About this Hiker

Happy dude

Sandia Mountains, 2013

I am a writer, a hiker, and a music lover. In the past I was an English teacher and a firefighter.  I am a husband and father, and while I have wonderful friends, I often hike solo.  Many of my fondest memories and some of my deepest regrets involve hiking or climbing,  Beyond  trip reports, I want to write about how humans interact with their environments and the paradoxes inherent in such endeavors. I want to write about crazy adventures,  foolish mistakes, and unique personalities.   Some posts may only be tenuously connected to hiking.   I hope to continue improving my page. Life has changed a lot in the past year.  I now am writing full time.  Please check out my website at www.joshbakerwriter.com and if you know anyone who could use writing services, please pass along my contact information.   Thanks.

Happy hiking, reading, and dreaming–



Straight outta the Pacific Northwest, where men are men, and the roads are mossy….

  1. Looking for Gifford Pinchot hikes I found your blog. Surprised I was. Beautiful pictures. And I’m guessing you’re from New England? Not recently updated, but: http://www.2xyellow.blogspot.com

    -Josh Baker (It’s true.)

    • Ha ha. Funny thing is that someone mistook me for another Josh Baker recently via email. Weird. I lived in small town New York until I was 11, when I moved to Oregon, and I am going to try to explore Washington more. Thanks for the comments. I will definitely check out your blog.

  2. patriciaddrury

    Wow, you have seen many “Happy Trails” by your photos. Looking forward to vicariously hikin with you from my computer!! LOL 🙂

  3. Do you mind if I use some of your pictures as reference for my artwork? As of yet, I’m unsure which ones I may use, but there’s some good stuff there and it’d be a great help!

  4. hi! thanks for visiting my blog. your blog is amazing! beautiful places you’ve been to! 🙂

  5. Thanks for visiting my blog, Josh – am enjoying yours as well!

  6. Thanks for stopping by and liking, Fruits of Labor. You have a nice blog with good info.

  7. Hi, I’ve nominated you for the Reader Appreciation Award.

  8. Thanks for checking out my blog and reading one of my recent posts! I’m just getting started with blogging. I’m definitely going to check out your postings with all of your adventures!

  9. Looks like some great hiking and photography! (KInd of like milk and cookies.) Nice posts covering both!

  10. Thank you for visiting my Blog. I see now why you liked the picture!

  11. Thanks for stopping by and liking “Weathered Barrier”. I share your passion for hiking! So thanks or sharing your photos and adventurers!

  12. Thanks for the follow – hike on!

  13. Thanks for visiting my blog. I will follow your adventures. I especially appreciate your urban hikes; I will send them to the Seattle Girls School faculty who prepare urban adventures for our 5-8 grade girls.

  14. The Pacific Northwest – lucky you. I like this blog, Josh. Glad you found me and vice-versa.

  15. thanks for stopping by my blog. i’m loving yours. we live in a most amazing city, sir! i am excited to check out some of the walking/hiking spots you’ve blogged about.

  16. Thanks for visiting my blog and allowing me to discover yours! My husband and I are looking for some new hikes to try out this summer…we didn’t get out much last summer because we had a newborn.

  17. Thanks for liking my post about window seats and the potentially beautiful views from them, Josh! What locations, natural or human-made, have you seen from an airplane that stands out in your mind? Also, aisle, window (or middle…)?

    • I remember flying over the Rockies and trying to identify the amazing peaks and lakes I saw a few years ago. I think it was southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico. That time I had a window seat. I have also seen our Northwest volcanoes, mostly Hood and Adams, when coming or going, from window and middle seats. I prefer the former. Cheers!

  18. I, too, enjoy lacing up the boots and heading out with my backpack and camera. Thank you so very much for visiting my blog. I look forward to reading about your next adventure.

  19. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Much appreciated!

    Have a great weekend!

  20. Your photos remind me of the lush green Oregon hills and make me want to head up there again soon.

  21. I already responded to your “like” of my photograph (thanks once more!)–it was of Steigerwald National Wildlife Refuge–but wanted to check out your blog, too! It looks great and I am now following it.

  22. Nice blog, like your style of writing and would love to hike that area. Jackie Chan – that’s an awesome dog name.

    • Thanks for stopping by. Come on out if you get a chance; we have lots of great hikes. Staff members at the pound gave it to him, we thought it was cool, so we kept it. Just like the actor, he does all his own stunts, too. 🙂

  23. You’ve got a great blog. Thanks for checking mine out, too. Any recommendations for hiking near Seattle?

    • Thanks. Unfortunately, I don’t know the Seattle area that well. Tiger Mountain near the suburb of Issaquah, or further afield is the amazing Mount Rainier. I suspect there is some good stuff near Snoqualmie Falls east of the city. And if you have a few days, I’d recommend hiking in to Goat Rocks, a beautiful alpine area.

  24. Hiked the AT yet? (Appalachian Trail)

  25. Hi. Thank you for the visit, 😀

  26. There is something special about Middle School teachers, because I am one too!

  27. hey, josh!
    somebody once told me…not necessarily about the northwest pacific, where we both live, but more generally about the West coast….he said “Where the smiles last longer, where the handshakes are stronger…THAT is the West!”
    ive been on the west coast some time now…im a refugee from the east coast of canada (brrr!), and i think what that guy said was true!

  28. The PAC NW is such a beautiful area! The best to you Josh and thanks for your blog!

  29. Great blog!! Thanks for sharing your adventures. If you ever make it down to the Chihuahuan Desert look me up. Cheers.

  30. Love your intention and your blog. Thanks for sharing.

  31. Love your hiking blog! I too have a hiking in Oregon section on my website. I’d love to do some sort of blogger collaboration one of these days!

  32. Josh,

    I hope you don’t mind…but I nominated you for a blog award…

    As part of this acceptance post, I am to nominate 10 other blogs that inspire. These blogs inspire me and I am most happy that you are There and Communicate! 🙂

    Art Towards a Happy Day

    Hiking Northwest

    the recovery of words

    Ramblings from Jewels

    Green Light Lady

    da Ponte Photography


    Rethinking Life

    Joy, Fitness & Style

    Dancing in the Rain

    ~~If nominated, in order to “accept” the award, you must follow these guidelines:
    * Thank the person who nominated you for the award.
    * Add the One Lovely Blog logo image to your acceptance post.
    * Share 7 facts/or things about yourself.
    * Nominate 10 bloggers you admire and inform nominees by commenting on their blog.

    Here is the link:



    • Andy, I really appreciate your thoughtfulness, but I am not feeling very award worthy as a blogger right now. For various reasons, my life is overly focused on work right now. This gives me hope, though, so Hopefully I can figure out some time management tricks to get more balanced! Best of luck. Love your work.


  33. Thanks for following Sawyer’s adventures Josh! Looking forward to reading more of your blog! ~Uschi

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