Did We Complete Our 2022 Hiking Goal?

At the end of 2021, Teddy. and I were reflecting on our year and we decided to count the various hikes we had done throughout the year. We were somewhere around 30 and together decided that in 2022, we wanted to explore more new places together via hiking so we made a goal of doing 40 hikes together. We didn’t have any strict guidelines for what that meant, other than experiencing new places, getting outside, and doing it together.

This year, we completed 48 hikes together! They ranged from just under a mile like the Mesa Arch Trail in Canyonlands National Park to around 6 miles which was our longest at Avalanche Lake in Glacier National Park. Elevation for each was also quite different. The James T. Saban Lookout in the Big Horns of Wyoming started at 9200 feet and ended at 9471 feet in elevation whereas our hikes in Pennsylvania started started at only 200 feet of elevation. A big difference.

If you’re interested in making your own hiking goal for next year, you can do it a variety of ways. If you’re looking for something simple, I’d recommend using the Notes app on your phone and titling it “2023 Hiking and then each time you go on a hike, just write the name, location, mileage and date. If you want something a little more precise or to use in addition, you can use the All Trails app for each hike. We use both – AllTrails more for the maps while actually hiking and then the Notes App to keep track of them. It takes about a minute to log them after we’re done. Super simple.

Below you will find the hikes we did by state for the year –

Arizona

  • Valley View Trail in Saguaro National Park
  • Blue Mesa in Petrified Forest National Park
  • Crystal Forest Trail in Petrified Forest National Park
  • Rim Trail in Grand Canyon National Park
  • Canyon X Tour in Antelope Canyon
  • Horseshoe Bend  

California

  • Zabriskie Point in Death Valley National Park
  • Artist Palette in Death Valley National Park
  • Cholla Cactus Garden in Joshua Tree National Park
  • Discovery Trail in Joshua Tree National Park

Idaho

  • Perrinne Coulee Falls in Twin Falls
  • Devils orchard Trail in Craters of the Moon National Monument

Maryland

  • Lighthouse Trail in Assateague Island National Seashore

Montana

  • Avalanche Lake in Glacier National Park
  • Hidden Lake Overlook in Glacier National Park
  • Trail of the Cedars in Glacier National Park
  • Park Baring Falls in Glacier National Park

Nevada

  • Mouse Tank Trail in Valley of Fire State Park

New York

  • Awosting Falls in Minnewaska State Park Preserve

North Dakota

  • Wind Canyon Trail in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Pennsylvania

  • Bear Hole Trail in Swatara State Park
  • Grubb Lake Nature Park in West Hemfield Township
  • Middle Creek in Stevens
  • Kellyโ€™s Run In Marctic Township
  • Landis Woods in Lititz
  • Silver Mine Trail in Pequea

South Dakota

  • Roughlock Falls Trail in Spearfish Canyon
  • Presidential Loop at Mount Rushmore National Memorial
  • Sylvan Lakeshore Trail in Custer State Park
  • Door Trail at Badlands National Park
  • Cave Trail in Wind Cave National Park

Utah

  • Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park
  • Lower and Middle Emerald Pools in Zion National Park
  • Delicate Arch in Arches National Park
  • Navajo and Queens Garden Loop in Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Devils Garden in Arches National Park
  • Windows Trail in Arches National Park
  • Double Arch in Arches National Park
  • Rim Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Yavapai Vista in Sedona 
  • Rim Trail at Dead Horse Point State Park
  • Goblin Valley “Choose Your Own Adventure Trail” at Goblin Valley State Park
  • Riverside Walk in Zion National Park

Wyoming

  • Leigh Lake Trail in Teton National Park
  • Grand Prismatic Overlook Trail inYellowstone National Park
  • Schwabacher Landing in Tetons National Park
  • John T Saban Fire Tower in Big Horn National Forest
  • Hidden Falls in Teton National Park

We realized after reflecting on our list that the majority of our hiking happened on trips we did. We only hiked around 13% of the time in PA, the rest was outside of the state. As Teddy and I have started to plan out our shared goals for 2023, we’ve brainstormed some ideas around hiking and getting outside. While we haven’t finalized the goals yet, we are considering one around specifically hiking more than 6 miles together since that’s the most we’ve done together so far. I think it would be a fun challenge for the two of us. Other than that, stay tuned in an upcoming blog to see what we decide on and happy hiking!

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