The Best Hikes of 2014 by Travel Bloggers

BY Leigh McAdam TIMEJanuary 7, 2015 PRINT

With hopes of inspiring you to get out hiking in 2015, here are some of the best hikes of 2014 done by fellow travel bloggers.

Ted  from Traveling Ted took off on a solo adventure to do Big Bend National Park’s signature backpacking trip – the 30 mile Outer Mountain Loop starting and ending in the Chisos Basin. With danger from three main sources – heat, fire and wildlife – Ted had to do the following before he could even shoulder a backpack.

Big Bend Chisos Mountains – Looking down on the Chihuahuan Desert after getting to the top of the Chisos Mountains (Ted Nelson)
Big Bend Chisos Mountains – Looking down on the Chihuahuan Desert after getting to the top of the Chisos Mountains (Ted Nelson)
I had to complete a special solo hiker entry form with information about my clothing, color of my backpack and rain gear, information on my car and a signed note from my mother (just joking on the last one although I did leave my mom as my emergency contact.) I had to have my picture taken as well as a picture of the sole of my boot.

Read more about Ted’s adventure on this hike here.

Agata Mleczko from Null n Full voted for Königssee (King’s Lake) as one of her best one day hikes in 2014. Located in the German Alps close to the border with Austria, the hike did not go exactly as planned.

KÖNIGSSEE: A marvelous one day hike (Agata Mleczko)
KÖNIGSSEE: A marvelous one day hike (Agata Mleczko)
The basic idea was to have a look at the Königssee from high altitude and to do that we had a plan to go up in a cable railway first and climb a nearby summit called Schneibstein (2276 m) afterwards. The plan was simple, we set up in the early morning and after a 2h drive from Munich we met the first obstacle: a lady at the cash desk of Jennerbahn (a cable railway). She refused to sell us a one way ticket up saying that the path towards Schneibstein and Carl-von-Stahl hut was impossible to cross. We could only buy a half way ticket and we did so. And that was the first thing that made our day and the route really, really long.

Read more about this wonderful early season hike here.

Donna Hull from My Itchy Travel Feet takes you to beautiful Grinnell Lake in Montana’s Glacier National Park. She has this to say about the hike.

Salamander Glacier reflecting into Swiftcurrent Lake
Salamander Glacier reflecting into Swiftcurrent Lake
Most people come to experience the Grinnell Glacier Trek or the one to Iceberg Lake. But the trail to Grinnell Lake offers a beautiful experience too, if you’re looking for a less strenuous Glacier National Park hike….And there are two options for getting there – the easy way via the Glacier Park Boat Company or the hard way hiking the entire journey (6.8 miles) on your own two feet.

Read about the full hike here – and see the photos.

Mette from Italian Notes takes you on an easy hike in the land of Barolo, Italy. Apart from the culinary pleasures of the region, Mette states that exercise is welcome and in fact necessary. She says hiking can often be difficult in Italy unless you have a GPS based app but local tourist authorities are making an effort to improve trails and signage. The 5 km winery trail from Monforte d’Alba to Barolo

Hiking in the land of Barolo
Hiking in the land of Barolo
…takes you through the most spectacular vineyard landscapes with nice cultural and culinary stops along the way…including the truffle trail in the dark forest of Serradenari.

Read more about the trail and what you can do in Barolo here.

Simon Falvo from Wild About Travel shares her love affair with ice and glaciers. One look at her photos from this blog and you’ll be booking yourself a trip to Switzerland’s Jungfrau region. The standout hike was along the Aletsch Glacier.

Aletsch Glacier from Belalp (Simon Falvo)
Aletsch Glacier from Belalp (Simon Falvo)

Here’s what she has to say about the area.

I anticipated it would be beautiful scenery but once I stepped off the cable car in Bettmerhorn and walked just a few steps, I was literally mind-blown. The Aletsch Glacier, like a wide tongue of white ice, was standing right at my feet, the crevasses making it similar to a big, natural lace.

Read more about this fabulous area which is also a UNESCO site here.

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This article was written by Leigh McAdam and originally published on the original here.

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