Thursday, December 30, 2010

Favorite Hikes and Outdoor Destinations: 2010

This last year provided many opportunities for walking on dirt under open skies. In addition to the list below, there were a few neighborhood open space park hikes that were quite nice, but certainly this list is of the best hikes taken in 2010. The list is alphabetical as it would be difficult to rank them by preference as each had something special to offer.

· Blue Ridge Parkway; Graveyard Fields Trail, North Carolina

· Bryce Canyon National Park; Queen’s Garden Loop, Utah

· San Juan Capistrano- Caspers Wilderness Park; Oak Canyon Loop, California

· Chino Hills State Park; Skully Ridge to Lower Aliso Trail, California

· Columbia River Gorge; Gorge Trail Loop, Oregon

· Crater Lake, Oregon

· Daley Ranch; Circumvent Loop, Boulder Loop (and others), California

· Dry Tortugas National Park; Fort Jefferson Walkabout, Florida

· Humbolt Redwoods; Boy Scout Loop Trail, California

· Indio- Mecca Hills; Split Rock and Ladder Canyon Trails, California

· Joshua Tree National Park; Hidden Valley, Barker Dam and Lost Palms Oasis Trails, California

· Laguna Coast Wilderness; Laurel Canyon Loop, California

· Prescott- Granite Dells; Peavine Trail, Arizona

· San Diego- Mission Trails; Oak Creek/Grasslands Loop and Cowles Peak Trails, California

· San Luis Obispo; Johnson Ranch Loop, Cerro Cabrillo Peak and Bishop Peak Trails, California

· Sequoia National Park; Tokopah Falls and Weaver Lake Trails, California

· Zion National Park; Kolob Canyon-Middle Fork Taylor Creek Trail, Utah

· Zion National Park; Narrows and Observation Point Trails, Utah

Looking forward to 2011 and those trails yet to tread as well as much loved favorites.