Category Archives: Strenuous Hikes

Mount Tammany Loop (Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, NJ)

At the Delaware Water Gap, part of a broader National Recreation Area bearing its name, the Delaware River slices through a weakness in the mountains, forming a picturesque valley on the border of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Two peaks, part … Continue reading

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Mount Monadnock via White Dot Trail (Monadnock State Park, NH)

Derived from an Abenaki word, “monadnock” is used by geologists to describe a mountain that stands alone, rising abruptly from a plain and separate from a broader mountain range. Mount Monadnock (3,165’) in southern New Hampshire aptly fits the description: … Continue reading

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Whiteoak Canyon – Cedar Run Trail Loop (Shenandoah National Park, VA)

The nearly 8-mile trail up Whiteoak Canyon and down Cedar Run is easily one of the most scintillating loop hikes in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park and features a string of excellent waterfalls that is perhaps unparalleled in the state. Except … Continue reading

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Duncan Knob and Stricker Knob Loop (George Washington National Forest, VA)

This excellent hike combines two of the finest summits in northern Virginia in a strenuous circuit with considerable elevation gain and loss. The trek up Duncan and Strickler Knobs is not for the casual hiker; it involves significant climbs and … Continue reading

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Big Devils Stairs (Shenandoah National Park, VA)

Despite being in Shenandoah National Park’s busy North District, the Big Devils Stairs hike is relatively free of crowds, leaving visitors alone to explore one of the area’s most spectacular metabasalt gorges. Most hikers will turn around at the primary … Continue reading

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Top 10 Hikes in 2017

2017 is nearly in the books, and it’s been a banner year for Live and Let Hike. Viewership reached new heights (roughly 85,000 and 167,000 page views in 2017), and I added 76 new posts this year that covered hikes, … Continue reading

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Appalachian Trail – Maryland Section 1: Pen Mar to Raven Rock Hollow, including High Rock & Devil’s Racecourse (South Mountain State Park, MD)

After 229 miles in Pennsylvania, the Appalachian Trail (AT) spends a relatively brief 41 miles running through Maryland, mostly following the lengthy ridgeline of South Mountain. While thru-hikers will breeze through the state in 2-3 days, day-trippers can complete the … Continue reading

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Seneca Greenway – Seneca Bluffs Trail Loop (Seneca Creek State Park, MD)

Montgomery County’s Seneca Creek State Park offers quiet isolation in one of Maryland’s most densely populated areas, particularly the park’s wild southern section. Here two moderate paths—the Seneca Greenway Trail and Seneca Bluffs Trail—snake through the Seneca Creek stream valley … Continue reading

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The Beehive Loop (Acadia National Park, ME)

With its sweeping views and hair-raising ascent, the Beehive Trail is one of Acadia National Park’s most iconic hikes. Along with the Beech Cliff Trail, Jordan Cliffs Trail, and Precipice Trail, Beehive is one of the park’s four “iron rung … Continue reading

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Acadia Mountain Loop (Acadia National Park, ME)

The Acadia Mountain Loop is a challenging hike on Acadia National Park’s quieter west side that affords fantastic views of Mount Desert Island, Echo Lake, and Somes Sound. Granite outcrops make for excellent vantage points—but also significant obstacles—on this 2.9-mile … Continue reading

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