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August 18, 2016

I have previously written about my trip to Kauai, and how I have visited before but then, was a much different, much less adventurous person and how this trip really helped me to appreciate all the growth I have made, accomplished in the last twelve years, since that last visit. It was on the trails, here on the Garden Island that conjured up those feeling amongst the most rare and beautiful views ever seen. 

Prior to the trip I had done much research and made a short list of hikes I wanted to do while visiting. There are as followed:

Wailua Falls. Double waterfall just a 30 minute drive from the Poipu side of Kauai, and even closer to the Lihue airport. The viewpoint at Wailua Falls is much trafficked and popular, but if you are a hiker, I encourage you to make your way down to the falls. There are three kn...

August 10, 2016

Before visiting Kauai, ‘The Garden Island’, I did much research about trails and views I wanted to seek out prior to my arrival. When hiking, especially an unfamiliar place and ridden with tourism, you can never be too prepared. There are a quite a few waterfalls on the island of Kauai, but I learned once getting there a couple of them have since been closed due to injuries and even occurrence of deaths. So, Wailua Falls is one that remains open and is much trafficked down to the base of the falls. There is a popular viewpoint at the top of the falls that has a concrete fence and much of the trail needed to reach the base is behind a green colored chain link fence. A bit further before the viewpoint is where we started where there is no fence to breach. It is well known that the quickest and most used way...

July 20, 2016

It’s that time of year, where hikes turn into overnights and earlier this month, I made the trip to do an overnight at Santa Cruz Island, which had long been on my bucket list. Santa Cruz Island is the largest of the Channel Islands National Park. If you are making plans to visit, I highly suggest perhaps looking into camping in one of the three campgrounds located on the islands. To arrive at the islands, you can take the Island Packers boat from the harbor in Ventura. The boat ride is one hour and there are specific limitations to what and how much you can bring with you on the island, which is all spelled out here, on the Island Packers website

I booked my campsite for the evening of July 4th, and not much was available besides group camping (up to 15 people per spot) which is a smaller, but more sprea...

July 16, 2016

Its that time of year where us women who hike are outdoors during the summer season, hiking, adventuring and camping. The heat is upon us and since we at Women Who Hike are all about empowerment and part of being empowered is knowing before you go and having this knowledge keeps us and our loved ones out of harms way. This diagram shows the difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke and what to do for yourself or a fellow hiker should any of these signs and symptoms should occur. Stay safe out there and hike on ladies!

July 6, 2016

Visiting the Channel Islands has been on my bucket list for 2016, and I finally found a way to put it into my busy schedule, and as luck would have it, right around a holiday weekend. I not only booked an overnight camping spot on Santa Cruz Island (the largest of the 5 islands) but also went for a day trip, here on Anacapa Island. 

I, Nicole, am really one to do my research before traveling or hiking anywhere. But, when trying to find in depth details on Anacapa, there wasn’t much out there. So, I am hoping my write up will help others in deciding, planning and visiting Anacapa Island. Anacapa is the closest to the mainland here in SoCal, and can be visited by booking a seat on the boat through Island Packers. Island Packers also does trips to Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa. I was actually quite impressed with...

June 30, 2016

Munra Point has been on my bucket list for quite some time. This past year, I have been seeing the Munra become a popular destination thanks to instagram. It is located along the Columbia Gorge, on the Oregon side and a 6 mile hike to the top which doesn’t seem like a lot, but most of the hike you are on all fours due to the steep grade to the official summit. 

While visiting Oregon this past month, I decided I would finally get this one done and also took along two of our Women Who Hike members along with me. We got caught up in a little rain as we began which cleared up for most of the hike going up. 

At one of the forks in the trail going up, we took ‘the hard side’ having been told… ‘look for the ropes’. Yes, this is yet another one of those PNW hikes where you need the use of a rope to get to higher gro...

June 22, 2016

Every hike is an adventure… and some days, no matter how much planning you do there will be times where perhaps you bite off a little more than you can chew. This is exactly what I think of when I explain and reminisce on my long awaited Abiqua Falls visit. I had decided while on this recent trip, visiting my family and friends in Oregon that I would finally make the drive and visit this epic and much photographed waterfall. I have long used All Trails when recording my track while hiking to make sure I take the right trail in order to end up at my desired end goal. So, I set off last week on a Tuesday morning where the skies filled with storm clouds and just as I started my hike down to the falls, it started DUMPING rain. I got about 2 miles down the trail and then realized there was no way the track I wa...

June 4, 2016

We heard it was National Trails Day... So we went and did some venturing on one of the most beautiful trails here on the west coast, at Red Rocks Canyon in Las Vegas, NV. I, Nicole here at Women Who Hike visit Nevada often for work, so I have been called to this area where the scenery is breathtaking, the trails all a different variety, each with their with unique features. Red Rocks Canyon is a National Conservation Land that is one of 873 federally recognized areas and is part of 32 million acres of National Monuments, Wilderness Study Areas, Wild and Scenic Rivers, National Historic Trails and Conservation Lands of the California Deserts. The National Conservation Lands are uniquely diverse and include Red Rock Deserts (seen here), Indian Dwellings and Alaskan Tundras just to name a few. These lands, mo...

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