• New Going-to-the-Sun Road Driving & Biking Guide now for sale!

    New Going-to-the-Sun Road Driving & Biking Guide now for sale!

    I received a fateful email in July of 2022 from a Hike 734 follower named Yolanda in reply to a newsletter I’d sent out. She explained to me that she used my Going-to-the-Sun Road Driving Guide when she biked the road in the springtime. Her suggestion of adding spring biking information to it was such…

  • The Clowny Ducks

    The Clowny Ducks

    “I’ve got two ducks” cracked the radio. “I’m on my way” I replied back to Ava. We were leapfrogging each other as we worked up McDonald Creek to always have eyes on the water as we surveyed up for this small, charismatic Harlequin Duck. Each spring, the ducks begin their unique west-to-east migration from the…

  • Trailhead Warm-up

    Trailhead Warm-up

    Primed for Adventure A scenic drive coupled with your thermos of coffee or matcha might be all you need to awaken your senses and build excitement and energy for your planned hiking adventure. However, you mustn’t overlook the benefits and value of a quick trailhead warm-up. Perhaps you’ve never considered a dedicated warm-up prior to…

  • Apgar Lookout Spring 2024

    Apgar Lookout Spring 2024

    With the trail being on a south-facing slope, Apgar Lookout is the easiest way to get some elevation in Glacier National Park in the spring. The forecast called for a bluebird day, so we packed our lunches and hit the trail for a lovely spring warmup. Even if Going-to-the-Sun Road was open all the way…

  • How to Prepare for Mountain Hiking (Especially if you live in flatland!)

    How to Prepare for Mountain Hiking (Especially if you live in flatland!)

    Preparing for Mountain Hiking Living in a flatland area doesn’t necessarily put you at a disadvantage when it comes to preparing for mountainous hiking. However, it may require a bit more creativity with your workouts to ensure that your body is ready for the demands of steeper trails and elevation changes. The workout focus and…

  • Big Meadows, Granite Falls, and Haynach Lakes

    Big Meadows, Granite Falls, and Haynach Lakes

    The short hike to Big Meadows offers great birding, wonderful wildflowers, and a chance to see moose. Further on, the waters of Tonahutu Creek spill over the granite as the lovely Granite Falls. Further still, greater effort leads to the solitude of Haynach Lakes where a pristine lake full of trout sits below rugged mountains…

  • Big Prairie Ski 2024

    Big Prairie Ski 2024

    Crisp air, fresh snow and endless blue skies were the perfect excuse to head up to the North Fork area of Glacier National Park and ski up to Big Prairie for a lovely Valentine’s Day. This past summer I drove up the Inside North Fork Road towards Kintla Lake to do a survey for Glacier’s…

  • Endurance vs Strength

    Endurance vs Strength

    Endurance vs Strength: What’s Most Important for the Trail? You want to get in shape for hiking, but you’re wondering, “What’s most important for the trail… exercises to build endurance or strength?” When training for a specific sport or activity it’s common to think… “What exercise is most important?”“Where should my primary focus be?”“How should…

  • How to build & maintain muscle at any age

    How to build & maintain muscle at any age

    Why is muscle important? Maintaining muscle as we age has less to do with the “beach-bodies” we desired in our 20s and more about the implications it has on our health, function, abilities, and independence as we get older. Muscles power ALL your activities from daily tasks of living to hiking your favorite trails. Less…