On Sunday Bob, Panda and myself hiked from Chinook Pass at Hwy SR410 to dewey Lake and back to the car. It was a long day as we were up around 4am to drive from Vancouver to Chinook Pass, hike and drive home. The downside to section hiking as day trips.
This trail was really crowded too which really slowed us down. We met thru-hikers, and people out hiking for the day. I think I am a bit of a hiking snob as I am reminded of what hiking used to be like in the 70's - 90's when trails were much less crowded and people took hiking as a more serious endeavor. The attitude now is everyone is a hiker and hiking is no more serious than walking around your neighborhood.
It's hard to really enjoy the views when people are surrounding you at the viewpoints. Plus constantly stopping to let people pass or to pass people along the trail.
On the plus side hiking is more accessible to everyone.
I am an avid walker and hiker. My favorite is a long hike. I also enjoy taking off and going on a meandering walk for a few hours. I've hiked rim to rim in the Grand Canyon and I did 3 Burning Boot Walks on Vancouver Island.