This summer I hiked to the top of the highest peak in New York State, Mt. Marcy at 5344 feet high. The hike was a fifteen mile round trip and over 4000 ft in elevation gain. It pretty well kicked my butt, especially on the way back down. For me there is a great pleasure derived from setting out with a destination point as your goal and then actually achieving it. Not to mention the stunning views, sublime vistas, and proximity to wildlife. Some of the most notable hikes I've ever done are; Half-Dome at Yosemite, Angels Landing at Zion National Park, The Kalalau Trail in Kauai, Hawaii, South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon National Park, Mt. Scott at Crater Lake National Park, Cadillac Mountain at Acadia National Park, and Mt. Equinox in Vermont.