The Casual Hiker™

Trails, Tips, & Other Topics

What is a Casual Hiker? February 10, 2013

(top to bottom): Blanche Lake, Timpanogos, Dog Lake (Millcreek Canyon), Catherine’s Pass from Albion Basin, American Fork Canyon

(top to bottom): Blanche Lake, Timpanogos, Dog Lake (Millcreek Canyon), Catherine’s Pass from Albion Basin, American Fork Canyon

This blog is for you…

if you’re a casual “athlete” like myself. When I hit the trails, I meander and dawdle, pausing to smell the flowers and photograph the stunning panoramic views, and then reward myself with a granola bar when I reach the mountain top. No one would accuse me of being a hard-charging mountain goat.

When you’re a casual hiker, you set the bar. A plethora of reasons beckon all types of hikers—all ages and fitness levels. You don’t need to be a specimen of perfect health or fitness. I’m certainly not. I have a bad lower back, bum knees, and a foot and ankle that bore the weight of a dropped 800cc motorcycle, which—three surgeries later—can only flex a few degrees.

So don’t be deterred by love handles and aging joints. It’s beautiful outside, and hiking (and snowshoeing when the white stuff hits) is fun. If you’re interested in the exercise angle, you’ll discover hiking to be a lot more interesting than an hour on an elliptical machine. And when you reach the mountain top, you’ve earned bragging rights.

Start out easy. Go at your own pace. Stop and enjoy the scenery. It isn’t a race.

I hope this blog offers something for you: easy hikes, butt-kicking hikes, picnic destinations, panoramic views, wildlife watching, wild flower extravaganzas, waterfalls, and dog-friendly trails.

Explore our beautiful state. You won’t need to travel far.

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