Category Archives: Hikes

A Hike to Avoid

Grand Teton National Park, I have a bone to pick with you (as my mother used to say when she was mad at me). A few days ago the Good Hiker crew was looking for a nice short morning hike. … Continue reading

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The Top Ten Health Benefits of Hiking

You know hiking is good for your health. But do you know just how good it is? If you are heading out for a hike this Memorial Day weekend, take note of all the good you are doing for your … Continue reading

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Planning a National Parks Trip — To the Tetons!

The Good Hiker crew (me, sister Lisa, and nieces Katie and Susie — the original Certified Good Hikers) are heading to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks this summer for the Fourth Annual Girls’ Adventure Tour. We’re in the planning … Continue reading

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Welcome MHOTC Readers! And Hello Spring

Welcome to all who arrived here from Claire Walter’s fabulous blog Mile High on the Cheap. The Certified Good Hiker Kit is an outdoor education game that helps adults teach kids how to be “good hikers” — how to have … Continue reading

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Welcome Daylight Savings! Free Kits Today!

As far as I’m concerned, this is one of the best days of the year. More daylight at the end of the day, plus the lengthening days overall means more time to get outdoors. In celebration, I’m giving away 100 … Continue reading

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Free Admission to National Parks

Time to plan a hike! The National Park Service announced two more free-admission days –August 14 and 15 — at the 146 parks that normally charge an entrance fee (nearly 250 others never charge a fee). Rocky Mountain National Park, … Continue reading

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How Do Search and Rescue Dogs Find People?

[This is a reprint of an article I wrote for Smithsonian magazine a few years ago. My all-time favorite freelance assignment. Longer than your average blog post, but that's what writers did in those days.] Elbow by elbow, like a … Continue reading

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What’s in Your Backpack? The 10 Essentials of Hiking…and a Few More

What should you bring on a hike? I’ve always heard that there are “ten essentials” of hiking – the items you must bring on a hike to stay safe and warm. That list seems to vary a lot, though, depending … Continue reading

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Fiery Furnace Hike in Arches National Park

The Annual Girls’ Adventure Tour took us to Moab, Utah, this year. My sister Lisa and I had camped in the area a very long time ago, at Dead Horse Point State Park, but she hadn’t been back since then. … Continue reading

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Welcome to GoodHiker.com!

GoodHiker.com is here to help you and the kids in your life to get outdoors and have fun hiking, while also learning about minimizing your impact on the environment — in short, how to have fun, stay safe and tread … Continue reading

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