Time: 6 hours
A great hike for those who like to start their day with physical activity, the early bird hike begins in the wee hours of the morning, before the sun comes up. Why so early? Because when you reach the peak of your hike, you get to sit and enjoy breakfast with a brilliant view of the sunrise. How’s that for a good morning?
Cody’s Early Bird Hike:
- Plan and prepare: Find a 6-12 mile route (round trip) that has a peak or designated viewing point. The peak will be your sunrise-watching, turnaround point.
- Leave early: Embark on your hiking route, budgeting about half an hour per mile, with the goal of reaching your halfway point around sunrise. You should check your local sunrise time, and time your hike accordingly.
- Hike: Walk at a steady pace, trying not to stop and rest until you reach your halfway point.
- Watch the sunrise: This is a great time to focus, destress, and get back in touch with your spiritual side. It would also be a fitting time to do Sun Salutations, meditate, or just eat the best darn breakfast ever.
- Return: Take your time hiking your return trip. Since you will be hiking downhill, don’t rush yourself, and take care to always land on bent legs to reduce the stress on your knees.
Don’t know where to hike? Alltrails.com is a great resource to help you choose a route in your area.