Andrew Todd

Web developer by weekday. Cyclist, hiker, and bookworm the rest of the time.

Flat Top is the slightly longer brother to neighboring Sharp Top, but the additional time spent on the trail is well worth it. It's not a terribly difficult hike, though not easy either. There are two trail options, the steeper (shorter) one begins down from the Peaks of Otter Lodge, the longer begins on the other side of the mountain across from the entrance to Fallingwater Cascades trail. Whichever you choose, there will be some great bouldering problems, photo opportunities, & of course great views & scrambling from 2 or 3 different vantage points at the top.

4 months ago
4 months ago

I hiked this a day or two after an ice storm - it was warm enough out for the hike, but the melting ice made the landscape super unique & fun. I love the variation in this trail from walking through the woods to climbing along the ridgeline. The views from the Tooth aren't bad either!

4 months ago
4 months ago

The Marbleyard is a place that never gets old - the time of year and the route you choose to ascend will ensure that your experience will be new every time. The Marbleyard is one of my all-time favorites - if you love scrambling, this is the place for you!

4 months ago
4 months ago

We backpacked the West Rim Trail from Lava Point to Angel's Landing over 2 days & 1 night. This area of the park is very quiet & remote, with a really neat alpine landscape at the higher elevations. Almost the entire trail provides stunning views, which makes it truly unforgettable. Depending on the time of year, don't count on being able to find water at the few springs, you may have to carry it all with you!

4 months ago
4 months ago

It can be difficult sometimes to find a hike off the main canyon in Zion that isn't overcrowded, but Hidden Canyon is that hike. There are some really nice views of Angel's Landing & the surrounding features from this trail, & the scrambling you get to do back in the actual canyon of Hidden Canyon is a lot of fun. This trail is also a great warm-up for Angel's Landing.

4 months ago
4 months ago

I did this loop in late spring & due to recent rains, the 7 or more creek crossings were flowing really well, which made it a trickier hike, but it was fun. Climbing back up to Clingman's Dome is a challenging hike, but well-worth it. Additionally, once you get away from Clingman's Dome & Andrew's Bald you'll most likely have a pretty quiet hike without many other people.

4 months ago
4 months ago

Yonah Mountain is a great balance of difficulty, length, & reward. The hike to the top is somewhat steep, but won't take too long, & the views at the top are really great! I appreciated how many different areas & spots to hang out there were once you make it to the top.

4 months ago
4 months ago

I found the Bear Hair Gap trail to be a really scenic & pretty trail. There aren't any sweeping views (though the Vogel overlook is pretty cool), but the creek crossings & not-too-challenging terrain makes this hike a worthwhile few hours!

5 months ago
5 months ago

My friends and I made this a 3-day, 2-night long weekend trip and had a great time. This route is fairly peaceful and secluded, and while you don't really get any amazing views until you arrive at the end (Clingman's Dome), it's a great time of quietly enjoying the forests and creeks. It is indeed a difficult hike, especially the last section after Jonas Creek, though this is also the best part of the trail with small waterfalls, rock faces jutting out along the trail, and beautiful pines. On a final note, when you're looking up campsites, #64, #70, & #71 are excellent options, just be sure to get your permits!

9 months ago
9 months ago

The Greenway is no doubt a relaxing place, but I also love that it provides a car-free commute option for me to ride my bike to and from work. At times (Saturday mornings when the weather is great) it can be a bit crowded, but even still the Greenway is my local go-to option for a little time spent outdoors.

10 months ago
10 months ago

My wife and I hiked this trail in early April, and with recent rainfall the creek/falls were beautiful. I've heard that this hike is very popular and can get crowded, but hiking on a Sunday morning at 9am was pretty quiet.

11 months ago
11 months ago