Most hikes are pretty fun (even if sometimes the grueling ones are more type 2 fun), but there are aways those special ones that leave you thinking about them afterwards. So what sets one hike apart from another and makes it spectacular? 

For me, there are a few things:

  • The views

Living on the east coast, we don't have the same spectacular views around every corner that lots of western hikers are blessed with, so when a hike does provide lots of views and time above treeline, I tend to go back to it over and over again.

  • The wild berries

I'm a sucker for berry season. I could easily spend and hour or two in the middle of a hike picking wild blueberries or raspberries.

  • The swimming

Finally, I like a nice swimming hole at the end of a long day of hiking. Bonus points if I can jump off a rock into the water.

So what sets a hike apart for you, and elevates it to the next level?