Welcome to Hiketreks!

I am happiest when hiking! My hiking buddies and I train with day hikes in the mountains of Northern California and in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Every year we  tackle a 2 to 3 week trek, usually in Europe.  While I love to hike, I’m not too crazy about carrying a lot of camping gear, so we stay in mountain huts, B&Bs or small hotels, carrying much lighter packs!

Check out my detailed (but not turn-by-turn) trip writeups below.  Or, if you are just here for the pics, there is no shortage of Instaworthy scenery, Swiss cows wearing bells and fun people I have met along the way!


 In later 2023, Kathy will tackle the Adlerweg trail, 200 miles across Austria. Her trip photos and commentary will follow!

 2020 – 2022:  COVID and other restrictions prevented Kathy from enjoying her annual distance hikes.  

Heather Lake, Hyalite 1         2019 – Day Hiking from Bozeman (Montana)

Postlip Hall         2019 – The Cotswold Way (Southern England)

view from Colley Hill        2019 – The North Downs Way (South East England)

sybil point
2018 – Trekking in Ireland


2017 – The Traumpfad or “Dreamway” Trek  


2016 Alpine Pass Route


2015 Offa’s Dyke Path


2014 – Waterton National Park and Glacier National Park
(Canada and US)


Dachstein vista
2013 – Dachsteinrundwanderweg (“Dachstein circular hike”)


This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is mont-blanc-feature-2-1024x531.jpg        2011 – Tour du Mont Blanc (France/Italy/Switzerland)

       2010 – Coast to Coast  (England)   west to east

C2C feature        2009 – Coast to Coast  (England)  east to west  


The following links provide insights into my planning and training processes.

Clothing, Gear and Preparation.

Day Hikes in California

As you read these blogs, realize that my intention is to give you a flavor of the walk, not a turn-by-turn narrative. 

Now available! “Hiketreks: Trekking in Wales and Ireland” – a hardbacked, 158 page, full-color volume of my hikes in southern Ireland and of “Offa’s Dyke Path” – the length of the Welsh border with the UK.  This volume contains the pictures and text presented with those hikes in the 2015 and 2018 hikes listed above.  To purchase, follow the link: Hiketreks: Happiest when Hiking: Trekking in Ireland and Wales: Wharton, Kathy: 9781950562404: Amazon.com: Books