a general rule, you should always hike with a partner in case there’s an emergency, and someone has to get help. Not only that but it can be more enjoyable as well when you have someone with you on the trails.

You can find some new fellow hikers through various sources. They include social groups, mountain hiking classes, and other sources. You can also join friends and family since you already know them fairly well, which will make it easier.