Author Bio

Kristen Arendt

Kristen is a native Coloradan and longtime runner who enjoys running on the track, roads and now on the trails. When she isn’t running, she works as a trail content editor for Trail Run Project, where she now gets to spend her day dreaming about trails and adventuring—the perfect job since she can’t run 24/7. She is also known for being a bookworm and owning more running shoes than most people would consider socially acceptable. REI member since 2018.

Stories by Kristen Arendt...
Best Hikes in France

Best Hikes in France

France's varied and beautiful terrain makes it hard to pick only a handful of hikes to highlight. From the sun-soaked French Riviera and the rugged French Alps ...
Mountains in Death Valley National Park

Best Hikes in Death Valley

Towering 11,000-foot mountains, barren salt flats, sand dunes, deep canyons, expansive vistas and hidden oases make Death Valley National Park a hiker's playgro...
A wide trail heads into the trees.

Best Hiking Near Birmingham

Welcome to the Magic City. Tucked in the Appalachian foothills, Alabama’s largest metropolis earned it's nickname after it seemingly appeared overnight in the 1...
A dog hikes through a field of wildflowers.

Dog-Friendly Hikes in Colorado

Although it's difficult to officially poll them, we're pretty sure Colorado's dogs are some of the happiest pups around: There's no shortage of dog-friendly hik...
A multi-colored sunset viewed from the summit of Enchanted Rock.

Best Hikes Near Austin

Numerous city parks, well-groomed greenways, rugged greenbelts and the lovely Lady Bird Lake make Austin a unique city for outdoor explorers. With the Colorado ...
View of Torrey Pines State Reserve

Best Hikes Near San Diego

The temperate climate and varied topography of the greater San Diego area delivers an enjoyable getaway for hikers of all abilities. Whether you are looking for...
A multi-colored sunset at Isle Royale National Park.

Best Hikes in Michigan

The diverse landscape, scenic vistas and varied terrain of Michigan's many trail networks give hikers plenty to explore in the Great Lakes State. Whether you ar...
Hiking in Connecticut in the winter.

10 Top Hikes in Connecticut

Despite its small size, Connecticut offers both local and visiting hikers a variety of trail systems to explore. The parks and forests scattered throughout the ...
Two hikers on Quandary Peak

10 Top Hikes in Colorado

Colorado is known for its abundant sunny weather, mountain views and nearly year-round hiking opportunities. Hikers will enjoy pleasant spring weather along the...