Heading out on a trail for a day or even a few hours is one of life’s simplest active pleasures. Craving fresh air, wildflowers, wildlife and healthy exercise? Taking a walk is the universal alternative whether you’re young or old, rich or poor. I look at day hiking as backpacking without the baggage – knee-friendly ventures that can be short and easy or long and challenging. Your choice. Day hiking has an attractive cost/benefit ratio compared with other means of venturing outdoors. It requires a minimal investment in equipment for traveling the widest variety of routes. Since day hikers often need little time for packing and planning, they have more time and incentive to discover new places/Rich Landers, SR. More here. (Rich Landers' SR photo: Bitterroots are delicate pink wildflowers that blossom from sparse rocky soil -- sometimes sprouting in spring from well-traveled trails)
Question: What's your favorite place to day hike?