Often said to be the tallest mountain in East Asia, at 3952 m climbing Taiwan's Jade Mountain (or Yushan 玉山) is an epic undertaking, even for experienced hikers. The trip takes most hikers two days, although some people do manage to rush to the summit and back in one long (12-14 hour) day. Jade Mountain is a very popular hike and the number of people on the trail is limited, so it's recommended that you apply for a permit far in advance.
Epic backcountry landscapes. Far off the beaten path -- some of them even off the faintly-worn path.
This trail is actually called the Jhuliu Trail, but was dubbed the Vertigo Trail by local expat guide Richard Foster for one long section where the trail is little more than a 1 meter-wide exposed ledge 500 m above the gorge. It's both picturesque and thrilling.
This is not an easy hike. Although it's only 10km in length, there is a steep climb of several hundred meters at the beginning, and a similar descent at the end. You should plan to spend at least four or five hours walking, and must apply for a permit at least a couple of days in advance.
This trip can be arranged through Barking Deer Adventures.
Check out this video to get a feel for this insane hike.
A great view of Mt. Fitz Roy can done as a day hike from the hiking town of El Chalten in Argentina. The trail starts in the woods, passes over streams, and gives ever more amazing vistas as you climb. For the full experience, you can camp at the spot shown in this picture, and then continue from here to other base camps to try to summit. Be warned though that this mountain is considered more technical than Everest, and often only a single person successfully summits in a year (versus maybe 100 on Everest).
hiking through mesquite dunes in death valley is an amazing communion with mother nature. One knows civilization is directly south once out in the middle if dunes, but the feeling of being completely lost is overwhelming among the high dunes and far horizons...
I love mountain biking! I am basically obsessed with the activity, have been racing for half my life, and spend the majority of my disposable income on bike related activities. I would do it every single day if I could and at times I do.
There are a lot of places in the United States that get a lot of hype for mountain biking like Fruita, Colorado and Moab, Utah, and I love visiting these places, but if you live in the south then I would recommend stopping over in Albuquerque, New Mexico on your way out west. Yes, there are some great things about the ABQ besides "Breaking Bad"!
Just outside of Albuquerque is one of the coolest trails I have ever ridden called White Mesa. They call it White Mesa because of the gypsum that makes up most of the trail system. And gypsum makes for a great surface for single-track! Get ready to shred! It is also a paleontological experience because of the...
Although a very popular hike in the Yosemite Valley, the hike past Vernal Falls up the mist trail to Nevada Falls is magical in the Springtime. Personally, I think this is the best spot to stop and have lunch. However, Be sure to check the signs at the bottom since there can be snow at the top which might close down the John Muir trail.
I think this area of the Mt. Tam Watershed is one of Marins best kept secrets.
Take the Bolinas-Fairfax road to get there.
Even in winter, this grassy part of the trail is lovely. It runs along as part of the Coastal Trail high above Stinson Beach.
Always makes for a great run... but in early spring with the wild flowers its ideal. Purple and green vibrate!
Jiuzhaigou Valley (or Jiuzhaigou National Park) is located in Sichuan, China. It is one of the World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This is the longest hiking experience I've ever had - it took me two days to finish every part of the park! However, I have to say, I'm already blessed by the modern road condition - "hardwood floor" type of the pathway that carved/built around the trees.
In the mountain village of Koto, Nepal, there is a path that branches off the legendary 150-mile Annapurna Circuit and passes—ceremoniously, tantalizingly—through a large stone gate. This trail is off-limits, a nearby sign reads, unless you have a registered guide and a special permit.
Luckily, I’ve got both. I proceed through the stone portal with my guide, Ian, and I pause to spin three Buddhist prayer wheels. With this simple gesture, I leave one of the world’s most popular trails (sadly, the Annapurna Circuit is also known as the “Coca-Cola Circuit”) and head north into the Forbidden Valley, also known as the Nar-Phu Valley, a Himalayan region where Western visitors are comparatively few and far between.
I’m traveling with Epic Tomato, a new expedition-focused venture from the U.K.-based travel company Black Tomato. Epic Tomato specializes in getting well-traveled, thrill-seeking...
Jim Smith lake is a nice little lake a short drive from downtown with a large grassy area to hang out on and a small sand (kind of) beach. The lake is quite small (perhaps 1 kilometer long nad 1/2 kilometer wide) with a marshy area full of reeds at one end. Stand-up paddleboards are available from a local shop (the link is below). It's a great way to explore the lake on a sunny day. And, the shop occasionally offers SUP yoga classes, which is an excellent way to get out and get fit in a beautiful natural environment.
This is not a hike for the inexperienced. It takes most people 8 to 10 hours round-trip and climbs 1400m over 5km one-way. It should only be attempted by reasonably fit people.
The path begins on a long steep climb, and then flattens out at a small lake in the bottom of the saddle, before climbing a steep snow and shale covered slope.
The reward is well worth the work. The peak of Mount Fisher is higher than any other within eyeshot, so a sea of Rocky Mountains spreads out below you in varied shades of blue. And, on the way down, you get to slide down the snowy parts on your butt.