Adventures into the Clouds

Our goal at cloudhiking is to help you get outdoors. We try hard to give the most current information for each adventure. If you need more information, we might have an answer, just ask!

Each Adventure Guide is written to entice you to get out there. When we look at the pictures, it makes us want to re-hike the trail or re-ride the greenways. When we look at the maps, we dream of the areas. We hope the Guides do the same for you.

News ... New puppy has arrived! He is still a puppy, but seems he has the right stuff.

In Tennessee, we have a few projects underway. There are new maps to Cummins Falls and Pickett State Park in the works. There is other Pickett news that will be coming soon ... it is very exciting. We also still have many trails to hike in Nashville and the surrounding areas as well as updating old maps and guides.

New Maps or Guides

(09/18/14) LSR - Phelps Lake Trails - Guide - guide to the Grand Teton National Park's popular moderate route that leads from the Preserve's Interpretive Center to Phelps Lake, goes around the lake, and then returns. Great photos!

(09/18/14) LSR Preserve's other Trails - abbreviated guide to the other trails of the Preserve (Aspen Ridge Trail, Boulder Ridge Trail, Connector, Phelps Lake Trail from Lake Creek Trail to Woodland Trail.)

(09/13/14) LSR - Phelps Lake Trails - Map - map to the Laurance S Rockefeller Preserve trails and the Phelps Lake Trail in Grand Teton National Park. Trails starting at the Interpretive Center Trailhead lead to miles of great trails and great views.

(09/03/14) South Mount Elbert Trail - trail guide to the East Ridge Route on Mount Elbert. Check out the North Elbert and South Elbert Trails. We did then together as a 'tour de Elbert.'

(08/26/14) North Mount Elbert Trail - trail guide to the popular route up the Northeast Ridge of Elbert.

(08/20/14) Skills - links to the many skill related pages (and some stories) from our Metro to Mountain Journal. Many series and individual entries. Check it out!

(08/20/14) Mount Elbert - (Map) Over the summer, while staying in Leadville, CO we re-hiked Mount Elbert, Colorado's highest peak. It was a fun hike and now we have the map complete. Enjoy! Oh, the guides will soon follow - we did two trails on the peak.

(05/17/14) Richland Creek Greenway - Metro Nashville Park. We orginally drew the map in 2009, and it needed revisions. The Richland Creek Greenway map is completely re-drawn. Load it onto your smart phone or geo-pdf reader and test it on your next walk, run, ride on this great greenway. We have also updated the Richland Creek Greenway pages (05/22/14)

(05/05/14) Sandbeach Lake - Rocky Mountain National Park. Another Wild Basin Area lake. With close access to the Park Entrance the trail climbs 4.3 miles to the lake. Most of the trail is moderate. The lake has great views of Mount Meeker's southern flanks.

(04/30/14) Finch Lake - Pear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Our first guide to the Wild Basin area of the Park. The lakes are about 4.5 miles and 6.5 miles from the Finch Lake Trailhead on good trails. The lakes are a must see.

(04/16/14) Wild Basin in Rocky Mountain National Park - (map only) the trails of the Wild Basin area of the Park. Many great trails to alpine destinations. We also hope to finish a couple of guides to the area before summer.

(3/28/14) Gregory Ridge Trail to Gregory Bald - From Gregory Ridge Trailhead the trail follows Forge Creek to the campsite and then climbs the ridge to Ridh Gap and the Gregory Bald Trail.

(3/13/14) Wolf Ridge Trail to Gregory Bald - Another guide to Gregory Bald from the Twentymile Trailhead.

(2/17/14) Long Hungry Ridge Trail to Gregory Bald - Guide to Gregory Bald route from the south, Twentymile Trailhead.

(2/7/14) Gregory Bald (map only) - Just uploaded the Gregory Bald Trail Map to Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The guide is soon to come. We also intend to hike the trails from Cades Cove and complete the map this Spring.

Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks for your support.

Happy trails to all, hope to see you on the trails somewhere.

Most Recently Added Guides

LSR - Phelps Lake Trails - Guide - Grand Teton National Park - popular moderate route around Phelps Lake.

LSR Preserve's other Trails - Grand Tetons, guide to the other trails of the Preserve (Aspen Ridge Trail, Boulder Ridge Trail, Connector, Phelps Lake Trail from Lake Creek Trail to Woodland Trail)

North Mount Elbert Trail - Sawatch Range, Colorado, guide to popular route that climbs the Northeast Ridge of Elbert.

Richland Creek Greenway - Nashville, a complete update of Greenway pages

Sandbeach Lake - Wild Basin area of Rocky Mountain National Park

Finch Lake - Pear Lake - Wild Basin area of Rocky Mountain National Park

Gregory Ridge Trail to Gregory Bald - Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Wolf Ridge Trail to Gregory Bald - Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Long Hungry Ridge Trail to Gregory Bald - Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Grand Teton Loop - Grand Teton National Park - WY

Lower Loop - Fall Creek Falls State Park - TN

Lawn Lake - Rocky Mountain National Park - CO

Hallett Peak, Flattop Mountain - Rocy Mountain National Park

Timber Lake - Rocky Mountain National Park - CO

Mount Ida, North Ridge - Rocky Mountain National Park - CO

Hidden Passage - Pickett State Park

Eagle Point Overnight Trail - Mousetail Landing State Park, Linden, TN

Keyhole Route - Rocky Mountain National Park - CO

Deer Mountain Trail - Rocky Mountain National Park - CO

Alum Cave Trail - Great Smoky Mountain Park - Tennessee

Standing Stone Park - Hilham, TN

Amphitheater Lake Trail - Grand Teton National Park - Wyoming

La Luz Trail - Sandia Mountains - New Mexico

Vaughn Creek Cross Country Trail - Warner Parks, Nashville

Pikes Peak - Barr Trail - Colorado Mountains

Cummins Falls State Park - Cookeville, TN

Grays and Torreys - Colorado Mountains

Virgin Falls State Natural Area - Sparta, TN

Lily Lake Trails - Rocky Mountain National Park

Estes Cone Peak - Rocky Mountain National Park

Short Springs State Natural Area - Tullahoma, TN

Twin Sisters Trail - Twin Sisters Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park

Ellington Agricultural Center Trails - Nashville

Wall Trail, Optional Trails - Old Stone Fort State Park

Alternate Trails, Garrison Loop - Old Stone Fort State Park

Patriot Lake Trail - Shelby Farms Park Conservancy

Chickasaw and Greenline Connector Trails - Shelby Farms Park Conservancy

Most Recently Added Maps

Map - LSR and Phelps Lake Trails - Grand Teton National Park - 13Sep14

Map - Mount Elbert, Colorado's Sawatch Range - 20Aug14

Map update - Richland Creek Greenway - 17May14

Map - Wild Basin, Rocky Mountain National Park - 16Apr14

Map - Gregory Bald, GSMNP - Smokies - 10Feb14

Map - Grand Teton Loop - 16Dec13

Map - Mummy Range Rocky Mountain National Park - 12OCT13

Map - Hallett Peak, Flattop Mtn - Rocky Mountain National Park - 02Sep13

Map - Mount Ida - Rocky Mountain National Park - 30May13

Map - Pickett State Park Trails - 09May13

Map - Mousetail Landing Trails - 11APR13

Map - Longs Peak Trails - Rocky Mountain National Park - 18Mar13

Map - Deer Mountain Trail - 17Feb13

Map - Mount Le Conte Trails - 02Feb13

Map - Standing Stone Park - 27Jan13

Map - Amphitheater Lake Trail - 13Dec12

Map Update (new) - Montgomery Bell Park - 03Dec12

Map - Angels Landing (Zion National Park) - 26Nov12

Map Update (new) - Cedars of Lebanon - 11Nov12

Map Update (new) - Beaman Park - 29Oct12

Map - La Luz Trail (New Mexico) - 08Oct12

Map - Vaughn Creek Cross Country Trail - 27Sep12

Map Update (new) - Radnor Lake - 17Sep12

Map Update (new) - Barfield Park - 03Sep12

Map - Barr Trail, Pikes Peak (CO)- 25Aug12

Map - Cummins Falls State Park - 23May12

Map Only - Hallett Peak (RMNP) - 05May12

Map Only - Fall Creek Falls - 12Apr12

Map - Grays and Torreys (CO) - 03Mar12

Map - Virgin Falls - 17Feb12

Map Only - Warner Parks Map - 04Feb12

Map - Estes Cone and Lily Lake (CO) - 27Dec11

Map - Short Springs Natural Area - 01Dec11

Map - Twin Sisters Trail (CO) - 16Nov11

Map - Ellington Agricultural Center - 26Oct11

Map - Old Stone Fort - 07Oct11

Map Only - Upper Loop at Fall Creek Falls - 16June11

Map Only - Alum Cave Trail & the Boulevard - Mount LeConte & Mount Kephart - updated - 15June11

Map - Shelby Farms Park Conservancy - 20May11

Colorado Fourteeners, 2009

For six months we planned the trip and in fifty-three days climbed the fifty-four peaks. It was a great summer adventure. There were things that we did right, things that we did wrong, and things that we just did because it was the next day! By the end of the summer we were fit and ready to climb, but also ready to be home in Tennessee. Thanks to all those who helped us complete our goals as well as all those who shared the experiences with us. We loved it.

The original cloudhiking site chronicling our trip with descriptions of each route is still an important part of this site. If you are interested in doing all or some of the Colorado Fourteeners, it is a must read.