Mount Ollivier from Mueller Hut Aoraki Mount Cook National Park Southern Alps Summit New Zealand
Mount Ollivier is a 1,933-meter tall peak in the Sealy Range of the Southern Alps in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. In 1939, Sir Edmond Hillary summited the mountain in what is recognized as his first major climb. (He went on to bag some other noteworthy peaks as well...) To get to the top of Mount Ollivier, you will first need to make your way to Mueller Hut, which is accomplished by... Read more.
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Tagged with · Mount Cook · New Zealand Department of Conservation · New Zealand National Parks · Off Trail · Summits · Aoraki Mount Cook National Park
Distance: 1.2 kilometers / 0.75 miles · Elevation change: 125 meters / 410 feet
By: Published: Last updated: May 6, 2017
East Cuesta Ridge Road Mount Lowe Road Santa Lucia Mountain East Cuesta Ridge Hike San Luis Obispo
East Cuesta Ridge Road, also known as Mount Lowe Road, is a dirt road that crosses the dominant ridgeline in the Santa Lucia Mountains northeast of San Luis Obispo. Views from the trail extend over San Luis Obispo and its surrounding peaks toward the ocean to the west at Morro Bay and to the south by Oceano Dunes. The hike starts just off Highway 101 at the top of Cuesta Grade. Getting... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: April 25, 2017
Mount Hollywood Hiking Trail Griffith Park Western Canyon Griffith Observatory hike Los Angeles California
Mount Hollywood is a prominent peak in Griffith Park, located above and behind Griffith Observatory. While it isn't the park's tallest peak at 1,625 feet, the summit offers excellent 360-degree views. The trails on Mount Hollywood have postcard perspectives of the Hollywood Sign and Griffith Observatory, plus views of downtown Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Mountains. Set out from the... Read more.
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Tagged with · Free Trails · Summits · Dog-Friendly Trails · Griffith Park · Santa Monica Mountains
Distance: 2.65 miles · Elevation change: 500 feet
By: Published: Last updated: August 27, 2019
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
Twin Peaks hike Angeles National Forest San Gabriel Mountains National Monument Mount Waterman Trail Twin Peaks East
The double-crested mountain of Twin Peaks is located close to the absolute center of the San Gabriel Mountains, making it an ideal mountain for catching big views over the range, including high points like Mount Wilson, Mount Baldy, and a slew of other summits. A trail leads to the 7,761-foot summit of Twin Peaks East, the higher of Twin Peak's sibling summits. Cross Mount Waterman on the... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: August 27, 2019
Mount Maunganui Track Base Track Walk Summit Hike Mauao Tauranga New Zealand Mt Maunganui
Mount Maunganui is an extinct volcano crowning the tip of a peninsula at the mouth of Tauranga Harbour in the Bay of Plenty Region of New Zealand. The mountain has stunning sea views from its base all the way up to the summit, so it is a delight to hike. Next to Mount Maunganui, a beach city with the same name covers the flat part of the peninsula between sandy strips and is a popular spot... Read more.
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Tagged with · Free Trails · Mount Maunganui · Ocean Views · Summits · Tauranga
Distance: 6.8 kilometers / 4.2 miles · Elevation change: 230 meters / 755 feet
By: Published: Last updated: August 29, 2019
Temescal Ridge Trail Hub Junction Temescal Peak Reseda Boulevard Hike Santa Monica Mountains Topanga State Park Dirt Mulholland Marvin Braude Mulholland Gateway Park
Reseda Boulevard gives hikers in the San Fernando Valley easy access to Topanga State Park and other areas of the Santa Monica Mountains. From the top of Reseda Boulevard, it is just 0.2 miles up to an unpaved stretch of Mulholland Drive (called Dirt Mulholland) that runs east and west across the range, connecting to lots of other trails, including nearby Temescal Ridge Trail. Enjoy nice... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: September 9, 2019
Kakepuku Mountain Historic Reserve Kakepuku Track Mount Kakepuku Walk Te Awamutu Waikato Region Hike New Zealand
Kakepuku Track offers a farm-to-summit trek in Kakepuku Mountain Historic Reserve. The track to the summit of Kakepuku Mountain is 8 kilometers (5 miles) round trip with 407 meters (1,335 feet) of elevation change. A lookout tower atop the 449-meter summit garners round-the-compass views above the treetops. A wooden viewing platform and benches along the track provide spots to relax and... Read more.
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Tagged with · Free Trails · Lookout Towers · New Zealand Department of Conservation · Rainforests · Summits · Te Awamutu
Distance: 8 kilometers / 5 miles · Elevation change: 407 meters / 1335 feet
By: Published: Last updated: May 6, 2017
Mesa Peak hike Backbone Trail Mesa Peak Motorway hike Corral Canyon Road ocean view summit Malibu California Corral Canyon Cave Jim Morrison Cave
It is pretty unusual to hike to a peak from a trailhead at a higher elevation. In the case of Mesa Peak, the lofty trailhead along Corral Canyon Road treats hikers to summit-worthy views right from the get-go. While the elevation profile is atypical, the hike along Mesa Peak Motorway to Mesa Peak in Malibu is quite enjoyable. Ocean overlooks appear all along the wide dirt road, which also... Read more.
By: Published: Last updated: September 9, 2019
Calabasas Peak hike Calabasas Peak Motorway from Old Topanga Canyon Road Calabasas Peak North Approach Santa Monica Mountains
Also known as Calabasas Peak Trail, Calabasas Peak Motorway is a 3.8-mile long dirt fire road that passes below the summit of Calabasas Peak. Hikers on the trail can examine interesting sandstone rock formations on and around Calabasas Peak and enjoy broad views over a scenic part of the Santa Monica Mountains between Topanga and Agoura Hills. One way to reach the summit of Calabasas Peak is... Read more.
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Tagged with · Free Trails · Summits · Topanga · Dog-Friendly Trails · Mountain Biking Trails · Santa Monica Mountains
Distance: 4.2 miles · Elevation change: 635 feet
By: Published: Last updated: December 7, 2018

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