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Kananaskis Hikes: Opal Ridge South

If you're looking for Kananaskis hikes that deliver big time on mountain views be sure to include the steep hike up Opal Ridge South. The hike is full of surprises - the good kind - especially after you get through a steep, rather nasty section of scree. The route up Opal Ridge South Start at the north end of the parking lot at the gas station across from the Fortress Mountain turn-off on Highway 40.…

The Top of the Giant Hike in Northwest Ontario

The Top of the Giant hike in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park rewards those who make the 12 kilometre one way trek with outstanding views over Lake Superior. Despite its considerable length, there is only 290 metres (961 feet) of elevation gain and the first eight kilometres of the hike are dead flat so you can cover a lot of ground quickly. The day we did the Top of the Giant hike did not look promising.…

Hiking in Mallorca from Soller to Alaro

Our second to last day of hiking in Mallorca took us from Soller to Alaro but we cheated as most people do and started the day with a taxi ride to the Cúber Reservoir. We did that for two reasons. The day before had been a "rest day" so we had already hiked a couple of hours on the route to the reservoir and the thought of repeating the route - despite it being very…

5 Early Season Mountain Hikes near Calgary

We're lucky in Calgary as we're spoiled for choice when it comes to early season hikes. I've chosen five mountain hikes that are all within a 90 minute drive of the city. The Hike to Castle Mountain Lookout If you've got 3 - 3.5 hours for a hike then do the one up to Castle Mountain Lookout in Banff National Park for its great views up and down the length of the Bow Valley. On clear…

Hiking the GR221: Estellencs to Valldemossa

The second and third days of our hike on the GR221 in Mallorca were easy half-day hikes so I've combined the two of them in this blog. Strong hikers should have no difficulty doing the full distance in one longer day. On the first day we hiked from Estellencs to Banyalbufar 9.75 kilometres with a total elevation gain of just 340 metres. It took us approximately 2.5 hours to do it. The hike was easy…

The Heart Mountain Hike near Canmore

With fickle spring weather, John and I have had a hard time finding a day on a weekend to do the hike up Heart Mountain. This past Saturday the weather Gods finally provided the window to do it. The Heart Mountain hike near Canmore is 2.8 kilometres one way with an elevation gain of 745 metres (2,450 feet). It's nothing but up until you reach the summit. It took us just over four hours return including time…

Courthouse Butte – The Best Hike in Sedona

Sedona, famous for its gorgeous red rock buttes and pine forest, was our destination for part of a day on a recent Arizona trip. We'd driven down the narrow, winding Oak Creek Canyon Scenic Drive (one of the top scenic drives in the United States) from Flagstaff and had a half day on our hands to hike. Traffic is bad in Sedona so John and I were both trying to avoid retracing our steps - and…

5 Stunning Hikes You’ll Want to do Along the Icefields Parkway

Not only is Alberta's Icefields Parkway a spectacular stretch of road to drive, it offers quick access to world-class hikes (and backpacking trips) with most trailheads immediately beside the highway. Over its 232 kilometres (the distance between Lake Louise and Jasper) there are roughly 30 hikes or backpacking trips you can do. All are in either Banff or Jasper National Park. Here are five stunning hikes all of which could be done as a family, perhaps with a little…

Mountains and Stunning Views on the Hike to Buller Pass

If you're looking for a hike that takes only four hours and delivers stunning mountain views then you would do well to choose the moderate hike to Buller Pass in Kananaskis Country. From your perch at the pass you can see down to the Ribbon Lake (where you can camp with a permit) and over to Guinn Pass. From Guinn Pass you can hike down to the Galatea Lakes and out to Highway 40. Look in…

Hiking the Chief in Squamish

Stawamus Chief is an impressive piece of rock. It rises 541 metres (1,774 feet) above the Howe Sound waters and stands like a sentinel above the town of Squamish. It is the second largest hunk of granite in the world. The largest is the Rock of Gibralter off the coast of Spain. Hiking the Chief is one of the best way to experience this massive rock - and it's far easier than it looks from…

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