OK, here is what I got, it works OK and is esp cheaper/lighter than the dedicated TrekPod.http://www.trekmount.com/
While doing a quick search for the trekmount, I found these...http://www.briangreen.net/2011/07/trekking-pole-camera-mounts.html
(I thought the 'Stick Pic' was interesting.http://www.polepixie.com/
Also, Leki trekking poles have an interesting kit for $25 to conceal and reveal a camera mount inside the trekking pole handles.
There are more and more camera mountable trekking poles and staffs becoming available.http://www.rei.com/search?query=camera+pole
There is also this...http://www.dpreview.com/articles/6145161331/accessory-review-tamrac-zipshot-tripod
(I have one of these and with a bit of center weight and careful use, you can use it with a DSLR.)
XShot Pocket Telescopic Camera Extenderhttp://www.adorama.com/TPXSP1.htmlProper Tripods
This site really likes an expensive Gitzo and Gitzo is hard to beat. Lightweight is very important when hiking.http://photonaturalist.net/the-perfect-tripod-for-a-hiking-photographer/
I use a Carbon Fiber Manfrotto 190CXPRO3 but it's not as snazzy as the Gitzo and I don't take mine very often.http://www.adorama.com/BG190CXPRO3J.html
And if you were really good with knots and such, you could use a trekking pole with a 1/4-20 screw mount on the top and get three or four guy lines and stake them in the ground to secure the trekking pole upright for a "soft tripod". That would be lightweight and sturdy but it would take a bit of time to set up. But hey, everything's a compromise.
In summary, since I have done a bit of hiking, I have accepted the compromises that it requires for weight savings and lightened my load considerably for photography. I make do with less. The trekpod is a fine item, it's just not suited for proper hiking. I think it's better maybe for street photography in areas where tripods aren't allowed perhaps. Too heavy and bulky just to gain the flip out feet/legs. And a proper tripod just usually isn't worth the trouble when hiking unless it's part of an established shoot/plan. I'll use something else lighter and smaller, I'll figure out how to make something work that is laying around the area or I might just not take the shot in the first place. I don't want to ruin my hiking experience with carrying too much photo gear. In this case, one passion is colliding with another and something has to give. (Esp when I am with a group of others that don't want to be slowed down by me and my extra gear.)