Travel Guides

Not all those who wander are lost - J.R. Tolkien

West Coast National Parks

What you see in the following galleries and guides are the photos and hikes that I took on my 4 ½ week road trip in July of 2009. One of my best friends and I visited 12 National Parks and 1 State Park in a hiking trip that we will never forget. We drove over 5,600 miles through 7 states (Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming) using 281.5 gallons of gas to get us there. In the end, we hiked over 210 miles or on average 8 miles per day if we hiked the entire time, which we didn’t. Our longest hike was a little over 26 miles in a day which ended up being 13 hours on the trail in Grand Teton. Our hardest hike was Long’s Peak in Rocky Mt. which has a summit of 14,259 feet. Our most ridiculous hike in terms of completion time was the 18 mile Grand Canyon Trail, which we completed (hiking down from South Kaibab to Bright Angel Campground/Colorado River at the bottom, back up to the top via Bright Angel) in 6 hours and 30 minutes, with breaks of approximately one hour. Below are the individual guides for each park.


My hope with this guide is to help you plan a similarly spectacular Kilimanjaro experience for yourself. It was a fantastic physical and mental challenge that will push you to your limits. If you are looking for a once in a lifetime experience, I highly recommend it. If you have any questions about the trip or logistics, get in touch!