Kanaha, Maui, Hawaii

Kanaha, Maui, Hawaii

For those that want to spend some time engaged in water sports in Hawaii, Kanaha on Maui’s North Shore is a great option.  Apart from the incredible trade winds that create world class conditions for windsurfing and kiteboarding, the beaches are spectacular and offer outdoor showers, public restrooms, picnic tables and lightly populated beaches. I would recommend this area for those beginners looking to enjoy some kitesurfing on their trip.  While this sport offers a steep learning curve, once you…

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Bamboo Hike On Maui, Hawaii

Bamboo Hike On Maui, Hawaii

If you are looking for a break from the beach and on the lookout for some adventure, the Hana Highway on Maui, Hawaii is an incredible spot to visit and offers far more than just sightseeing.  Apart from the fact that you experience a very authentic Hawaii in this area, you will have a chance to take a respite from the tourist crowds as well.  I recommend the bamboo hike, which is sometimes mistakenly referred to as the “Commando Hike”….

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Riverview Walkway Trail, Ogden Botanical Gardens, and Dinosaur Park, Ogden, Utah.

Riverview Walkway Trail, Ogden Botanical Gardens, and Dinosaur Park, Ogden, Utah.

There are some great outdoor hikes and activities directly in Ogden, Utah that offer quite a bit of family fun.  In particular, these include the Riverview Walkway Trail, the Ogden Botanical Garden and Dinosaur Park.  Due to the fact that these are all within direct walking distance of one another, it is easy to enjoy all of these attractions in a single morning or afternoon.  My suggestions would be to park in the parking lot for the Ogden Botanical Gardens…

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Ogden Trail Network: Malan’s Basin

Ogden Trail Network: Malan’s Basin

n my view the most stunning portion of the hike to Malan’s Basin, is stopping at the summit of Malan’s Peak.  The peak provides majestic and panoramic views and is the true reward for making the 2000 ft elevation uphill charge.  However, for those interested in the history I would also suggest Malan’s Basin which is a short 20 minute downhill hike from Malan’s Peak.  You will know you are there because of the bronze placard commemorating the location.  The…

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Malan’s Peak: Ogden, Utah

Malan’s Peak: Ogden, Utah

The most avid mountaineer or hiker would appreciate the miles of first class hiking and mountain biking terrain afforded by the Ogden Trails Network.  This network is composed of over 35 miles of extremely well maintained hiking and mountain biking trails.  The incredible trails are generally lightly populated and very easily accessible from various trailheads just a few minutes from downtown Ogden.  They offer cool shade in the summer and one of a kind breath taking views as one gains…

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Off Road Adventure In Moab, Utah

Off Road Adventure In Moab, Utah

If you have not yet been to Moab, Utah, I would strongly urge you to put it on the top of your list for a visit. There is a great deal to see and do in Moab, Utah, including the biking, hiking, climbing, rafting and off road adventure. First, I would strongly caution against visiting in the summer months given the extreme heat.  The best time of the year to make the trip is in the Spring or Fall. Given…

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Mountain Biking in Park City, Utah

Mountain Biking in Park City, Utah

One of my favorite summertime activities in Utah is mountain biking.  There is certainly no shortage of trails in and around Salt Lake City.  While I am also open to riding trails and single track or conducting uphill climbs to improve conditioning, I often suggest to riders to experience the downhill with the bike haul at the many ski resorts that offer this feature. Snowbird offers the bike haul on the tram. Snowbasin offers the chairlift bike haul and lessons…

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Salt Lake City, Utah (Black Mountain Hike)

Salt Lake City, Utah (Black Mountain Hike)

One of my absolute favorite hikes just minutes from downtown Salt Lake City, Utah is Black Mountain.  Despite it ominous name, the hike is a uniquely memorable hike given the panoramic nature of the views from the summit. The trail is well suited one for those willing to gain some altitude and engage in a more strenuous day hike.  I would not recommend this hike for younger kids but for experienced hikers who are looking for a half day hike…

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Wheeler Canyon

Wheeler Canyon

Wheeler Canyon, Utah is great spot within short distance of Ogden.  This is the location of the Wheeler Canyon Trail.  In order to reach Wheeler Canyon one must make the drive up 12th Street to where it converts to Ogden Canyon road. There is about a 20 minute drive up the canyon.  The hike begins at the periphery of the damn on the west side of Pineview Reservoir. It is a popular hike with a reasonable amount of traffic both…

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Ogden Trail Network

Ogden Trail Network

There are a series of scenic short hike along the Ogden Trail Network in Ogden, Utah for the less experienced hiker. These are all easily accessible from downtown Ogden.  There is always plenty of free parking at the trailheads and most trails are lightly populated. In particular, one can choose various spot to jump on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. This segment of the trail runs north to south and is typically a very easy segment of the trail network. In…

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