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Ted Johnson, Courier Columnist

Ted Johnson is the hiking columnist for The Daily Courier.

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Johnson: Quick trip up Guadalupe Peak in Texas offers fresh scenery

Hiking Arizona

Remember John Denver singing, “Leaving on a jet plane …?” I can count the number of times I’ve traveled to a hike via a jet plane on one hand. Perhaps you’ve done so more often. It comes down to what you have more of, time or money.

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Johnson: Headlamps off: Natural light can guide you on a night hike

Hiking Arizona

Things go bump in the night, right? Perhaps that’s why headlamps were much in use when I got to the trailhead at 5 a.m.

Johnson: Hiking trails in the fall a favorite activity for many

Hiking Arizona

Fall, for many is their favorite time of year. Hiking where fall colors are on display in grand style, such as in the vicinity of Mt. Elbert, Colorado, is unforgettable. On my first trip there, I thought I was being given a glimpse of heaven.

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Johnson: A hike to keep you busy this fall: Hesperus Mountain

Hiking Arizona

First impressions of Hesperus Mountain, Colorado, are powerful. The first thing I thought when I spotted Hesperus for the first time was that it was the most beautiful mountain I had ever seen. I will never forget its contrasting bands of color, its perfect shape, its setting with a clear blue sky, patches of snow and wildflowers.

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Johnson: New Mexico’s high point is Wheeler Peak

Hiking Arizona

This is my favorite alpine hike. First, it is an excellent training hike for more serious alpine treks such as Mt. Whitney. ...

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Johnson: Hiking Colorado’s Cross Mountain

Hiking Arizona

I feel a change in the weather coming, signaling the end of summer. However, autumn is still many weeks away, especially across the Southwest.

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Johnson: Making our way through Wheeler Peak

Hiking Arizona

I thought, “Nobody likes a quitter,” when Mark told me he was quitting. I yelled into his face, “You can do this,” knowing we only had a quarter of a mile to go to reach the summit. Sure the winds were howling and visibility was zero, but when the goin’ gets tough, the tough get going’, right? Mark was ill-equipped for the hike.

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Johnson: Exploring Weatherford Loop, be prepared

Hiking Arizona

Hiking beyond timberline involves a greater probability of exposure to high winds, heavy rain, lightning and snow any time.

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Johnson: Hiking to the Top of Yavapai County: Mt. Union, elevation 7,979 feet

HIking Arizona

It’s not that easy to hike above 7,000 feet in elevation within Yavapai County.

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Johnson: High Line Trail near Payson potential classic in Arizona

Hiking Arizona

If you were to nominate any of the many trails in Arizona as a potential classic, the High Line Trail would have to be high on the list.

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