Ted Johnson

Ted Johnson is the hiking columnist for The Daily Courier.

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Column: Likeable hikes, starting with Cedar Breaks and Buckskin Gulch

'Hiking Arizona'

What’s your favorite hike,” asked the young man as we walked down the trail. This is a common approach to identifying potentially likeable hikes, yet how can my favorite hike become your favorite hike?

Column: Borderland hiking at Miller Peak

'Hiking Arizona'

Our borderlands offer some of the best hiking anywhere with rugged canyons and challenging peaks.

Column: Long distance hiking, the Black Canyon Trail

'Hiking Arizona'

In the book, “Walking Distance: Extraordinary Hikes for Ordinary People” by Robert and Martha Manning, we find a wealth of information and encouragement to “hit the trail.”

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Column: Off the beaten path, ‘see the world in a grain of sand’

'Hiking Arizona'

She asked, “How do you decide where to hike next?” As Robert Frost wrote, “The path less traveled.”

Column: Secret’s out, hiking off the beaten path in autumn

'Hiking Arizona'

Talking to a newcomer to Arizona about ideas for hiking destinations, she expressed a preference for hiking “off the beaten path.” I understand her dilemma, “Where can I hike without running into hordes of people, yet hike somewhere that’s notable?”

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Column: Urban or rural trail, take this one to the summit

'Hiking Arizona'

Confession is good for the soul. As a hiker, I try to start off on the right foot.

Column: Who’s your hiking buddy, part 2?

'Hiking Arizona'

Feedback from my last column included the question I always get from women about hiking solo: “How can I feel safe hiking solo?” My usual answer is, “Hike with a gun or a big dog.”

Column: Who’s your hiking buddy?

'Hiking Arizona'

The radio announcer said, “Wherever you are hanging out today, on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc., we’d love to connect with you.” Hiking is not like that. It’s a “boots on the ground” shared experience, not a virtual connection.

Column: Something to ponder as you wander

'Hiking Arizona'

Do you ponder as you wander? Or, is hiking for you nothing more than pounding ground to get from point A to point B?

Column: Summertime brings great hikes for kids

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My grandnephew asked if he could get a few days of relief from the heat in Phoenix by spending a few days with me, experiencing some wilderness adventure.

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