Emily Noyd

  • Backpack over Koip Peak Pass

    This trip begins in Yosemite National Park and can be completed as an out-and-back or by hiking one-way to the Ansel Adams Wilderness and exiting at Silver Lake on the east side of the mountains. Start at the Mono/Parker Pass trailhead, a few mile...

    19 miles 2500 ft gain

  • Surf at Tairua Beach

    Tairua Beach offers a few pristine miles of turquoise waves and plenty of opportunities to enjoy the east coast of the North Island without the crowds. It's ideal for swimming, surfing, and body surfing. The waves are mellow enough for beginners a...

  • Hike to Mt. Hoffman

    The May Lake trailhead is at the end of a 2 mile unpaved road leading north from Tioga Road. The trailhead has pit toilets and bear lockers. (Please be sure to store any food, garbage, scented items, and empty coolers in these lockers while hiking...

    6 miles 2140 ft gain

  • Hike to Tuolumne Peak Plateau

    The most direct route begins at Murphy Creek trailhead, on the north side of Tioga Road near Tenaya Lake. Walk north on Murphy Creek trail for 2.5 miles with minimal elevation gain. Polly Dome Lakes are a great side trip via the social trail on th...

    12 miles 1800 ft gain

  • Hike to Cutthroat Pass

    Looking for a distinctive high-country hike just east of the pass? Cutthroat Pass is a hearty day hike perfect for gaining elevation and views with every step. It's even more dynamic as a point-to-point, exiting via the Pacific Crest Trail if you ...

    11 miles 2300 ft gain

  • Snowshoe to Park Butte

    From Highway 20 in Concrete, take a left on Baker River Rd (USFS #11). Follow to USFS #12, then USFS #13 which dead-ends at the trailhead (#603). A Northwest Forest Pass is required, as is a SnoPark Pass November-April.Starting at an elevation of ...

    7.5 miles 2200 ft gain

  • Hike to Sentinel Dome

    One of the most popular places in Yosemite for sunset is Glacier Point, but by walking one mile from the trailhead, the crowds quickly dissipate. Sentinel Dome is great for all ages since the trail is short and not too steep. Park at the Sentinel ...

    1.8 miles 400 ft gain

  • Backpack to Nelson Lake

    Head to any Yosemite wilderness station for a map, bear canister, and permit for Nelson Lake. The trail itself starts in the Tuolumne Campground at Elizabeth Lake trailhead. Follow the trail 2.2 miles up to Elizabeth Lake and remember the lake its...

    17 miles 1000 ft gain

  • Backpack to Lower Ottoway Lake

    The hike begins at Mono Meadows trailhead along Glacier Point Road, first descending 2.8 steep miles to Illilouette Creek. Above the Illilouette Junction, take in views of the Valley's granite domes before beginning the post-burn forested slog. Th...

    32 miles 2400 ft gain

  • Hike to Monogram Lake

    On a drizzly day, we set out to patrol Monogram Lake. Sore legs and thousands of feet later, we had the pristine lake all to ourselves with gorgeous fall weather and peek-a-boo views of the North Cascades.From Highway 20 in Marblemount, take Casca...

    9.8 miles 4500 ft gain

  • Kayak Camp Abel Tasman NP

    This beautiful national park can be explored by boat and/or by foot, so we decided to incorporate both before catching a jet boat back to Marahau. The entire coastal track is almost 50 km one-way without side trips, and the coastline can also be d...

    23 miles 328 ft gain

  • Backpack the Gillespie Pass Loop

    The Department of Conservation has offices throughout the South Island to provide detailed information and maps. Below is our experience as an abbreviated version of the route described here.This adventure begins in Makaroa, a barely-there town in...

    33.6 miles 4199.5 ft gain