Category: Trip Reports

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The Zion Traverse: A bucket-list backpacking trip through Zion National Park

This trip report summarizes my experience completing the Zion Traverse, an increasingly-popular 50-mile backpacking route through one of Utah’s most famous national parks. I hiked from April 18-19, 2019, and was blessed with plentiful springwater due to the high snow fall this past winter. Disclaimer: I hiked 37 miles...

Spring Presidential Traverse

On the morning of Wednesday April 17th, Notch Hostel regular John Pike and myself ventured into the White Mountain’s Presidential Range with the intention of completing a full traverse from Mount Madison to Mount Pierce. This traverse in particular felt very special to me, as it marked my 9th...

Sandwich Dome – 2019-04-06

Destination: Sandwich Dome Trails: Drakes Brook Trail and Sandwich Mountain Trail Hike Date: 2019-04-06   Conditions: Several feet of snow the entire route. Snow was getting soft and I sunk in occasionally with snowshoes on. From the intersection with Smarts Brook to the summit the trail was hard to...

Mt Liberty – 2019-03-24

Destination: Mt Liberty Trails: Liberty Spring Tr Hike Date: 2019-03-24   Conditions: Oh man the snow is beautiful right now. Several feet of mostly packed powder. The trail is mostly smooth going with just a couple of post holes. Equipment: We use snowshoes from car to car. Trail Maintenance:...

Sandwich – 2019-03-17

Destination: Sandwich Trails: Sandwich Mountain Trail and Drakes Brook Trail Hike Date: 2019-03-17   Conditions: The trail is well-packed and solid. The stream crossings were bridged with snow. A few duck-unders along the way. Equipment: Snowshoes on the way up (mostly for the heel lifts) and spikes on the...

Peak Above the Nubble – 2019-03-10

Destination: Peak Above the Nubble Trails: Haystack Road and Bushwhack Hike Date: 2019-03-10   Conditions: The entire route has good snow cover. Haystack Road was well packed by snowmobile and foot traffic and the bushwack was well packed by foot traffic the past two days. Equipment: Bare-booted Haystack Road...

Tom, Field, Willey – 2019-02-23

Destination: Tom, Field, Willey Trails: Avalon Trail Hike Date: 2019-02-23   Conditions:It was a bluebird day with trails already broken out (for the most part). Many of us were in traction of sorts (either micro’s or crampons). Some opted for snowshoes. The trail conditions were appropriate for any. Parking...

Hedgehog Ridge (Deering) – 2019-03-03

Destination: Hedgehog Ridge (Deering NH) Trails: Hedgehog Ridge Trail Hike Date: 2019-03-03   Conditions: Less than a foot of snow, and mostly packed out. Some of us used microspikes. Some bare booted it. Equipment: Microspikes optional. Parking & Road Access: Parking at the Hedgehog end is plowed out. Park...

Moosilauke – 2019-03-03

Destination: Moosilauke Trails: Glencliff Trail (AT) Hike Date: 2019-03-03   Conditions: Trail was well-packed, some loose powdery snow on top of the pack above treeline. Equipment: Barebooted the whole way. Comments: No winds and sunny skies made for a fun 45 minute summit hang and photoshoot. Thanks @groundbird_gear for...

Vose Spur – 2019-03-02

Destination: Vose Spur Trails: Sawyer River Road Hike Date: 2019-03-02   Conditions: The road appeared to be groomed and we were able to bare boot the entire length. The Carrigain Notch Trail was well packed and we were able to bare boot the first 1/2 – 3/4 of mile....