Hiking

Grab your pack and get outdoors with Moon. With hiking-specific guidebooks and expert advice from our authors, we have what you need to find the perfect trek.

Norway’s Pulpit Rock Hike

Also known as Pulpit Rock, Preikestolen is the region’s biggest tourist attraction. A cubed cliff 604 meters (1,982 feet) above the Lysefjord, Preikestolen is known around the world for the photographs of tourists dangling their feet over the ledge. Whether you choose to engage in that daring activity or not, the hike to Preikestolen is a worthwhile activity in itself.

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Michigan Fall Colors: Four Days on the Upper Peninsula

The Upper Peninsula offers one of the nation’s best yearly displays of fall colors. Collectively, the area’s assortment of flaming maples, oaks, and various other hardwoods reveal a truly stunning palette of reds, ambers, and yellows—balanced with a fair amount of aquamarine from the high number of evergreens. During the weeks prior to your trip, monitor the fall color reports via the media and be prepared to change your plans as necessary.

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Recreation in Kachemak Bay State Park

One of the largest coastal parks in Alaska and in the nation, Kachemak Bay State Park spreads for 200 miles along the southwestern edge of the Kenai Peninsula. Within the park’s 400,000 acres are glaciers, high mountains, lakes, islands, beaches, and a scenic rocky shoreline. Highlighted by constantly changing weather patterns, the park’s outstanding scenery is a backdrop for high-quality recreation.

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Featured Hiking Guide

Moon Guides Author Spotlight

Melissa Ozbek

Originally from North Salem, New York, Melissa Ozbek fell in love with hiking in Washington State when she hiked to the summit of Mount St. Helens for the first time. Since then she has hiked hundreds of miles throughout the state, from beachside strolls to alpine lakes to spectacular mountain summits.

In 2015, she became a hiking guide correspondent and contributor to the Washington Trails Association, writing and researching trail descriptions on wta.org. In addition to writing, Melissa loves photographing trailscapes and is always looking to capture a hike’s distinctive personality. In her free time she enjoys finding NPR podcasts and audiobooks to listen to on her drives to hikes, cooking and baking, paddle boarding, playing piano, and going for walks along Lake Washington with her husband, Onur. Check out her work at melissaozbek.com.

Melissa Ozbek is the author of Moon 75 Great Hikes Seattle.