Trails: A Love Story
Hikers share all kinds of on-trail experiences with us, including various displays of affection. Whether it's showing someone they love a new trail, a surprise marriage proposal, or a farewell to faithful hiking companions, we've gathered some touching on-trail moments here to celebrate Valentine's Day.
Hikers share all kinds of on-trail experiences with us in the trip reports they post. We've heard from people who shared a special trail with someone they love, seen marriage proposals, and read a touching farewell to faithful hiking companions. Here, we've gathered some lovely on-trail moments to celebrate Valentine's Day.
Do you have a great memory from a hike with a loved one? Let us know below in the comments.
A photo shoot to remember
Last year, Jonathan Gipaya and Rhys Logan (also a winner in our 2014 photo contest) took to the trail on an ambitious project: an engagement photo shoot at Hidden Lake Lookout. The photos from the session are truly stunning, and the video of their adventure is definitely worth a watch.
Night or day, Hidden Lake lookout made a stunning backdrop for the photo shoot.
"...stop for awhile to take pictures and devote your life to someone..."
Erin Yingling was surprised to find a particularly beautiful rock at the viewpoint of this Dirty Harry's Balcony.
"...the best weekend in the outdoors I have ever spent in my entire life."
Trip reporter Out 'Squatchin had a gorgeous weekend in the backcountry, complete with a lively approach to the lake where he proposed.
"Showing others the joy of the mountain."
Avid trip reporter Hikingqueen shared her love for Washington's iconic mountain with a couple of her relatives last summer.
"...teaching a toddler to hike."
MikeOnAHike and his wife are teaching their daughter to love nature by taking her hiking. A lot.
"...farewell to a couple old friends."
Paul Kriloff wrote a touching farewell to his trusty boots, which had seen him through years of trekking.
"A place for fairies to call home"
Trip reporter Herb got downright poetic when writing about Green Lake at Mount Rainier, and the photos he took are simply lovely.
"...a good, cleansing and healing meditation..."
The Intuitive Prospector sang the praises of Boulder River, a location where he goes for healing and meditation.
"The sweetest Valentine’s Day video you’ll watch this weekend"
If our community's love for trails isn't enough, check out this video from the Department of the Interior. They collected moments of love on trail from federal lands across the nation, and compiled them into a short but very sweet video.