Ted Johnson is the hiking columnist for The Daily Courier.
Occasionally, I like to explore hikes beyond our borders. Consequently, I had to add Big Bend National Park to my list of must see wildlands and thanks to Robert and Martha Manning, they offer a worthwhile discussion of this park in their latest book, “Walks of a Lifetime in America’s National Parks.”
Continuing from my last column, the south portion of the Beaver Dam Mountains Wilderness is much less vertical than the north unit. Having done my share of scrambling up and down cliffs the previous couple of days, I decided to approach the south unit differently.
The most remote corner of Arizona, Beaver Dam Mountains Wilderness, lies between the Virgin River and Interstate 15 and the Utah-Arizona state line.
Thanks to Robert and Martha Manning, we have one of the finest guide books to hiking in the National Parks, Walks of a Lifetime in America’s National Parks....
The latest book by Robert and Martha Manning, Walks of a Lifetime in America’s National Parks, focuses on the best of the best in America’s natural landscape. People have told me about their vacations to this or that city. I could never imagine a vacation like that.
The “top” of Yavapai County is cool, but not cool enough. Finding the coolest hiking destination in Arizona means going even higher, all the way to the top of Arizona, Humphrey’s Peak north of Flagstaff.
Though a native of Arizona with dozens of summers under my belt, the heat this year and the lack of rain has fried my brains, so to speak. What to do?
Approaching the trailhead on County Road 177, Jimmy suggested we start hiking from a wide spot in the road, on a ridge half a mile above the closest starting point, a small canyon where the trailhead for Trail 9434 is found.
When invited to go on a hike with someone you have never hiked with, at a location you’ve never been to, what do you ask? What do you want to know about this hike? What do you know or want to know about the hiker?