We had a fantastic year and made lots of happy memories! Every year in December I look forward to writing this post. It’s always fun to look back and recap what we did and think about what we want to do next year.
In 2017, we explored 52 trails in total and 30 of them were new to us. We took a few road trips and explored new territories too. Even so, our biggest adventure of 2017 was trying camping for the first time! We stepped out of comfort zone and tried something new and loved it. I am happy to see that you enjoyed our camping adventures as well.
Without further ado, here is a roundup of the most popular posts from this year. I had fun collecting them. I hope you enjoy it!
*Click on the name of the post below to get the full story and hiking guide
Top 3 Most Liked Overall in 2017:
Top 3 Most Liked Hiking Stories in 2017:
It’s obvious you guys like my road trip hiking stories. We like those hikes the best too!
#3 – Big Pine Lakes
Top 3 Most Commented in 2017:
#3 – Two posts tied for the 3rd place
#1 – Two posts tied for the 1st place
Top 3 Most Viewed in 2017:
Now here is my personal list…
Most Beautiful Hike: Big Pine Lake
We were very lucky this year and were able to explore many beautiful places. It was tough to choose but I decided to go with Big Pine Lake hike in the Eastern Sierra. This trail is beautiful from beginning to the end. I can’t wait to do it again!
Most Challenging Hike: Cucamonga Peak
Not only it’s 12 miles round-trip but it has an elevation gain of 4,061′. But the real challenge for me was the mental aspect. 10 years ago, I had my first anxiety attack here triggered by acrophobia. Finally this year I was able to conquer my fears. This was a challenging and meaningful hike.
Most Memorable Hike: Duck Lake Pass
This was a beautiful, challenging and fun hike! This was an introduction to Inyo National Forest for us and we were instantly smitten with its breathtaking beauty. One hike with 3 gorgeous alpine lakes? YES anytime!!! This was also our first time to hike exceeding 10,000 feet.
Most Fun Hike: Mt Williamson
One of my adventure goals for this summer was a sunset hike in the Angeles National Forest. Hiking in the dark was an exhilarating experience even with the mosquitoes! The sunset was stunning as I hoped and I got some beautiful shots. Celebrating my birthday with our friends at the summit with chilled wine was an icing on the cake!
Most Fun Writing: Solo Travel and Hiking with Dog
I’ve been meaning to write a post about solo hiking but never got around to it until this year. I was happy to see that this is the most viewed post of the year.