Planning Your Trip? Add a Hike!

Hello! I’m Ronnie, a guest blogger, here to highlight a few adventure spots as it gets closer to my favorite time of the year and warmer weather. Featured below are three hikes that offer unique experiences for either the beginner or the veteran hiker this spring and summer.

1) Most people don’t think of Pennsylvania when they think of trekking in the great outdoors. One of our recent books, Rail-Trails Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, brings to light railroads that have become trails in the Northeast. One of the trails highlighted is the Allegheny River Trail, a 32 mile, paved trek that is perfect for multiple forms of travel. Whether walking, cycling, inline skating, horseback riding, or even cross country skiing, this trail offers picturesque views of the Allegheny River and local wildlife. This trail also offers wheelchair access and fishing spots that make it perfect for a family vacation. If you are planning on visiting, check in with the Allegheny River Trail Association for updates on trail conditions.

2) On the other side of the country, author Tom Courtney offers multi-day hikes that vary in difficulty in his book Walkabout Northern California. Each hike takes you to an inn at the end of the day to enjoy the evening before setting out for the next part of the hike. The popular Mendocino Coast hike is a two-day, romantic hike that totals 14.1 miles from Albion to Little River on the first day and from Little River to Mendocino on the second day. The author even suggests taking an extra day or two to wander the coast. Along the way, stop at the Albion River Inn, Little River Inn, or Mendocino Hotel and Garden Suites to enjoy an evening of relaxation or even a massage.

3) Going to Maui on vacation and need one more idea? Perfect! Author Sara Benson’s newest publication, Top Trails: Maui, is a must-have for day treks. The short Ohai Trail is a seldom-traversed hike that is often overlooked by those stopping to take advantage of the view that’s offered. The 1.3 mile hike is a mixture of dirt, grass, and paved trail that forms a semi-loop going past the West Maui Forest Reserve. The hike takes approximately 30-45 minutes to traverse with low difficulty that makes it ideal for a family visit. To find out more about guided hikes, check out the calendar for the Maui group of the Hawaii chapter of the Sierra Club.

Tanya Twerdowsky

I am a Jersey girl living in Alabama who loves to run far and eat lots.

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