Naches Peak Loop Trail Mount Rainier National Park hiking Washington wildflower hike
The bloom of wildflowers on Naches Peak Loop is the #1 draw to this trail. An extraordinary carpet of purple lupines and other colorful flowers appearing along this trail each summer. The fact that Naches Peak Loop stands out among other trails in Mount Rainier National Park, which has lots of great places to see wildflowers, tells you that this trail is something special. The 3.75-mile... Read more.
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Tagged with · Cascade Range · Lakes · National Parks · Pacific Crest Trail · Wenatche National Forest · Wildflowers
Distance: 3.75 miles · Elevation change: 575 feet
By: Published: Last updated: December 21, 2017
June Lake Trail Washington hike Mount Saint Helens National Monument Gifford Pinchot National Forest
You know you're hiking in a special place when the trail to a waterfall-filled lake in the shadow of America's most famous volcano is not the area's must-do hike. With so many exceptional trails in Washington's Cascade Mountains, June Lake Trail could easily be overlooked. This 2.6-mile hike visits a shallow subalpine lake on the southern slopes of Mount Saint Helens. There is 450 feet of... Read more.
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Tagged with · Cascade Range · Gifford Pinchot National Forest · Lakes · Waterfalls
Distance: 2.6 miles · Elevation change: 450 feet
By: Published: Last updated: November 7, 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
May Lake hike Yosemite National Park Trail
May Lake is a high elevation lake off Tioga Road in Yosemite National Park north of Yosemite Valley. This 2.4-mile hike with 475 feet of elevation gain is a perfect outing for summer and early fall when the road and trail are free of snow. Stroll along a wide trail through a lovely pine forest. As you near the lake, gradually ascend a granite floor with sparser tree cover. When you... Read more.
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Tagged with · Lakes · National Parks
Distance: 2.4 miles · Elevation change: 475 feet
By: Published: Last updated: August 14, 2021
Mirror Lake Trail Royal Arches Cascade hike Yosemite National Park easy hiking Yosemite Valley reflective pool bike path
Wedged between the granite walls of Half Dome and North Dome on the east end of Yosemite Valley, visit an enticing body of water that doubles the Yosemite splendor. Mirror Lake, which is not actually a lake but rather a shallow seasonal pool, is famous for its reflective beauty. Due to it's popularity and easy-to-reach-ness, a few trails lead to Mirror Lake. The most traveled option is a... Read more.
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Tagged with · Creeks · Lakes · National Parks · Yosemite Valley
Distance: 2.8 miles · Elevation change: 100 feet
By: Published: Last updated: February 6, 2018
Bear Gulch Reservoir - Cave Trail - Moses Spring - Bear Gulch hike Pinnacles National Monument trail Pinnacles National Park
The short interesting hike to Bear Gulch Reservoir ascends a beautiful boulder-filled gorge on the east side of Pinnacles National Park (known as Pinnacles National Monument prior to 2013). A split in the trail offers two parallel routes to reach the reservoir. Bear Gulch Cave Trail climbs through a talus cave, while Moses Spring Trail takes a scenic but less daring course along the rim of... Read more.
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Tagged with · Caves · Creeks · Lakes · National Parks · Paicines
Distance: 1.5 miles · Elevation change: 275 feet
By: Published: Last updated: June 2, 2017
Lake Vista Trail Malibu Creek State Park scenic vista point view over Malibu Lake and Sugarloaf Peak Cistern Trail
The scenic vista point at the top of Lake View Trail provides a beautiful view overlooking Malibu Lake and the surrounding mountains. The network of trails through Malibu Creek State Park offer several routes to the overlook, including a short 2.1-mile loop from a trailhead off Lake Vista Drive and a longer 4.1-mile out and back trek that begins down Cistern Trail from Mulholland Highway. ... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: December 22, 2018
San Luis Mountain Hike Laguna Lake Park Cerro San Luis Obispo Madonna Mountain Trail
Located just west of downtown San Luis Obispo, the 1,292-foot Cerro San Luis (or San Luis Mountain) offers sweeping views of the Santa Lucia Mountains and other peaks in the Morros, the chain of mountains that Cerro San Luis is a part of. The Morros, or Nine Sisters, are a line of prominent volcanic peaks between Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo. These beautiful peaks set the postcard-like... Read more.
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Tagged with · Free Trails · Lakes · Morros · Summits · Wildflowers
Distance: 5.7 miles · Elevation change: 1150 feet
By: Published: Last updated: April 2, 2019
Primrose Lake Trail Sequoia National Park backcountry hike
If you are hiking to Sky Blue Lake in the high mountain backcountry of Sequoia National Park, There are nearby lakes worth visiting. Primrose Lake, is located just off the side of Miter Basin and is a scenic destination. To get to Primrose Lake, follow Upper Rock Creek to Miter Basin. Pass the Major General on the right and turn left up the last cirque before the ridge that separates Primrose... Read more.
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Tagged with · Backpacking · Free Trails · Lakes · Lone Pine · National Parks · Off Trail
Distance: 28 miles · Elevation change: 2350 feet
By: Published: Last updated: June 3, 2017
Sky Blue Lake Trail Sequoia National Park Sierra Nevada Mountains California
A remote and picturesque basin on the west side of Sequoia National Park rises to a large lake with waters so deep and blue you will think you are staring up at the heavens. The trek up Miter Basin begins at Rock Creek Meadow, nine miles from the nearest trailhead. Those making the hike typically stay overnight in the area, and nearby Lower Soldier Lake offers great camping for... Read more.
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Tagged with · Backpacking · Creeks · Lakes · Lone Pine · National Parks · Off Trail · Pacific Crest Trail · Waterfalls
Distance: 26 miles · Elevation change: 2350 feet
By: Published: Last updated: June 3, 2017

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