Rock Lake Trail Adirondacks Blue Mountain Lake New York hike
Several Adirondack lakes line the roadways in Hamilton County, New York (Blue Mountain Lake, Indian Lake, Long Lake, and Raquette Lake to name a few), but sometimes it is more refreshing to hike to a scenic lake that can't be seen from the road. Leave the vehicle noise behind on this easy 1.6-mile round trip hike with just 100 feet of elevation change. The pleasant trail follows a creek to... Read more.
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Tagged with · Adirondack Mountains · Adirondack Park · Backpacking · Free Trails · Lakes
Distance: 1.6 miles · Elevation change: 100 feet
By: Published: Last updated: April 23, 2017
Cruickshank Trail Silver Peak Wilderness Los Padres National Forest Big Sur Hike
For backpackers and day hikers, Cruickshank Trail offers an extraordinary opportunity to explore the wilderness off Highway One on the beautiful Big Sur Coast. The single track starts by climbing to lofty ocean views, and then heads inland along a canyon wall with relaxing pockets of oaks and redwoods toward a handful of trail camps. The excellent trail to Upper Cruickshank Camp crosses... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: January 9, 2018
Buckeye Trail Silver Peak Wilderness Los Padres National Forest Big Sur Hike Buckeye Camp
It can sound like hyperbole when you try to put into words the breathtaking, jaw-dropping stop-you-in-your tracks ocean views found on trails in Big Sur. Never the less, Buckeye Trail has absolutely extraordinary views over the Pacific that you need to see to believe. Rising above Highway One, the trail ventures through the Silver Peak Wilderness, ascending coastal canyons and ridges to... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: December 19, 2017
Pebble Creek Trail Yellowstone National Park hike backpacking
Starting just inside Yellowstone's northeast entrance near Cooke City, Montana, there is an interstate trail traveling through a beautiful backcountry meadow boxed in by 10,000-foot peaks. Pebble Creek Trail is often ventured as a top-to-bottom 12-mile long through hike ending at Pebble Creek Campground. There are five trail camps along Pebble Creek Trail for backpackers. Even if you can't... Read more.
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Tagged with · Backpacking · Cooke City · Creeks · National Parks · Trail Camp · Walk-in Camping
Distance: 12 miles · Elevation change: 950 feet
By: Published: Last updated: April 25, 2017
Fish Canyon Narrows Trail Sierra Pelona Mountains Los Angeles National Forest California hike Templin Highway Redrock Canyon Cienega Campground Pianobox Prospect backpacking backcountry narrow slot canyon Castaic Lake Fish Canyon Trail Santa Clarita
Not to be confused with Fish Canyon Falls on the east end of the Angeles National Forest, the Fish Canyon Narrows reside on the far west end of the Angeles in the Sierra Pelona Mountains north of Santa Clarita. Here a mountain stream passes through hundred-foot cliffs that are at time only twenty feet apart. The red rock walls mimic those you might find hiking in Zion National Park or other... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: January 17, 2018
Hetch Hetchy Reservoir hike Wapama Falls Rancharia Tueeulala Waterfall Kolana Rock Yosemite National Park Trail
In the northwest corner of Yosemite National Park is a valley that John Muir described as “a wonderfully exact counterpart of the great Yosemite.” Since Muir's time, Hetch Hetchy Valley has changed. It was dammed in 1923 and a large blue reservoir now covers the valley. Muir opposed the dam, and fellow conservationists lost a long battle to preserve the valley. An effort... Read more.
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Tagged with · Backpacking · Lakes · National Parks · Waterfalls
Distance: 5 miles · Elevation change: 200 feet
By: Published: Last updated: January 30, 2018
Half Dome hike Yosemite National Park John Muir Trail Half Dome Trail
It might be half a dome, but it's a full day's hike - 16 miles round trip from Yosemite Valley with 4,800 feet of elevation gain. Is Yosemite's much heralded bucket-list hike worth all the hoopla? You bet it is. Half Dome is an iconic element of the Yosemite landscape and the trail to its summit is a one of a kind. The hike up Half Dome is a major challenge (and a major reward). ... Read more.
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Tagged with · Backpacking · John Muir Trail · National Parks · Summits · Waterfalls · Yosemite Valley
Distance: 16 miles · Elevation change: 4800 feet
By: Published: Last updated: January 30, 2018
Chilnualna Falls Trail Yosemite National Park Wawona area day hike cascade waterfall hiking
This less-traveled single track on the southern end of Yosemite National Park visits thundering cascades and one of the longest falls in the park outside Yosemite Valley. Chilnualna Falls Trail passes through charming forests on the way to Upper Chilnualna Falls where hikers can connect to other trails delving into the Yosemite backcountry. Chilnualna Falls Trail is rated as strenuous for... Read more.
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Tagged with · Backpacking · Creeks · National Parks · Waterfalls · Wawona
Distance: 8 miles · Elevation change: 2200 feet
By: Published: Last updated: January 29, 2018
Point Mugu State Park La Jolla Canyon Ray Miller Trail Mugu Peak Trail valley loop hike Malibu California Pacific Ocean Views
Point Mugu State Park protects 15,000 acres of rustic wilderness on the west end of the Santa Monica Mountains between Oxnard and Malibu. More than 70 miles of trails explore this sprawling park, leaving hikers with options. An excellent way to experience Point Mugu State Park is to set out on a daunting and rewarding 11.75-mile loop. Start at the mouth of La Jolla Canyon just across... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: February 19, 2018
Mount Pickering Sierra Nevada Mountains Sequoia National Park Inyo National Forest hike trail climb scramble sierras nevadas California high sierras 13er
Mount Pickering rises to 13,485 feet and offers fine views over the Sierra. While not tall enough to be called a 14er, this 13er offers great views of two of those exclusive peaks, Mount Whitney and Mount Langley, as well as several other high peaks. This remote mountain is located west of the Sierra Crest in the Whitney Region of Sequoia National Park. The backpackers trek to the summit... Read more.
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Tagged with · Backpacking · Lone Pine · National Parks · Off Trail · Summits
Distance: 30 miles · Elevation change: 3500 feet
By: Published: Last updated: April 19, 2018

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