Atop Gnarl Ridge overlooking Mt. Hood,

Hi everyone!  Welcome to Anne’s Travels! Anything to do with hiking and great views gets me excited.  The more wilderness and off-the-beaten-path the better, although I also enjoy seeing typical attractions such as famous national parks like Yellowstone and the Statue of Liberty.  In general, though, I’m just an incurable View Junkie!

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  1. Oliver Descoeudres

    hi Anne, your “Best of Big Bend” was helpful in planning my trip last year to Big Bend National Park – thanks. I’ve referenced it on my blog post. I couldn’t leave a comment on this page, but a few observations:

    * as you’ve noted on your updated page, I found Lost Mine Trail a fantastic hike (I would only recommend skipping this one if you’re doing Emory Peak and South Rim, which is even better)! Perhaps suggest going early or late in the day – I set out in the late afternoon, and had the trail to myself a great sunset from the top.

    * I mostly agree with your snyopsis of the Window – but it’s not a bad spot to end the day; again, I had the place on my own at sunset.

    * some of your recommendations needed a high clearance / 4WD vehicle (the ranger recommended I didn’t take my rental sedan to Grapevine Hills, for example) – so might be worth noting that.


  2. Hi Oliver!

    Thanks so much for the updates! I’m really looking forward to doing the South Rim someday. It sounds like your sunsets were fantastic. I’ll update the page for 4×4 / high clearance.


  3. james demet

    Hi Anne
    fascinated with your site
    driving from Zion to Moab , to break up drive- we are looking for 2-3 hour hike moderate hike close to highways (15/ 70) and not desert like
    any suggestion

  4. Hi James! Both I-15 and I-70 are pretty much in the desert (I drove I-15 last month, and believe me, it’s in the desert!) If you want a non-desert hike, I might suggest Delano Peak – it’s not too far off of I-15. The mileage varies depending on the exact route you take / trailhead / what kind of vehicle you’re driving. Route descriptions can be found at https://www.outdoorproject.com/adventures/utah/hikes/delano-peak-hike, http://www.girlonahike.com/2018/01/hiking-to-delano-peak-tushar-mountains.html, https://www.roadtripryan.com/go/t/utah/westdesert/delano-peak, and https://www.summitpost.org/delano-peak-ut/152064. Another summer hike (cool because of the water) that’s near I-15 is Kanarra Creek Canyon (https://utah.com/hiking/kanarra-creek-canyon), but flash floods can be a real problem, and I hear the area has had rain recently, so use caution. Hope that helps! ~Anne

  5. Gary King

    As a resident of South Dakota I want to correct a few errors published in the Bear Butte blog, First Bear Butte is in Southwestern South Dakota not Northwestern. And there was a suggestion that it is isolated from every thing else, when in fact the Black Hills with many exciting vistas are waiting for those who wish to travel there. If you had faced the west you could not have missed the Black Hills.

    As my indigenous friends would say,Pilmaya

  6. Andrew Core


    I found your site (annestravels.net) from SERP and found it extremely awesome! I wanted to know if you’re willing to accept paid content in the form of guest posts and give a do-follow link to our client’s site.

    Kindly let me know the price per post (if you are interested to sell sponsored posts on your blog).

    Also, we might be interested to place in-content text link (placement of a text link on an existing blog post on your blog) please do let me know the price per text link placement as well.

    So tell me the prices, and we’ll get an agreement ☺

    Have a nice day!

    Andrew Core

  7. Hello Andrew! I’m not currently accepting applications for guests posts, do-follow links, or in-context text links. But thanks for reaching out to me! If I do begin accepting applications in the future, I’ll let you know.

  8. Laura Blaney

    Hi Anne:
    I’m an archival producer in Canada currently working on a story about the Concrete Arrows, beacons, and towers for a documentary series called ‘Mysteries From Above’. I’d love to include some of your photos in our segment. Please email me to further discuss. Thank you.

  9. Ann Bayley

    Anne, Just found your site. Looking for the Grand Tour Trail in Webster Park, Rochester, ny. Found one with your name on it.
    Could not really read that map but, can you share that map? How would I obtain it?
    Thanks. I also love, love hiking.
    Ann B.

  10. Hi Ann, Yes, this is the same Grand Tour as is in Webster Park! (Love that hike!) A slightly large version of the map can be found at https://flic.kr/p/2jmPcLr. If you need an even bigger map, try downloading the GPX file and importing it into map software. Happy hiking! ~Anne

  11. Melissa Chirgwin

    Hi Anne!! I wanted to thank you for your detailed description of the Garnet Canyon to Lower Saddle in Middle Teton…. We did the hike with our two daughters, 7 and 9, and I wanted to share the experience with you since your post helped us SO MUCH! Look forward to hopefully speaking with you 🙂

  12. Hello Melissa! I’m so glad you enjoyed the hike!! And I’d love to hear about your experiences. Can you contact me through social media (Facebook, Instagram, or MeWe) so we can interface more easily? Links are in the header (the empty space is IG… I’m waiting to get an icon from my graphic artist). I can’t wait to hear from you!

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