Just Hiking

An extensive collection of low-quality trip reports.

This is a personal website that includes photos and a short narrative from my hiking, scrambling, backpacking, and climbing adventures over the last 20 years. Take a look if you are interested.

James Just

Hikes By Year

1998   2001   2004   2007   2010   2013   2016   2019
1999   2002   2005   2008   2011   2014   2017   2020
2000   2003   2006   2009   2012   2015   2018   2021

This site was developed to give you the opportunity to experience some of the views and sights that I have witnessed while hiking in Idaho and Colorado.  Hopefully you will enjoy browsing through some of the photos, statistics, and descriptions of trips that I have posted.  The trip reports from 1998 to 2001 are primarily in northern Idaho.  From 2001 to 2003, I spent most of my time in the central and eastern mountains of Idaho.  Since 2003 I have lived in Colorado with hikes and climbs all over the state.

I am essentially a fair weather day hiker with only the occasional backpacking trip.  As a result, most of the hikes I have done can easily be completed in a day.  My hiking has evolved over the years.  I started out with short hikes to lakes and low peaks.  At the end 2002, my focus shifted to peak bagging and reaching the summit of bigger mountains through a combination of hiking and scrambling.

I'm still peak bagging, but in addition to trail hiking and off-trail class 3 scrambling, I have now added many snow climbs and winter hikes to my resume.  In addition, more recent years have found me doing a small amount of easy technical rock climbing and a fair amount of ice climbing.  I took a few years off around 2015 and my hiking time shifted to family and significantly more mountain biking.  I picked up ice climbing again in the 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 seasons.  I haven't done much rock climbing for several years.



I kept the momentum going from 2017 and continued to do a fair amount of easy and moderate ice climbing into 2018.  I had the desire and was excited to get out again.  After 10 years, I finally returned to Cody, Wyoming, for a climbing trip in February with Brian Kooienga and Kevin Smith.  A good friend of mine, Justin Brown, invited me to join him backpacking the Grand Canyon in March.  I also made another trip to southwest Colorado in April to get a few ice climbs in that Kevin, Brian, and I had been wanting to do for years.  I really didn't do much hiking in the second half of the year, but getting out climbing again early in the year was good for me.  I spent the second half of the year mountain biking and got 100 rides and almost 1,400 miles in, which included a couple of trips to Moab, Utah.

01. Pumphouse Falls (10)
02. Hidden Falls (5)
03. Ouray Ice Park (21)
04. Second Gully (3)
05. Lincoln Falls (20)
06. The Main Vein
07. Oh Be Joyful
08. Broken Hearts Light
09. Jewel Lake Ice
10. Grand Canyon
11. Tonys Nightmare (2)
12. Sherman Climb (2)
13. Campground Couloir
14. Direct North Face
15. Tempered By Fire
16. Black Lake Slabs
17. Harney Peak (3)
18. Crow Peak
19. Mount Guyot
20. Mount Bierstadt (4)
21. Liberty Cap (7)
22. Mount Garfield (7)


After a couple of years with nominal hiking and climbing, 2017 was kind of my return to the mountains.  I didn't go crazy, but I certainly got out much more this year when compared to 2015 and 2016.  My snow climbing season was motivated by a planned trip to hike the Wyoming state highpoint in July.  My long-time climbing partner Brian also coaxed my back into ice climbing in the Fall.  I actually went ice climbing 22 times in the 2017/2018 ice climbing season.  I also went on 51 rides and over 700 miles on my mountain bike.  Since I stopped maintaining my original website in 2014, the pictures are limited from 2015 through 2018 as they weren't a priority the few times I did get out.

01. Hully Gully (9)
02. Penitente Canyon
03. Bear Butte
04. Torreys Peak (13)
05. Apache Peak/Navajo Peak
06. Grays Peak (11)
07. Torreys Peak (14)
08. Mount Edwards (2)/Grays Peak (12)
09. Gannett Peak
10. Torreys Peak (15)
11. Maxwell Falls
12. Three Tiers (4)
13. Lincoln Falls (17)
14. All Mixed Up (6)
15. Lincoln Falls (18)
16. West Gully (4)
17. Hully Gully (10)
18. Lincoln Falls (19)