Housekeeping Camp Yosemite National Park Lodging Accommodations Yosemite Valley California
Yosemite National Park receives four million visitors per year, filling the park's campgrounds and hotels. When all the campsites are reserved and the hotels have no vacancies (or list prices that are uncomfortably high), consider a middle option provided at Housekeeping Camp in the middle of Yosemite Valley. Housekeeping Camp offers 3-walled units with canvas roofs and flaps – imagine... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: September 10, 2018
Happy Isles Trail Yosemite National Park The Happy Isles Merced River Hike Yosemite Valley California
Near the amazing hiking trails in Yosemite Valley is the designed-to-be-delightful Happy Isles Trail. The easy 3/4 of a mile walk at Happy Isles explores a pair of small islands in the Merced River at the east end of Yosemite Valley. While the trail doesn't feature a show-stopping attraction (like Lower Yosemite Fall Trail), the Happy Isles live up to their name – a pleasant and happy... Read more.
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Tagged with · National Parks · Wheelchair-Friendly · Yosemite Valley
Distance: 0.75 miles · Elevation change: 50 feet
By: Published: Last updated: September 10, 2018
Camp 4 Campground Yosemite National Park Walk-in Campground Yosemite Valley California Tent camping
Camp 4 is a historic campground in Yosemite National Park – and that's not even hyperbole; the campground is listed with the National Register of Historic Places "for its significant association with the history of modern rock climbing in America." Reservations are needed at the other campgrounds in Yosemite Valley, but Camp 4 is the exception, with 35 shared first-come first serve walk-in... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: January 7, 2019
Wawona Swinging Bridge Trail Yosemite National Park Bridge Hike South Fork Merced River Swimming Hole Wawona California
Swinging Bridge in Yosemite Valley seduces photographers with views of Yosemite Falls. This is not a hike to that bridge, which isn't actually a swinging suspension bridge. This is a hike to Wawona Swinging Bridge, which has plenty of bounce in it's step, spanning a boulder-framed chute in the South Fork Merced River. Wawona Swinging Bridge is located at the south end of Yosemite National... Read more.
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Tagged with · National Parks · Swimming Holes · Wawona
Distance: 0.7 miles · Elevation change: 70 feet
By: Published: Last updated: January 29, 2018
Wawona Meadow Loop Trail Yosemite National Park Wawona area day hike Wawona Hotel Walk Wawona Meadow Nature Trail
Wawona Meadow Loop Trail weaves through the forest surrounding a large meadow at the south end of Yosemite National Park, offering a relaxing hike that receives less attention than those in Yosemite Valley. Starting from trailheads on two sides of Wawona Hotel (Big Trees Lodge), Meadow Loop Trail follows an old road for 3.3 miles and can be connected by paths across the hotel ground for a... Read more.
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Tagged with · National Parks · Nature Trails · Wawona
Distance: 3.9 miles · Elevation change: 250 feet
By: Published: Last updated: September 9, 2019
Emerald Lake Trail Nymph Lake Dream Lake Emerald Lake Rocky Mountain National Park Bear Lake to Emerald Lake Hike Colorado
Emerald Lake Trail visits a trio of beautiful mountain lakes in Rocky Mountain National Park, easing past Nymph Lake and Dream Lake on the way to Emerald Lake, which is cradled below 12,000-foot peaks along the Continental Divide. This three-lake hike is 3.6 miles round trip with 650 feet of elevation change. This scenic hike begins from Bear Lake Trailhead, where a fourth lake can added to... Read more.
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Tagged with · Continental Divide · Lakes · National Parks · Rocky Mountains
Distance: 3.6 miles · Elevation change: 650 feet
By: Published: Last updated: September 11, 2019
Bear Lake Nature Trail Rocky Mountain National Park Bear Lake Loop Hike Colorado Bear Lake Trail
To explore an area of lake-filled basins below the Continental Divide, follow Bear Lake Road into the center of Rocky Mountain National Park. Several trails leave from Bear Lake Trailhead, including a three-lake trek to Nymph Lake, Dream Lake, and Emerald Lake. For something shorter, the 2/3 of a mile long stroll around Bear Lake has lots of appeal. Bear Lake Nature Trail passes numerous... Read more.
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Tagged with · Lakes · National Parks · Nature Trails · Rocky Mountains
Distance: 0.65 miles · Elevation change: 60 feet
By: Published: Last updated: April 1, 2017
Rankin Ridge Trail Hike Wind Cave National Park Black Hills South Dakota Rankin Ridge Fire Tower Lookout Tower Hike
Rankin Ridge forms part of the southeast edge of the Black Hills and at 5,013 feet in elevation, it is the highest point in Wind Cave National Park. A lookout tower rises above the ridge top, which can be reached via a 250-foot ascent on a 0.55-mile long single track. Take a wide dirt trail back down the ridge to form a one-mile loop. Although this hike is short, it is not short on rewards.... Read more.
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Tagged with · Black Hills · Custer · Free Trails · Lookout Towers · National Parks · Nature Trails · Summits
Distance: 1 mile · Elevation change: 250 feet
By: Published: Last updated: April 19, 2018
High View Nature Trail Joshua Tree National Park Hike Black Rock Canyon Hi-View Trail
While many national park nature trails are short, level, and informative, High View Nature Trail offers a bit more for hikers, 325 feet of elevation gain on a 1 1/3-mile loop. The trail ascends a desert ridge with views over Yucca Valley and toward Southern California's tallest peak, San Gorgonio Mountain, in the mountains to the west. The loop starts near Black Rock Campground on the west... Read more.
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Tagged with · National Parks · Nature Trails · Yucca Valley
Distance: 1.35 miles · Elevation change: 325 feet
By: Published: Last updated: January 9, 2018
Balconies Cave hike Pinnacles National Park Balconies Trail Loop
Pinnacles National Park preserves some of California's oddest landscapes with out-of-place rock spires and boulder-filled gorges with talus caves just waiting to be explored. Grab your headlamp and head to the west side of Pinnacles National Park for a trek into Balconies Cave. This fun 2-mile out and back hike or 2.4-mile lollipop loop hike crosses a playground of volcanic rock formations... Read more.
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Tagged with · Caves · National Parks · Paicines
Distance: 2 miles · Elevation change: 200 feet
By: Published: Last updated: April 23, 2017

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