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Just a Minnesotan with a passion for the outdoors and an even larger passion for trees (guys... like seriously.. trees)

Go to the top

The loop encompassing Bridal Veil Falls was my first backpacking trip in the Rockies. Using the left side of the waterfall, hike up to the top of the waterfall. The views are amazing, great spot for lunch.

Short & Fun

This trail is short, easy (I was able to manage in Chacos) and just downright fun! Make sure to hike up on the right hand side to get the amazing views of the Badlands. Also, make sure you are following the correct trail! We got lost for a bit, nothing long or bad, just annoying.

Please, get out of your car

Yes, we should all drive through Badlands National Park but please, please, I URGE you to get out and do a little hiking. It could be a mile, just do not drive around the park and call it good. Theodore Roosevelt did not make the NPS to be driven through, he made them to be explored and appreciated in their entirety. The Badlands offers (odd, but) spectacular views and hiking, as well as (weirdly) abundant wildlife. We saw rams, a huge coyote, and lots of bison during our 2 day trip.

MOOOOOOSE

This hike was the first place I saw a moose and her baby and it was SO COOL! The hike itself is easy, with a wonderful little patch of aspen, and the reward of the waterfalls engulfed by the mountains is splendid. On a side note: An elder friend of mine worked on this trail with the CCC and it was amazing to be able to see where all of his stories took place.

"The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness"

John Muir said it right and the most beautiful small universe can be found in the redwoods at Muir Woods National Monument. The towering trees will leave you in dumbfounded awe (trees are so cool, please learn about the red woods). Spend time, and I mean real time, here and encounter the beauty.

*View from the girl jumping in the lake*

(I'm that girl jumping into the lake) It was cold. Really really cold. But, you know, it was super worth it! The hike up the lake was long but beautiful with mountains and spruce trees on both sides of the trial. Absolutely breathtaking views of the Grand Teton can been seen after the fork in the trail and into the canyon that leads to Lake Solitude. I would highly suggest opting out of the Jenny Lake Boat if you can handle the extra 4 miles, but be sure to have good hiking boots.

Great Swimming for Sunset

The mountains and the lake are gorgeous in every sense of the word. Last time I was at Jenny Lake, I went for a dip while watching the sunset over the mountains. Being in the still waters of the lake, it felt like I was participating in the sunset and not just watching it from the parking lot. Get IN nature, y'all.

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about 4 years ago

Yes; you CAN do it

I was terrified to do this hike. Completely. Terrified. We hiked on a Thursday in late September and, having forgot headlamps, hiked for 4 hours using our iPhone flashlights. Having seen a mountain lion track earlier on trail, we very quickly and easily made it to the boulder field and keyhole. From there, as with many people, everything is slow going as you try to deal with bouldering, altitude, and a fear of heights as you hike near cliffs. BUT reaching the top was completely worth it and Longs is now my favorite 14er I have ever summited. The views of Estes and RMNP are breathtaking and the fact that you just summited LONGS PEAK is an incredibly feeling. {please make sure to bring lots of water and snacks}

Gravely Underestimated; I ADORE this place

Everyone should have the opprotunity to walk across the rocks at the headwaters of the Mississippi in Itasca State Park. I grew up going to this state park and I could not love it more. Douglas Lodge, the loons, all the bike trails, the evergreen trees, Lake Itasca, and of course the Mississippi river all make this park incredibly unique. If you ever have the chance, please visit this park!

Glacier's Gift to all Hikers

Everything about Glacier NP is beautiful and this hike is no exception, bringing all of the lovely aspects of Glacier into one wonderful adventure; wildflowers, huckleberries, wildlife, and towering mountains. We went on the ranger-led hike and it was amazing to learn more about the geology and ecology of the area, I would highly suggest. My sister and I had a great time eating the wild huckleberries, but be sure to know what your are eating! We saw a moose and grizzly on this hike as well as more tourists than one would expect for a 10-mile hike. Also, be sure to use the makeshift 'port-poddy' at the top of the hike, its an experience everyone must have.