Andrew SlatonExplorer

  • Hike to Photographer's Point

    Begin at the main Elkhart Park parking area. Take the Pole Creek Trail directly adjacent to the restroom. You will follow this trail for approximately 4.5 miles through lodgepole pine forests and beautiful alpine parks.When you begin seeing larg...

    9 miles

  • Camp at Alta Lakes

    Note: Camping is permitted around the lake. For more information, head to the US Forest Service website.From the Mountain Village near Telluride, drive south on CO 145 toward Lizard Head pass. A few miles before you reach the turnoff for Ophir, th...

  • Hike to Seneca Lake

    The Wind River Range is one of the best backpacking + climbing wildernesses in the lower 48. Seneca Lake is right at the beginning of some of the most spectacular high alpine climbing and backpacking routes.From the Elkhart trailhead parking lot,...

    18 miles 2000 ft gain

  • Hike to Mystic Falls, CO

    I've been visiting Telluride, CO for the last 20 years, and I'd never once heard of this place. Mystic Falls is not marked on any map I've ever seen. And even some locals seem to have never heard of it. So I feel like I lucked out on this last tri...

    2 miles 300 ft gain

  • Hike to Slide Lake

    The Winds in Wyoming are incredibly beautiful and offer some of the most challenging, but rewarding hikes. And the popular northern trailhead, Green River Lakes, is one of the most spectacular entry points. GETTING THERE: There are only two ways t...

    12 miles 1600 ft gain

  • Camp on the Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River

    Coming out of Cooke City, MT follow the Beartooth Highway (named the most scenic byway in the U.S.) toward Beartooth Pass. Go about 8 miles.Once you drop back down into Wyoming and pass the Fox Creek campground on your left, start looking for the...

  • Backpack to Odessa Lake via Fern Lake Trailhead

    Odessa Lake seems to be one of the true hidden gems of Rocky Mountain National Park. Don't get me wrong, you will likely see some folks there, but it is a far cry from the other crowded Bear Lake trailhead lakes.There are two ways to reach Odessa...

    9.85 miles 1890 ft gain

  • Hike to Shirley Lake

    Shirley lake is a beautiful and not heavily traveled area in the Winds. To get there, you start at the Green River Lakes trailhead (8,000 ft) and head out on the Western shore of the lower lake. You can shave off three miles by canoeing to the end...

    13 miles 2000 ft gain

  • Hike the Mosca Pass Trail, Great Sand Dunes NP

    The Mosca Pass trail is an (approx) 8 mile out and back hike that takes you through beautiful ponderosa and aspen forests to summit 1500 above the start. The trailhead parking is the first left after the Great Sand Dunes visitor center. It is a mo...

    8 miles 1459 ft gain

  • Camp at Nugent Mountain

    Nugent Mountain is a very handsome butte and Big Bend is a great place to go get some splendid desert solitude and recharge your good vibes. This campsite, NM1, is the perfect spot to relax and get a great practice in.NM1 is one of the park's many...

  • Hike the Big Horn Overlook Trail

    As a pet owner, you probably know that bringing your pooch along on your National Park adventures can be a frustrating experience. Most of our Parks do not allow pets on trails, and for several good reasons, but if you bring your dog(s) with you t...

    3.5 miles 0 ft gain

  • Overnight at Lookout Bothy on the Isle of Skye, Scotland

    The Lookout Bothy is at the northern most tip of the Isle of Skye at Rubha Hunish. It is a small, primitive hut that overlooks the North Sea. There are binoculars and whale charts, a shovel for a biff, but not much else by way of amenities – just ...

    3.1 miles

  • Hike to Cattail Falls

    Head south on the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive in Big Bend. Just after mile marker 3, you will see signs for the Sam Nail Ranch overlook, and a small opening in the scrub brush will appear on your left... but go slow, it's easy to miss!Turn left dow...

    3 miles

  • Winter Camping at Fremont Lake Overlook

    If this is your initiation into winter camping, make it a memorable one by overlooking the beautiful Fremont Lake.There are several spots no more than 200 yards out on the hills that overlook the lake, so take your pick, as I've never seen another...

    0.25 miles

  • Hike to the Crow’s Nest in the Wind River Range

    The Crow’s Nest sits just above Glimpse Lake in the Winds. It is best accessed from the most infrequently used trailhead in the range. To access the remote trailhead from Pinedale, take Jackson Street north toward Soda Lake Wildlife Management Are...

    12 miles 500 ft gain

  • Hike The Syncline Trail in Canyonlands NP

    Be advised, the NPS signs and maps that warn of a very difficult hike ahead are not hyperbole, as I thought at first. This hike is a loop around the famous Upheaval Dome on an unmaintained trail that leads you down over 1500 feet into the canyon, ...

    8.3 miles 1507 ft gain

  • Photographing Scottish "Wildlife"

    Photograph the "wildlife" of the north-central Scottish Highlands. The drive from Tongue to Lairg on A836 is full of breathtaking scenery, with lochs, mountains, stone cottages and bridges, and of course, sheep. Spring is fantastic, as the new lam...

  • Double O Arch, Arches National Park, UTAH

    Double O Arch is on the trail to several very popular arches. So the beginning of your trip may be crowded, but fear not, most of the people stop when they reach landscape arch only .8 miles in. Double O is about 2.1 miles from the Devil’s Garden ...

    4.2 miles 400 ft gain