As I had decided on a Trek America trip to celebrate a big birthday I wanted to combine my main trek with other travels to make the most out of travelling all the way to the good ol' US of A!

This Guide will take you through how I planned my treks and other stays around them to have an epic american adventure. With my top ten tips for you if you want to do the same.

Combining treks and travels was the best thing I did to get a mix of experiences and show me many different sides to american life and landscapes.

As I was celebrating a milestone birthday, I combined trek with some more luxurious stays, which was a great mix and something I would do again. A bit of luxury after a few weeks of cabins and hostels felt incredible.
You don't have to do this though, you could stay in similar accommodation to trek to make it more cost effective. Do whatever suits you and your budget to make the most of traveling across the Atlantic!

Its not difficult to combine more than one trek or spending longer in some of the destinations but does take a bit of pre planning. 

Here are key points to remember if you want to travel the US for longer:


What (I did): The Northen BLT I planned as my main trek finished in LA, and I knew if i was travelling all that way I wanted to take in Vegas and the Grand Canyon as well.
I found a mini trek that started a week later from Vegas. This gave me the perfect amount of time in the middle destination. 
We finished trek (Northern BLT) at the end of the day on Monday and I made my way to my pre booked accommodation. I then had 5 free days to explore LA before planning a travel day on my sixth day (the Sunday) to fly to Vegas and spend a night in the pre tour accommodation there, before starting my second trek on the 7th day.

Why (you should): Finding two treks with close together end and start dates means you can have a decent amount of time in your middle destination. 
Don't plan to end one trek and start the next one on the same day - there were a few I had to discount because of this, you simply won't arrive in time for the early morning start. It will mostly mean finding one that starts a week later. 
Check the end date of your trek first before you look for your additional trek, so you know the next available date you could start your trek - theres nothing more annoying than finding the perfect second trek that you can't go on as it starts the day you finish or that you can't afford to go on because it would mean too long in the middle destination.


What (I Did): When I planned to do the Northern BLT it took in so many amazing places I wanted to see but I knew it didn't take in some other incredible places that I would be much closer to than travelling from the UK. I didn't want to go too far from where I finished and Vegas was only about an hours plane ride away from LA. 
Adding the the Vegas to Grand Canyon (Hotels) mini trek meant I'd have 4 extra days taking in some incredible national parks and of course the Grand Canyon was the main draw. 
Sucking up the additional cost of another trek turned out to be cheaper than staying in Vegas and doing lots of day trips to these places solo, plus this way I knew I wouldn't have to worry about how to get to them and all the additional aspects of travelling alone.
Doing this mini trek finished my time in America on a high as our group was all a little jaded after three weeks on the road (on the Northern BLT). I look back and think if I had finished trek then I would have missed out on so much, particularly because the mini trek were my favourite places to visit overall. We also hiked together more as a group and I enjoyed this the most - a completely different experience from my first trek!

Why (you should): If you're not set on the Grand BLT or Trailblazer, combining longer and shorter or mini treks can give you the best of both worlds.
It allows you to take in many more sights than your original trek, without travelling for months. 
You'll meet two sets of trek buddies - whats not to love about two sets of new friends.
You get two different trek leaders - with gives you two different local perspectives (both amazing) on the places you travel too.


What (I Did): I did look at some treks that started in LA a week or so after my first one finished there. But because I would have already spent a week in LA I wanted to finish the second trek in a destination where I could also spend more time exploring, and I didn't want it to be the same place I finished the original trek.
The closest place that other treks started from became obvious, VEGAS! Once I had that narrowed down I checked out different travel options, to get from LA to Vegas on the dates I was looking at for my next trek. 
There were multiple bus and flight options, bus journeys at about 4-5 hours and flights that took an hour, and although I didn't make my decision then on how to travel I knew there were enough options, meaning I could book the treks first and decide a little later on about the best travelling option for me.
I chose to fly and picked a midday flight, by doing this I would get there in good time and had some back up options to still arrive the night before trek started if any flights were delayed or cancelled - you can't afford to miss the start of trek on a mini trek.

Why (you should): So it's easier to travel to solo - You don't want to have to trek miles on your own before you get to your second trek starting point, thats the whole reason you're going with trek.
If they aren't mega close, check out flights or travel options between locations before booking, so you know you can get to the other destination on the days you need to, to start your next trek on time. 
Pick a morning or midday travel time so you're not catching the last bus or flight, you don't want to leave yourself open to problems if there are delays.
The upside of flying is you get some incredible views of other parts of America you're not stopping in.
If they start in the same city, even better, you just have to travel across town - check out the options to get the most cost and comfort effective way to travel.
If you move from a trek post departure hotel after finishing the first trek, you could always spend the pre departure day for your next trek in treks hotel. By doing this you get to stay in different areas of the same city and get more experiences, this is particularly good for LA as its very spread out.


What (I Did): I did this with LA, as i'd never been to LA or the west coast before and only spent a few days in NY at the beginning of trek as id been to New York a few times before.
Spending time alone in LA wasn't initially appealing to me but after I had decided to do that there were so many things to do and keep you occupied that it was nice to spend your own time exploring and taking in the sights you want to see that weren't on trek. 
I went to some theme parks and a TV show recording, as well as seeing lots of other sights, that there just isn't time for on trek

Why (you should): Seems obvious enough, but don't waste the extra time you have in a destination you are not as keen on. 
Or make sure your next trek starts in a destination you would like more time than trek provides. 
One of the only downsides to trek is that in some places you will feel like you don't get enough time, so ending your trek somewhere you happily spend another week can make your travels much more exciting. 
Getting to spend some time in your last destination with your trek buddies and trek leader gives you a great start but then getting to explore areas you want to as well will not leave you disappointed.


What (I Did): I checked out a range of options and dates to maximise my spending money. I checked all my destination accommodation options way before booking to keep an eye on prices and book when there were sales or discounts.
I also checked all my destinations before booking and booked the cheapest first (Vegas) which meant I knew my budget for LA and NY was slightly more as I got a hotel much cheaper for Vegas than i was expecting. This was crucial for my budget as New York was slightly more than i had expected as the beginning of May when I travelled was the start of their busy holiday season.

Why (you should): Before booking your treks check out different accommodation options in all your extra stay locations to fit your budget. You need to do this to make sure you can afford stays in these cities before booking up your treks. 
Theres normally something to fit every budget.
Don't get disheartened if you have less to spend. Save up for longer if you want a more luxurious stay or plan to stay in hostels, there are some epic cheap hostels and hotels in America. You're only gonna be sleeping and showering there right!?!
Checking out accommodation prices is essential as American summer holiday dates (schools and colleges) are different to the UK, so don't assume you'll get cheaper prices even if its not holiday season in the UK (or wherever you are).
Don't blow your budget on accommodation, its better to stay somewhere cheaper and have money to spend on activities!


What (I Did): I made lists of what I wanted to do, what I needed to know before booking anything and then a checklist of what order to book things in.
This meant I didn't have to rush around once in the locations to make sure I had things to do. 
I did also make a list of what to book when I got to the location, like theme park visits depending on how I felt on the days when I was there so I wasn't stuck to a big plan every day. 
This really helped in LA, as after three weeks on trek I used much more time as downtime than I was expecting…I had to recover from the tiredness and all the hiking! Using the benefits of the hotel I booked - room service and cinema only films on your hotel room tv was a novel afternoon and evening well spent recuperating!

Why (you should): Whether its on your computer or a notepad making lists is key to getting everything planned in advance, making combining trek and travel less stressful, and even fairly enjoyable! 
The hard work you put in, in the planning will more than pay off when you're at the destinations.  You don't have to waste time trying to create an itinerary and miss out on amazing sights as you can plan to maximise your time.
do plan in some downtime between treks, you don't want to fill everyday with activities as you will be tired. You will want a more chilled day or two before embarking on your next trek too - maybe a pool day at your hotel or relaxing at the beach!


What (I Did): After looking at the two treks for a while that I had been set on combining, before I booked them, the mini trek got fully booked. 
This meant I would have to abandon my trek as there wasn't many feasible options for a different second trek taking in what I wanted to see, and the only option was to change my dates as luckily I hadn't booked one of the trips without the other. 
There were only one other set of trek date options that would allow a week in between the treks. So I checked out the travel and accommodation options for the new dates which seemed ok.
Having learned my lesson of waiting to book I booked them both up together, so I wouldn't miss out on combining them, after having planned out my travels. 

Why (you should): Trek America regularly offers discounts for booking multiple treks at the same time, so it can make it hugely worthwhile to stay on in America a bit longer.
They also usually give discounts for your 3rd or more trek, saving money while adding to your itinerary can't be bad!
You do not want to have to change your plans if your second trek gets fully booked before you book it, especially if you've already researched travel and accommodation options.


What (I Did): Following working out the treks I wanted to do and travel and accommodation I booked my treks first as they were the core to my travel plans and everything else was flexible. I booked about four months in advance so I time to pay the treks off before spending money on flights and other accommodation. 
I added pre tour hotels in after a couple of weeks of booking my treks - Trek America were very accommodating to do this, after I had realised my other hotel options would be too far from the departure points to travel on the morning of the treks - I didn't want a mega early start!
It also meant I could keep an eye on hotel and flight prices and book when they were the lowest I had seen, rather than needing to book everything up straight away.
It ended up being cheaper for me to spend four nights in New York City before the pre tour night, instead of three. Based on changing the date I flew to a day earlier, I used the left over money for another hotel night - an extra night in New York is never a bad thing!

Why (you should): You don't want to pre book flights or accommodation then find that in the meantime the treks to fit around those have been booked up. Treks can fill up quickly as its 13 maximum to a tour.
Booking trek first and well in advance gives you more time to wait for the trek to be guaranteed before paying for flights and accommodation - so less chance of loosing money, as very occasionally some treks don't have enough people to run them. Having more time before booking other aspects of your travels allows you to change all the extras to fit in with any new circumstance - no one wants to waste money!
Have travel and accommodation plans in mind but you can always be more flexible with those around the treks - there really is nothing you can do if treks have been booked up already.
Changing travel and accommodation around trek (rather than changing trek around travel and accommodation) will mean you could end up finding some good deals.


What (I Did): Because I spent time in locations on my own people ended up talking to me a lot because of it that i wouldn't have spoken to otherwise, I met lots of people because of this and these are some of the most memorable and special parts of my trip.
When I was at Disney land in California waiting for the night parade I got speaking to a local family and learn loads more about life in California and got tips on things to do in Vegas.
At Universal in LA I got one front of the line pass I could use on a ride to skip the queues. This was because I was approached to fill in a 5 minute Universal electronic survey about my visit that day, they weren't approaching big groups but solo and couple visitors!
I've also had a free visit to Museum Of Modern Art and discounted visit to The Metropolitan Museum in New York due to being solo. A MOMA member had a spare ticket that had been paid for and wanted to give it someone instead of wasting it. He was looking for a solo visitor and I was the only one, he had been waiting a while because everyone else was with people.
It was the same with a visit to the World Trade Center memorial in New York. A lady on her lunch break got talking to me, she was on her lunch break and explained how she visited the memorial everyday as she worked in the Twin Towers and was not at work the day 9/11 happened, which had saved her life. People speak to you when you're solo and you can share in some incredible stories - thats what travelling is all about right!

Why (you should): While its nice to travel with others it can be to your advantage to travel solo in some of your destinations around treks.
Sometimes you can get offered free or discounted tickets.
You can visit places you really want to see but other trekkers or friends may not be into - museums, galleries, sports, whatever your thing there will be something fun to do. 
Don't miss out because you're embarrassed of being there alone, there will be other people enjoying events solo, and you can meet and get talking to new people. 
If you're staying in hostels you may find like minded travellers who want to see some of the same sights as you and you can visit together.


What (I Did): I pre booked to see the Late Late Show with James Cordon in LA before I left the UK. A few of the tapings got cancelled but because I booked in advance I re booked for a different day. As we were nearing LA on the trek my booking got confirmed and got upgraded to a priority booking because I got in early enough. This meant being closer to the front for the taping and much more likely to see the show - they always oversubscribe tv show audiences to make sure they have enough people, so if you're near the end of the queue you may get turned away.
Another treat of travelling solo in LA got me an amazing visit. I got the last tour of the Dolby Theatre where the Oscars are held before it closed for 3 days due to Steve Martin's lifetime achievement ceremony. I went early in the day and no one else was booked on the tour, I got to go in the box in the auditorium and watch them setting the stage up because it wasn't a big group. I had ended up with a private tour of the Oscars theatre and auditorium for the price of a regular group tour - pretty amazing, and a very special memory!

Why (you should): You might be able to watch one of your favourite Hollywood tv shows at a taping. There can be long waiting lists for booking tv show tapings, and you need to book well in advance to give you the greatest chance of getting to watch something. For tv shows book a few different dates and different shows to maximise your chances. They are great to book up for time in LA or NY, they are FREE, having a free thing to do while spending time in expensive cities is amazing, it will save you money and you will feel incredible afterwards as you get entertained at no expense!
Pre booking a few activities for when your alone will make visiting the places less daunting and you will enjoy your trip way more. 
You are not left wondering how to fill all your free time between treks. 
Make sure you don't book up all your time as you will want to make use of the best weather days for outdoor sightseeing and you can get some great deals or better visits when you're out there at the last minute. Not booking up all your time in your middle destination will mean you can spend time with your other trekkers after trek, most people have the day after trek in the destination so you can meet up with your other trekkers on these days to do fun activities not included in trek, and it means you won't be alone the whole time.

There are so many incredible benefits of planning other travels and combining them with treks.
There are a few downsides to travelling in this way too. Mostly staying for shorter times in amazing destinations will make you want to spend longer there. 
On mini treks while you see lots of incredible places theres not quite long enough to really explore them. I want to go back to most of them within days of arriving home, and still feel that way a year later. 
Hey, at least I've got my next holiday ideas already right?!?

Let me know in the comments if this is a useful guide, especially if you've not booked multiple destination travels before!

Are you going on multiple treks or treks with time in multiple destinations? or have you combined treks and travels before, what did you do?



My favourite part of the Trek America adventures were all the hikes I had the opportunity to go on in the national and state parks. 

Now, I am not by any means athletically fit (I'm working on it), and you don't have to be super sporty to do these. Don't be put off any treks because of the hikes.

Some were more difficult than others. I managed some challenging ones, as well as easier ones, and you always have the option to pick and choose what you do. You never have to do a hike if you don't want to, which is another positive of travelling with trek.

I didn't know much about hiking, elevation and elevation gains before Trek America but I learnt a lot. All you really need to know is; the higher the elevation the harder your body has to work and the harder your breathing is. This also happens with the bigger an elevation gain or change, I could definitely feel myself working harder at the higher elevations but it was all manageable. 

Most of the time you can go at your own pace as well. In some parks you can hike with your trek leader, in others you can't. Your trek leader may say you are going to be in a National Park for a certain number of hours and give you different hike options you could do. 
In Yosemite my trek group spilt up, some people did the longer more difficult hike, some did a medium hike combined with trails and others wandered around different areas of the park, rather than hardcore hiking.

There are other times when you will walk as a whole group, we did this on our first big hike, which was in Yellowstone. After about ten minutes, some of our group decided they didn't want to hike, so they headed back to the van. When we had finished, our tour leader drove them to some viewpoints that we saw whilst walking so they could still take in the great views!

You also get given park maps and newspapers when you get to different parks, with information to help you navigate, which is particularly handy when you're hiking without your tour leader.

All the trails and hikes are really well signposted, with water filling points and usually toilets nearby. They are also well used so you'll see lots of other hikers and sometimes park rangers, everyones really friendly, encouraging and willing to help out if you need anything. There was only one hike (Slough Creek Trail) where we didn't see any other hikers, but thats probably because we started it very early in the morning!

We also got driven to many other places for amazing views in the parks, you don't have to walk everywhere, like Olmsted Point and Glacier Point in Yosemite NP.

So I thought i'd list all the hikes (including shorter easier trails that didn't feel like hikes) that I did on my two treks, with the details and what I thought about them, to give you an idea of what to expect.


1 | Taughannock SP:      GORGE TRAIL
Distance:  1.5mi / 2.4km     Elevation:  820ft / 250m     Elevation Gain:  40ft     Difficulty:  Easy
This was an easy hike. Flat most of the way with wide paths, shaded with the trees and cool because its by the river. As you get close to the falls you cross a bridge and get a stunning view looking up at the 215ft falls. We sat at the edge of the bank and got the spray and mist from the falls reaching us which was nice after the walk. This was our first hike and a great introduction, it took us about 40 minutes.

2 | Badlands NP:      WINDOW TRAIL
Distance:  0.25mi / 0.40km    Elevation:  2,500ft / 762m    Elevation Gain:  10ft    Difficulty:  Easy
This wasn't really a hike at all, it was more of a short walk. I wanted to include it because it was the only walk we did in the Badlands. Apart from a short walk the next morning for sunrise, with the watch out for snakes sign! We walked round a large circular boardwalk over about 20 minutes. There was a small area with some information about the rocks we were seeing. This walk was fun after walking round the boardwalk we walked across the road and off track a bit to climb some of the rocks. This is definitely the easiest National Park to walk around as although the ground is bumpy it is mostly flat and up to you if you want to climb some of the mounds for different views!


Distance: 5mi / 8km   Elevation: 7,784ft / 2,372m   Elevation Gain: 350ft   Difficulty:  Moderate
On this hike we combined trails making it longer overall, you could just go to each point and back from the trailhead but we did a bigger loop starting and ending at Uncle Tom's Point. It took about 3 hours. We covered Clear Lake Trail made a cut through up to Artists Point then followed the South Rim Trail back to Uncle Toms Point. There were large flatter field areas to walk at the beginning before it got a bit steeper as we headed towards the edge of the cliffs. This hike didn't get too steep though and was manageable. Artists Point was incredible for views across both sides. After Artists Point on our way back to Uncle Toms Point some of our group went onto Uncle Toms Trail which took you down to near the bottom of the Falls.
Even though it was longer combining trails it was good that we did this so we got different views along the whole walk. Some trails go to Artists Point and back but you get a much better view of Yellowstone by walking a loop. The clear lake area was a pretty hidden gem you wouldn't see if you just walked to view the falls and river. This hike was worth the effort for the views. There were lots of areas to stop for great views of the river.

4 | Yellowstone NP:      PORCELAIN BASIN TRAIL
Distance:  1.6mi / 2.5km     Elevation:  7,520ft / 2,292m     Elevation Gain:  40ft     Difficulty:  Easy
This trail was an easy walk. You walk down to the hot springs and then it is a fairly flat walk around the basin on the boardwalk. There Is another area you walk back up to near the beginning that gives you views down into and across the basin. Theres no real cut throughs on this walk so you will have to walk the loop or turn back on yourself to get back.

5 | Yellowstone NP:      BACK BASIN TRAIL
Distance:  2mi / 3.2km     Elevation:  7,520ft / 2,292m     Elevation Gain:  40ft     Difficulty:  Easy
This trail was another easy walk. There is a fairly flat walk to begin before it drops down into the basin. It is another flat walk around the basin and even though this walk was longer it didn't feel it as there were so many different springs to see. You walk down to the hot springs and then it is a fairly flat walk around the basin on the boardwalk. There are different areas where you can look out across a lot of the trail. There is also a cut through half way across this loop so you don't have to walk the whole thing and could just cover half.

6 | Yellowstone NP:      SLOUGH CREEK TRAIL 
Distance: 2mi / 3.2km   Elevation: 6,279ft/1,913m   Elevation Gain: 400ft   Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
We walked to the first meadow, which took about 45 minutes each way. The weather was cloudy when we started and cleared a bit by the time we finished the trail. It is a fairly easy walk with a few steeper areas but nothing too challenging and you walk down into the meadow. There are usually a lot of wildlife and bear sightings on this trail. We didn't see any but we did see some animal tracks near the meadow. There were some amazing views here and it was really atmospheric with the low fog in the early crisp morning. The full trail is 25 miles and goes all the way up to Montana, so it was nice to walk part of it and realise how big Yellowstone is on the way.

7 | Yellowstone NP:      MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS
Distance:  1.75mi / 2.8km     Elevation:  6,735ft / 2,053m     Elevation Gain:  300ft     Difficulty:  Easy
This was one of my favourite trails! We were dropped off by our tour leader in the van at the top of this trail and walked the boardwalk down to meet the van again at the bottom. This didn't feel like a hike and was downhill all the way. The elevation wasn't an issue at all, although we walked this route quite slowly because there was so much to look at. The colours of the the hot springs and this hydrothermal area were amazing. The views and vistas made you forget you were walking nearly 2 miles, there was always something new too look at around every corner.

Distance:  0.8mi / 1.3km     Elevation:  7,270ft / 2,220m     Elevation Gain:  30ft     Difficulty:  Easy
This area of the park is in the Midway Geyser Basin. This was another walk that wasn't really a hike. It was a 30 minute walk around a large circular boardwalk, taking in the hot spring of Yellowstone and one of the most famous, the grand Prismatic Spring. It was a flat walk and goes really quickly whilst you take in the springs. Well worth the visit.
There was great view as you walked by the Excelsior Geyser. It was particularly amazing sight as it ran off into the Firehole river with the different colours that were created as the water ran down the rock into the river.

Distance: 3mi / 4.8km  Elevation: 6,800ft / 2,067m  Elevation Gain: 550ft  Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
This was a fun hike that started by walking round the banks of Jenny Lake. As we hike higher away from the lake we got a great panoramic view of the huge lake below and the mountains above. The views on this hike reminded me of some parts of the UK, there was lots of greenery. This hike was a slow gradient so it wasn't as steep as the other hikes despite climbing quite high.
We reached an area with a hidden waterfall and small clearing with space to sit. We had lunch here, although this area was very busy. We then started the hike down to the lake via a different route. There was a dock at this part of the lake where we could catch a boat back to near where we started. If we had hiked the whole of Jenny Lake it would be about a 5mile hike.
This hike took about 2 hours (with the boat ride back) and was a great hike because you got all different kinds of views of the lake and was one of the easier longer hikes I did on trek.

Distance:  2.5mi/4km    Elevation:  6,200ft / 1,860m    Elevation Gain:  400ft/120m    Difficulty:  Easy
This was a walk downhill to the giant sequoia trees which were spectacular. As we got to the base of the trail the trees where huge and part of the trail went through one of the sequoias with pretty amazing views through the tree. There were huge pinecones scattered everywhere which I've never seen anywhere else. The hike back up to the trailhead was only challenging due to the steepness of the trail, it is a wide and fairly shaded trail with all the trees which helps with the hike back up. We finished this hike quicker than expected in just under 1 1/2 hours.

Distance: 2mi / 3.2km   Elevation: 4,000ft / 1,200m   Elevation Gain: 3/400ft   Difficulty: Moderate
This trail is the first part of the Vernal and Nevada Falls trail. This trail is very busy and you will pass lots of people and move out of the way of other hikers. A small group of us decided we didn't want to do the full trail so hiked up to the footbridge. This was one of the harder hikes for me. Although not a huge distance, the terrain was quite steep in places and the constant climbing was the issue rather than the distance. It was still worth it though as the views were amazing even just from the footbridge. This round trip hike took about 1 1/2 hours. This is one hike where I wish I had gone a bit further onto the Mist Trail, where you get more amazing views of Vernal Falls. Some of our trek group went to the top of Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls. The rest of my small group didn't want to go further and as it had been quite strenuous, I didn't want to hike alone, and I wanted to explore other areas of the park I turned back with them. This is one hike I really want to come back to and go further on!

12 | Yosemite NP:      MIRROR LAKE TRAIL
Distance:  2.4mi / 3.8km     Elevation:  4,000ft / 1,220m     Elevation Gain:  100ft     Difficulty:  Easy
Everyone in our group that didn't go on the long hike in Yosemite walked this trail. Its a really easy flat trail in Yosemite Valley. It takes in forrest areas, rivers and ends up at Mirror Lake. There is a further trail you can take to Tenaya Canyon and loop around, but we went back after Mirror Lake as we wanted to visit some other areas of Yosemite. Even with bright sunshine it was a cool walk with the trees shading you most of the time. We saw a North Face photoshoot near the lake. The views you get at Mirror Lake are great but probably the least awe inspiring that we saw in Yosemite. Its known as Mirror Lake as it is a very clear lake reflects the rocks around it. You get very close to the base of half dome here and get a more unusual view by looking up to it. This walk probably took us just under an hour.

13 | Yosemite NP:      BRIDALVEIL FALL TRAIL
Distance:  1.2mi / 2km     Elevation:  4,000ft / 1,200m     Elevation Gain:  200ft     Difficulty:  Easy
Me and one other trekker use the park bus system to get to the trailhead from Yosemite Valley. This was one of the shortest trails we did. It was an easy walk and not very steep. As we were there in May the fall was till running but there wasn't much water flowing and it was more of a mist that blew about in the breeze. It was pretty to see but its probably better earlier or much later in the season when its flowing well. If you want an easy trail this is it and before you start you are also near the base of El Capitan so you also get a great view looking up at it before and after you finish your trail on the other side of the road to the falls.


Distance:  5.2mi / 8.3km   Elevation:  4,000ft / 1,219m   Elevation Gain:  1500ft   Difficulty:  Difficult
This was the toughest hike I did across both treks! It didn't help that we didn't get here and start hiking until mid afternoon, so it was the hottest part of the day. It must have been between 30/40 degrees celsius. I took a lot of water and used most of it. There were also rangers on the trail checking if people had enough water. There were lots of other hikers and the encouragement was great. There were also some areas of shade where we went past the switchbacks and further up and into the rocks. These switchbacks were some of the most difficult I have ever walked it was pretty steep.
I was hoping to make it to Scouts Lookout (The main viewpoint before Angels Landing - 2.1 miles and 1,070ft), but was overheating way to much and was a lot slower than the rest of the group. Knowing there were another set of switchbacks before Scouts Landing put paid to that aim for me! I had to stop I waited in the shade while our tour leader went on to tell the rest of the group at Scouts Landing that we would be turning back. I was so grateful to the tour leader, he stuck with me the whole way and although I felt bad that he wouldn't get the amazing views because I couldn't manage it we took a slow walk back down and walked down to the river to cool off and take it the views from there.
So I made it to just before the wiggles and still got great views from a place called Refrigerator Canyon. My shorter trek must have been just short of 2 miles and just under 1,000ft - still not bad going!
It still turned out to be a great hike even though I was hugely disappointed I didn't make it to Scouts. If it had been earlier in the day or if we had had more time for the hike I would have made it. We didn't have too much time as we had a long drive to Bryce Canyon after we finished. Not everyone made it to Angels Landing and despite my disappointment I did still get some great views from over halfway up…and at least it gives me a reason to go back again when I'm a bit fitter right!

Distance: 3mi / 4.8km   Elevation: 9,100ft / 2,778m   Elevation Gain: 521ft   Difficulty: Moderate
This was my favourite hike across both treks. We walked from Sunrise Point to Sunset Point. It took a couple of hours and we were pressed for time again here as we had a long drive afterwards. This was the downside to a mini trek there was not really enough time for doing big hikes but these places were the most beautiful of the trip so we pushed ourselves. The colours were amazing.
This hike suited me as we started it early morning after sunrise and breakfast so it was much cooler in the day and I managed it all! We walked down into the Canyon on a loop trail and it was steep coming back up with more switchbacks than I managed at Zion. It was tough on the thighs. But it was worth it for the views. It was amazing to walk between and through the orange hoodoos and get some amazing views. The push for time made the switchbacks and the end of the hike particularly tough but I had a huge sense of accomplishment and the views were so amazing I forgot to film any of it!Photos do not do this place justice. Im so glad Bryce was included in this trek it was my favourite place.
I definitely want to go back to Bryce on another trek where I have more time to explore!

Distance: 1.8mi / 2.89km   Elevation: 7,260ft / 2,212m   Elevation Gain: 600ft   Difficulty: Moderate
We had the choice to walk some of the south rim trail but all of our trek group chose to hike into the Grand Canyon to reach Ohh Ahh Point where there were some amazing panoramic views. Hiking into and out of the Grand Canyon is bucket list business!
This trail is fairly busy and you get encouragement from all the hikers on your way back up. The hike down to the point was great, all downhill, although with it being so steep it did hurt the legs a little. We stayed at Ohh Ahh Point for a good 45 minutes before hiking back up. It took us about 1 /12 - 2 hours including the 45 minute break at Ohh Ahh Point. The hike back up is the hard part, theres no real let up, its the steepest trail I walked on trek. There were lots of switchbacks but there are also some parts that flatten out. We took short breaks every now and again on the way back up for water breaks and to catch our breath. The main problem with the hike back up this trail is that theres no real shaded areas, you'll need quite a bit of water for the hike back up. Its totally worth it though for the view and we did hike quicker than we expected so had a big sense of achievement when back at the top and looking at the views back down into the canyon!

I also wanted to make this list to see all the hikes I went on during trek, and what I achieved. We walked a wonder I was so tired!
There's nothing better than being rewarded with amazing views that you have earned by working for them.

Let me know in the comments if this is useful guide!

Are you going on a trek or trip that will take in any of these places? or have you been on some of these hikes, what did you think of them?


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