About Michelle Louise


I am Michelle Louise and I created Hiking for Beginners because I’ve always wanted to be a hiker! I’ve wanted to hit the trails, especially in the mountains to see waterfalls and beautiful overlooks. I have always been keen on mini adventures but between raising kids, work and simply life, finding the time to start a new hobby was put on hold. Now as an empty-nester, I am excited to start my bucket list of trails and can’t wait to add more to the list!

I went straight from couch potato to hiker newbie…

One day, I decided no more waiting. I bought a book of waterfall trails in Virginia and West Virginia and a bucket list was made! I roped in a great friend and away we went. Well guess what?!? Despite our research, there were things we didn’t know, or didn’t really take seriously. Little nuances that we weren’t going to know until we were on the trail. Things that experienced hikers may not mention because for them, it is “common knowledge”.

If you are a newbie like me and looking for tips and tricks, I’m here for you! I have been on my first several hikes and I have fallen in love with it. Just ignore my heavy breathing and choice words when I’m almost to the top of a mountain but not quite there yet.   🙂

If you are also going from couch to trail (like me), please make sure you address any health concerns with your doctor before getting on those hiking shoes.

My Goal Is To Get You Excited About Getting On The Trail!

At the end of the day, I want to share my joy of hiking with you and hopefully encourage you to get started on your bucket list. I want to give you the knowledge I have gained as I’ve started out on this journey as a newbie just like you. I am also going to share everything I learn with each new hike! Have I mentioned how much I love it?

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to discuss them with you!

Happy Hiking,

Michelle Louise
w. hikingnewbies.com

e. michellelouise@hikingnewbies.com

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