Trails Worth Hiking

Trails Worth Hiking

On Trails Worth Hiking, we bring you the most interesting backpacking and trekking routes in the world. Every trail has a story. In the first part of each episode, we tell you the stories behind the trail. In the second part, we tell you how to hike the trail. In each episode, guests who have hiked the trail join Jeremy, our host, to talk about the experience of hiking it. Join us on each episode as we hear the story, then hike the trail.


April 10, 2024 100 mins

Listener and photographer Christian Paul joins Jeremy to talk about his epic adventure on the Uinta Highline Trail.  This amazing long-distance trail traverses the highest mountain range in Utah.  The trail crosses several high mountain passes and gives the hiker views of glaciated landscapes dotted with alpine lakes brimming with trout.  And Christian talks about the important life changes he made to be able to undertake this chal...

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Listener Dane Schuckman joins Jeremy to talk about Dane's hike of the Art Loeb trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina.  Dane takes us through this multi-day hike along ridges and over peaks in the wild high country of this part of North Carolina.  And Jeremy tells the story of Art Loeb, the man behind the name of this rugged and challenging trail.

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January 15, 2024 72 mins

Author Suzanne Roberts joins Jeremy to talk about her hike in Spain on the Camino de Santiago.  In fact, Suzanne hiked more than one of the Caminos to Santiago de Compostela.  And Jeremy recounts the interesting history and legend of the Camino de Santiago.  Also, Suzanne talks about the new edition of her book, Almost Somewhere, about her first thru hike of the John Muir Trail.
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December 17, 2023 63 mins

Listener Mimi Cortes joins Jeremy to talk about her thru hike of the little-known Yorkshire Wolds Way in England.  Mimi tells Jeremy about the wonderful medieval towns and beautiful countryside that hikers experience on this week-long adventure.  And we learn about one of England's most famous outlaws who, in the 1730s, frequented one of the inns along the trail.
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October 27, 2023 74 mins

Listeners Rachel and Beth Irvine join Jeremy to talk about their hike on the Trans-Catalina Trail across the length of Santa Catalina Island off the coast of Southern California.  And learn about the island's unlikely history, which includes baseball spring training, the first movie theater for talking motion pictures, and bison!

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September 24, 2023 83 mins

Author Nadine Slavinski joins Jeremy to talk about her hike of the Laugavegur Trail in Iceland.  This four-day adventure crosses a wide variety of beautiful terrain, including volcanic landscapes, glaciers, and verdant valleys.  And learn about one of Iceland's most interesting sagas, a wild tale of revenge and murder.
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August 23, 2023 81 mins

Writer Elisha Rubacha of the blog Elisha Hikes joins Jeremy to talk about her thru hike of the Bruce Trail, Canada's oldest and longest marked footpath, which traverses the Niagara Escarpment in Ontario.  With the help of some very generous trail angels, Elisha and her mother hiked the entire route of over 900 kilometers spending each night in their camper van.  The trail starts near iconic Niagara Falls and finishes on the Br...

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July 22, 2023 63 mins

Listener Steph Lancaster joins Jeremy to talk about her hut-to-hut hike on the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah National Park.  This unique segment of the AT allows hikers to stay in lodges each night as they hike through a portion of Shenandoah National Park on America's most famous long-distance trail.
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May 29, 2023 73 mins

Listener Angela Kaplar joins Jeremy to talk about her thru hike of the Waitukubuli Trail on the Caribbean island nation of Dominica.  This trail of more than 100 miles traverses mountainous, dense, tropical jungle and crosses the entire island.  Angela and Jeremy also discuss some of the interesting flora and fauna of Dominica, as well as its welcoming people.
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April 30, 2023 101 mins

Friend of the show Tony Wong joins Jeremy to talk about their hike together on the Tahoe Rim Trail, a 165-mile loop around Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America.  This adventure has everything: deep forested wilderness, amazing views of the lake, granite backcountry, and passing through resort areas where you can resupply at markets along the way.
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March 11, 2023 55 mins

In 2022, our host, Jeremy, attempted to do a multi-day hike every month of the year.  How did that work out?  On this special episode we find out.

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February 18, 2023 68 mins

Listener Alex Schoemann  joins Jeremy to talk about the Kaiserkrone trek around the Wilder Kaiser mountains in the Tyrol Alps of Austria.  This multi-day hut-to-hut and village-to-village trek allows trekkers to enjoy surprising solitude for a hike in the Alps that is so accessible to international travelers.  The hike provides trekkers a variety of terrain and interesting accommodations along the way.  And don't forget to lea...

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January 13, 2023 108 mins

Brian Sarvis, author of the Condor Trail Guide, and Aaron Owens Mayhew of Backcountry Foodie, join Jeremy to talk about the Condor Trail, the challenging backcountry route through the Los Padres National Forest in California.  The Condor Trail covers over 400 miles of tough hiking, including significant sections of cross-country travel.  Jeremy's introduction describes the trail's namesake bird, the California condor, whi...

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In this special episode, Asheville, North Carolina-based photographer Mike Poggioli joins Jeremy to talk about his experience photographing the Blue Ridge Mountains from hikes and overlooks along the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Mike also talks about his new book, Blue Ridge Dreaming, which showcases his work.  And Mike gives some great tips about how we can take better photos when we go hiking.
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November 10, 2022 133 mins

Neil Lapping, founder and CEO of Macs Adventure, joins Jeremy to talk about the West Highland Way, Scotland's premier long distance trail.  Before the interview, Jeremy recounts the stories of some of Scotland's most memorable historical figures.  After the interview, Jeremy walks us through his hike this past summer on the West Highland Way with his wife Andee, and their friends, the Kinsels, including with some audio fr...

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Listener Gary Black joins Jeremy to talk about Gary's hike in the Ausangate Nevado high in the Andes of Peru.  Gary tells us how he was able to successfully acclimatize to hike this high elevation circuit of one of the most beautiful ranges of the Andes.  Gary also gives good advice on how to have popular Rainbow Mountain to yourself, even if just for a while.  Jeremy starts the show by telling us about the pastoralists who li...

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In this episode Jeremy tells us about his and Andee's hike of the classic Grand Canyon backpacking route on the South Kaibab and Bright Angel trails.  Jeremy also recounts the amazing geologic history of the Grand Canyon.  And don't miss Jeremy's crucial advice about how you too can do this hike without having a permit in advance.

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August 1, 2022 74 mins

Listener Clay Ryan joins Jeremy to chat about the Wonderland Trail in Washington State.  This 93-mile loop trail circumnavigates Mount Rainier, the tallest mountain in the Cascade Range.  And Jeremy tells us about the mountain, including about the hidden ice caves on its summit.  Listen to the end to hear Clay's advice to new parents who love the outdoors.
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July 1, 2022 57 mins

Jeremy brings us his solo adventure along the Ohlone Trail in the wild and steep hills of the Coast Range in the San Francisco Bay Area.  In one weekend, this trip challenged Jeremy with wind, rain and even snow.  To set the scene, Jeremy tells the history of the Spanish missions in California.  And listen to the end to hear Jeremy answer one of his own "While I have you . . ." questions.

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June 1, 2022 61 mins

Timothy Latim, member of the hiking club Mountain Slayers Uganda, joins Jeremy to talk about the challenging trek to the summit of Margherita Peak in the Rwenzori Mountains of Uganda.  Jeremy gives us background on Uganda, the Rwenzoris, and the Bakonzo people who live in the region.   And listen to the end to hear Tim tell us about another enticing African adventure to the top of an active volcano.

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