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  • Hike to Crescent Lake

    An hour drive north of the town of Seeley Lake Montana is the Glacier Lake Trailhead and the starting point for your hike. Glacier Lake Trailhead is a popular trailhead, and the parking lot can fill up quickly on hot summer weekends since it provi...

    9 miles 1500 ft gain

  • Hike Mount Ellen in Utah's Henry Mountains

    Mount Ellen is considered an Ultra Prominent Peak. What's that you may ask? Well, Ultra Prominent Peaks are determined by how high the summit rises above its surroundings. Rising 5,812 feet above the desert floor with a summit elevation of 11,527 ...

    4 miles 1091 ft gain

  • Hike Past Mining Relics in Daly Canyon

    To get to Daly Canyon, just continue up Main Street in Park City. The road turns to dirt soon after the last house and a gate is closed across the road not far beyond that.  Hiking, biking, or jogging up the old road you'll have the stream to your...

    2.5 miles 500 ft gain

  • Camp at Bootjack Campground in Mount Tamalpais State Park

    Bootjack Campground is located within California's Mount Tamalpais State Park. There are a couple of campsites within the park, but if you are driving on the Panoramic Highway from Mill Valley, this will be the first campground you pass.  The fee ...

  • Hike Clayton Peak in Utah's Wasatch Mountains

    Clayton Peak is approximately 1.5 miles from Guardsman Pass (3 miles round trip), and you'll gain about 1,600 feet of climbing.  There is parking on top of the pass, but it fills up quickly with hikers and mountain bikers during peak season as thi...

    3 miles 1600 ft gain

  • Hike Fantasy Ridge to Desolation Peak from Canyons Village

    The easiest way to start this hiking only trail is to jump on the Red Pine Gondola at the Canyons Village of Park City Mountain Resort. If you have an Epic Pass, the lift is free. Otherwise, you'll need to buy a ticket to ride to the base of Red P...

    6.5 miles 2000 ft gain

  • Hike Kessler Peak in Utah's Big Cottonwood Canyon

    Kessler Peak is a 10,403-foot peak located in Big Cottonwood Canyon. From the top, you can see all the way to the Uintas to the East, The tram at Snowbird to the south, and the Salt Lake Valley to the west. To the north is Mount Raymond and Gobble...

    5.3 miles 2800 ft gain

  • Hike, Run, Bike Rob's Trail in Park City

    Rob's Trail is a perennial favorite among Park City locals for year-round hiking, trail running, or mountain biking. The trail is primarily an out-and-back, but it if you go a bit further it can be combined with other trails to create a loop. The ...

    2.8 miles 705 ft gain

  • Hike to Round, Sand, and Fish Lake in the Uinta Mountains

    The Dry Fork Trailhead at the end of Weber Canyon Rd is the starting point for the hike to Round, Sand, and Fish Lakes in the Uinta Mountains of Utah. In the early spring and summer, this trail can be wet due to snowmelt runoff, but by mid-summer,...

    9 miles 2000 ft gain

  • Explore Nature Mission Canyon Natural Bridge

    Mission Canyon Natural Bridge is located on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation just outside Hays, Montana. Fort Belknap Indian Reservation is home to the Assiniboine (Nakoda), and the Gros Ventre (aaniiih) tribes, and is the forth largest Indian ...

  • Camp at Curtis Canyon Campgrond

    Enjoy a leisurely drive through the National Elk Refuge as you leave Jackson, Wyoming for Curtis Canyon Campground. A short walk from the campground provides epic views of the Teton Range and the National Elk Refuge. Pour a cup of coffee and enjoy...

  • Camp at Fire Lake

    The hike to Fire Lake starts at the Crystal Lake Trailhead just off the Mirror Lake Highway in the Uinta mountains. The main trailhead parking lot fills up quickly on weekends since it serves multiple trail options. If it’s full, no need to worry,...

  • Hike to Cuberant Lake

    The hike to Cuberant Lake is 3-miles with a couple of steeper sections, but for the most part, it is a flat hike. From the Pass Lake Trailhead, you will head west on the Lofty Lake Loop Trail. On this part of the trail, you pass through meadows wi...

    6 miles 1066 ft gain

  • Fly Fish the Missouri River from Holter Dam to Cascade.

    Due to the cold water being released from the bottom of Holter Lake, it creates excellent habitat for trout. The section of the Missouri River from Holter Dam to Cascade, MT is the main area for trout fishing, and has excellent access to the river...

  • Hike Crown Mountain, Augusta

    Located an hour and forty minutes east of Great Falls Montana, Crown Mountain is a fun day hike, and you'll see few if any other people. The nearest town is Augusta and a great place to stop for a burger and beer at Buckhorn Bar afterward.  From A...

    8 miles 4200 ft gain

  • Climb the Pinebrook Crag in Park City

    The Pinebrook Crag is on the northern end of Park City, Utah. Just 2.5 miles south of the Jeremy Ranch/Pinebrook exit on I-80. Park on the shoulder of the street, and it's a short .25 mile hike to the top of the crag.   There are a couple of ancho...

  • Camp at The Wedge (East Side)

    The Wedge, which is also known as The Little Grand Canyon is located in the northern part of the San Rafael Swell. The closest town is Castle Dale, Utah, and most people drive past this part of the San Rafael Swell on their way to Moab, or other p...

  • Mountain Bike the Pipe Dream Trail in Moab

    There are multiple trailheads to access the Pipe Dream trail in Moab. This time we chose to start at the Jackson Street parking area and rode the pipeline trail south for approximately 3-miles. This section of trail is a 2-track road that follows,...

    6 miles 730 ft gain

  • Camp at Hurricane Creek Campground

    Head on over to Hurricane Creek if you are looking for a great campground near Lake Wallowa. It's a forest service campground, so the fee is minimal, only $6 per night. There are no reservations, just show up, grab your spot, and pay at the kiosk....

  • Cave of 100 Hands Trail

    The Cave of 100 Hands is a fascinating archeological/historical site that is easy all-ages and strollers. Over a thousand years ago, the valleys along what is now Interstate 70 near Sevier, Utah were home to the largest community of Fremont Indian...

    0.5 miles 50 ft gain

  • Hike Mount Werner

    The Mount Werner Trail starts at the Blackleaf Canyon Trailhead in the Montana front range of the Rocky Mountains. On a side note, Blackleaf Canyon is also a popular rock climbing area. On the trail, you'll walk along Blackleaf Creek, and Muddy Cr...

    9.5 miles 3048 ft gain

  • Camp at Castle Rock Campground

    Castle Rock Campground is located within Utah's Fremont Indian State Park just off Interstate 70, which according to the camp host, is a favorite place to camp for people traveling between California and Colorado.  At 6,200 feet in elevation, the ...

  • Hike the Duck Lake to Marjorie Lake Loop in the Uintas

    The trail to Duck Lake in the Uinta Mountains starts at the Crystal Lake Trailhead  and is a popular starting off point for many trails like Cliff Lake, so the parking lot fills up quickly.  Starting off, follow the signs for Long Lake. At about 1...

    8.4 miles 850 ft gain

  • Camp at Pyramid Lake in Murdock Basin of Utah's Uinta Mountains

    Grab a fishing pole, hammock, or book. Pyramid Lake is the perfect setting to kick back and relax in Murdock Basin of Utah's Uinta Mountains! Pyramid Lake is at an elevation of 9,700 feet with a 1,000-foot tall mountain directly to the west of th...

  • Camp at Sand Flats Recreation Area in Moab

    The rock domes and slickrock around the campsites provide fun for young and old to scramble on, or simply enjoy the sunrise or sunset. Located just outside of the town of Moab Utah is the Sand Flats Recreation Area. The area is managed jointly by ...

  • Hike Empire Pass Ridge

    Starting at an elevation of 8,960 feet at Empire Pass, the trail follows the ridge to the west. It starts off on a gravel road, but quickly turns into a single-track trail once you pass the buried water tank. For the most part, you will stay on th...

    3.25 miles 800 ft gain

  • Hole in the Wall

    Hole in the Wall is a natural geologic formation in the White Cliffs along the Missouri River. Located in the Upper Missouri Breaks National Monument. This stretch of the Wild and Scenic Missouri River has changed little since Lewis & Clark fi...

  • Continental Divide Trail: MacDonald Pass to Priest Pass

    The CDT trail is a popular trail with thru-hikers, and is considered one of the three Crown Jewels. The Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail being the other two.  This section of the Continental Divide Trail starts 25-minutes to the West ...

    10.8 miles 2500 ft gain

  • Mount Ascension

    Mount Ascension is a popular trail in Helena. It's used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking. It can be accessed year-round, but can get icy and slippery during the winter.  The path for Mount Ascension is a network of trails that that c...

    3 miles 950 ft gain

  • Neat Coulee on The Upper Missouri River Breaks

    Neat Coulee is a slot canyon in Central Montana that was formed by water erosion of the white sandstone cliffs. To get to the Neat Coulee, you'll need to do a river trip. The nearest put-in in Coal Banks Landing. You could exit the river at Hole i...

    2 miles 100 ft gain

  • Hike or Bike the South Shore River's Edge Trail

    The South Shore River's Edge Trail runs along the Missouri River. The trail is rated as moderate and is perfect for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking. It's an out-and-back, so you can go as far as you like. To start, park at the South Sho...

    10 miles 975 ft gain

  • Sluice Boxes State Park

    The soaring limestone cliffs and ledges mark the Belt Creek Canyon. Back in the day, this area in the Little Belt Mountains was a haven for mining. Now, the old railroad bed serves as the main access route of Sluice Boxes State Park. Sluice Boxes ...

    7.5 miles 100 ft gain

  • Ride the RTS Trail

    The RTS trail at Utah's Olympic Park (ski jumping, bobsled, skeleton, and luge), is a fantastic beginner-to-intermediate trail. Since it's a short loop at only 2.6 miles and 366 feet of elevation gain, it's perfect for kids and beginners. Most of ...

    2.6 miles 366 ft gain

  • Camp at Little Creek Mesa

    Experience solitude and beauty at Little Creek Mesa Utah. When you get there, grab a campsite, and go for an evening mountain bike ride along the rim of the mesa and see breathtaking views of the valley below as the sun sets.  Little Creek Mesa is...

  • Ski or Snowboard Berthoud Pass Colorado

    Berthoud Pass is 55 miles from Denver making it one of the closest places to get out and backcountry tour in the winter. At 11,370 Berthoud Pass crosses the continental divide. From the top of the pass you can do shuttle runs down the south side o...

  • Ski or Snowboard Red Mountain Pass

    Red Mountain Pass is the site of an historic silver mining boom from 1882 to 1893. During that time, over 10,000 people lived at over 11,000 feet! Today, it's turned into a backcountry ski and snowboard touring destination.  If you are coming from...

  • Paddle the Upper Missouri River: Fort Benton to Coal Banks Landing

    Did you know that Fort Benton was considered the "World's  Innermost Port" until the railroads started moving goods and people across the west? Nowadays, some people call Fort Benton a "sleepy little river town", but paddlers and history buffs see...

  • Run the Historic Park City Union Pacific Rail Trail

    The Park City Rail Trail is a fantastic trail for walks, running, and biking in the spring, summer, and fall. During the winter it's groomed so you can Nordic ski, fat bike, run or walk.  Park City's historic Union Pacific Rail Trail has been pave...

    28 miles 800 ft gain

  • Camp at Willow Springs Trail

    Willow Springs Trail is state-owned land located 13 miles north of downtown Moab Utah. The state provides some vault toilets and port-o-lets throughout the area, but there are no designated campsites or fire rings. Along the main road, there are p...

  • Bike or Hike Park City's Mid Mountain Trail

    The Mid-Mountain Trail is unique to Park City. It's an epic trail that connects Deer Valley, to Park City Mountain Resort, and Canyons Village. Traversing at approximately 8,300 feet elevation, the trail is comprised of 13 sections and is a 22.8 m...

    22.8 miles 4457 ft gain

  • Photograph Big Rock Candy Mountain

    As you head south on Hwy 89 south of I-70 in central Utah, you wind through a picturesque canyon along the Sevier River. As the canyon opens up, Big Rock Candy Mountain's caramel colored hillside comes into full view. The caramel color is a stark ...

  • Mountain Bike Bull Run Trail

    Bull Run has a parking lot on the Little Canyon / Gemini Bridges Rd. It's a 5.5 mile downhill trail that ends at the Lower Getaway Trail. Bull Run Trail follows the north side of Bull Run Canyon and provides scenic views with a mix of slick rock, ...

    5.5 miles 1000 ft gain

  • Rodney Ridge Trail

    With it's easy access from Rodney Street, Rodney Ridge Trail is a locals favorite. The trail heads up the ridge and provides fantastic views of Helena below.  The trail is rated as moderate, and is used primarily for mountain biking and hiking. Do...

    2.6 miles 300 ft gain

  • Bike Thunder Mountain Trail

    Thunder Mountain Trail is one that should be on every mountain bikers bucket list. It's located just outside of Bryce Canyon National Park and passes through hoodoos, classic Bryce Canyon topography and epic views to the west.  For the first 2.5 m...

    8 miles 1123 ft gain

  • Mountain Bike Portal Trail

    If you are looking to ride one of Moab's famed mountain bike trails, then look no further than the Portal Trail. It's a short 2-mile trail that starts on the rim above the Colorado River and descends 1,388.  To access the Portal Trail you can take...

    2 miles 1388 ft gain

  • 1906 Trail

    Located just outside of Helena, the 1906 Trail starts at the Mt Helena Parking Lot. The path is wide enough to share with hikers, trail runners, or mountain bikers. Note: this is an uphill-only trail for mountain biking. It's a very popular trail ...

    3 miles 1000 ft gain

  • North Shore Rivers Edge Trail East

    The North Shore Rivers Edge Trail East is a moderate trail that has been created mostly by the local biking associations. The trail follows the bluffs on the edge of the river with plenty of twists and turns to keep it interesting.  To access the ...

    6.9 miles 700 ft gain

  • Kings Hill Pass Trail

    The Kings Hill Pass Trail is located off Highway 89 in the Little Belt Mountains of the Helena-Lewis & Clark National Forest. Kings Hill is considered a scenic byway and climbs to an elevation just over 7,200 feet at the pass.  Kings Hill Pass...

    5.9 miles 1800 ft gain

  • Explore Castle Rock's Slot Canyons

    Surrounding the Castle Rock Campground on the East and West sides are slot formations that have formed over centuries by wind and rain as it erodes softer earth from the harder rock. There are no designated trails, but footpaths are visible, follo...

    0.25 miles 200 ft gain

  • Prospect Shaft Trail

    The Prospect Shaft Trail is a lightly used trail used to reach the summit of Mt Helena. The trail is rated as a 'moderate' trail due to its steep, loose, rocky surface. Due to these characteristics, it's rarely used for mountain biking and primari...

    2.4 miles 800 ft gain

  • Hike Quarry Mountain in Park City

    The Quarry Mountain trail is a less-traveled option than the Iron Mountain trail in Park City offering unique views of McPolin Farm to the west, Kimball Junction and Old Ranch Road to the north, Park City to the south, and Promontory Ranch to the ...

    2.2 miles 740 ft gain

  • Camp at McMillan Springs In The Henry Mountains

    McMillan Springs Campground is south of Hanksville, Utah and within the Henry Mountains, which run north and south between Canyonlands, and Capitol Reef National Parks.  Situated at 8,400 feet, McMillan Springs Campground has moderate temperatures...

  • Hike Yogo Peak and Enjoy Views of Lake Elva

    A short 2-hour drive from Great Falls leads you to Yogo Peak and Lake Elva, an area of beauty, tranquility, and solitude. Yogo Peak is located in the Little Belt Mountains which are part of the Lewis & Clark National Forest.  Yogo Peak doesn't...

  • Hike Joe Lott Trail #051

    The Joe Lott Trailhead starts at Castle Rock Campground and follows the Joe Lott Creek which has tall old growth trees to provide shade in the summer. Joe Lott Trail #051 is an out-and-back, so you can go as far as you like and turn around. We wen...

    6.5 miles 3600 ft gain