Christin HealeyExplorer

  • Hike to Hidden Lake Lookout

    Be careful when heading up this 4.5 mile trail since there can be snow coverage into the summer. When you start the trail, you'll get a little tree coverage as you start climbing up. Unfortunately, the shade starts to dissipate after about a mile,...

    8 miles 3300 ft gain

  • Relax at Tunnels Beach, Kauai

    Makua, aka Tunnels, is known for its incredible mountain scenery. This beach also offers great snorkeling, where people will usually see turtles. Public parking, bathrooms and showers are available at Haena Beach Park located west of Tunnels. Be s...

  • Hike Hurricane Hill Trail

    Be sure to drive past the Visitor's Center at Hurricane Ridge, about another mile to where the road dead ends to a parking lot. This short 3.2 mile trek begins with a steep ascent that begins at 5,105' and ends at 5,750 along a ridge line the wind...

  • Explore Botanical Beach

    This is a gorgeous beach with so much going on. It's a quick walk from the parking lot (about .8 miles), or you can do the entire Botanical Beach Loop which is 3.5km. Go at low tide for amazing tidal pools and exploring caves if the tide is at i...

    1 miles

  • Backpack Three Ridges Loop

    From the parking area at Reids Gap, start off on the white-blazed A.T heading south as the trail begins on the left side of a clearing. You will begin climbing Meadow Mountain shortly and in .8 miles arrive at the top of the ridge, where you will...

    14.2 miles 3960 ft gain

  • Hike to Spy Rock

    The hike is part of the George Washington National Forest, and can easily be combined with nearby Crabtree Falls (300ft cascading waterfall with a hike to the top). The entire trip is 3.1 miles, and there are nice campsites at the base of the summ...

    3.1 miles

  • Hike Little Stony Man, Shenandoah National Park

    The parking lot for the trail is right before mile 40 on Skyline drive in Shenandoah National Park. The entire out and back is only .9 miles, so it's the perfect hike to take in a sunset after a long day, take a break from driving, or just pick a...

    0.9 miles

  • Camp at Bear Rocks

    This particular hike is great as there are multiple camping sites, both established and backcountry, and views for miles around almost every bend. Still not convinced? This high-altitude plateau has characteristics typically found in Canadian lan...

    11.9 miles 1050 ft gain

  • Hike Moorman's River

    Along the hike, there are four "official" swimming holes to jump in, but you can make your own at any time. Go in the springtime for a great waterfall at the end the feeds into a swimming hole, and in the fall for a wonderland of foliage. The off...

    2.5 miles

  • Explore Ravens Roost Overlook

    This cozy little overlook is very simple to get to. If you are coming from I 64, after taking exit 99 towards Shenandoah National Park, turn right onto the Blue Ridge Parkway when the exit comes to a "T-stop". From there, it's 10 miles down the P...

  • Hike to Bearfence Mountain

    This is one of my favorite hikes in Shenandoah National Park for its views, easy access to the trail, and the option to combine it with a much further hike on the AT. There is also a really fun little rock scramble at the top that scares a lot of ...

    1.2 miles 380 ft gain

  • Backpack Rocky Mount Trail in Shenandoah National Park

    The trail begin 0.1 miles north of Two Mile Run Overlook at milepost 76.2 on Skyline Drive. You can park at this overlook for the night, just make sure you fill out a (free) wilderness permit and walk the short way on Skyline Drive to the trailhea...

    9.8 miles 2200 ft gain

  • Hike White Oak Canyon

    Between mile 42 and 43 of Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park is the trailhead for WhiteOak Canyon. Begin at the trailhead from the parking lot and cross the Limberlost Trail in .3 miles. Continue on and you will cross your first footbridge...

    4.8 miles 1200 ft gain

  • Bikes & Brews on Route 151

    This DIY bike & brews tour is perfect for combining a relaxing day with some activity. There are also wineries along this route if folks in your group want a break from the hops. You can start at any of the three breweries, but I would recomm...

  • Hike Mount Rogers

    First of all, who doesn't love wild ponies!  There are tons of ponies here, and although they are wild, they are not afraid of people and you can get pretty close (just don't feed them!).  Once you enter Grayson Highlands State Park, you will see ...

    8 miles 1080 ft gain

  • Hike to Thunder Mountain at Carson Pass

    The trailhead begins on Rt 88 just past Kirkwood Resort or Silver Lake - depending on which way you are headed. There is plenty of parking but no other amenities. The trail begins at 7,900 ft and climbs steadily up Two Sentinels then along the rid...

    7 miles

  • Explore Skyline Drive In Winter

    Skyline Drive is a winding highway that cuts straight through Shenandoah National Park. Being that we are in the south, you will find that the road is closed for the majority of the winter, and usually at the very mention of snow. The first few ...

  • Explore Walnut Creek Park

    Just 25 minutes outside of Charlottesville, this is a great spot to take the family for the day and get some sunshine. If you are into mountain biking, you're in the right place. There are 13 miles of mountain bike trails that circle the lake. At...

  • Hike the Tenderfoot Trail

    From Chautauqua Park in Boulder, follow Baseline Road west (if you are driving up the mountain, you are golden). Drive 3.4 miles up Flagstaff Road and look for the sign for Realization Point on your right. It’s a little tricky to see from the road...

    2.1 miles 400 ft gain

  • Hike Mount Pleasant

    From the Mount Pleasant Parking Area, take the blue blazed Pompey Mountain Trail that is just beyond the horse gate. As it's a loop, you can start at either entrance, but I prefer heading left to get the longer leg of the hike before the summit (a...

    6.15 miles 1700 ft gain

  • Hike Dark Hollow Falls

    Catch the trailhead to these falls at mile 50.7 on Skyline Drive, just north of Big Meadows Lodge and Campground and the trailhead is just to the left of the parking lot. This is an easy 1.4 mile roundtrip hike, straight down to get to the falls,...

    1.4 miles

  • Photograph Hawksbill Mountain at Sunrise or Sunset

    The trail to the summit of Hawksbill begins on an unpaved road for the Pigsah National Forest. In about a half a mile the trail turns left just before reaching the Jonas Ridge Trail. This turn is an clearly marked turn with a sign for "Hawksbill ...

    1.5 miles 860 ft gain

  • Camp in the Gros Ventre Wilderness

    Take highway 89 out of Jackson, headed north, and turn on to Gros Ventre Rd. This will take you right past the campground, wild rivers, and ample hiking. Keep driving for about 20 miles as views of the Tetons appear behind you, and ample backcou...

  • Explore Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon

    This canyon is one of those places in Iceland that you don't find in any of the brochures, and don't see many photos of, but that's one of the reasons it's all that much more magical when you get there. There is a little grassy walking trail alon...

    1.2 miles

  • Camp and Paddle at Price Lake

    This campground is all kinds of amazing, and if you get one of the sites in the A loop, you will have lakefront property (just be warned, if I see you there, I'll have to crash with you ;-). Price Lake is a gorgeous lake right off the Blue Ridge ...

  • Take A Helicopter Ride Over Kauai

    There are lots of options for heli rides in Kauai, ranging from plush interiors with AC and noise canceling headphones, to deeply discounted, crowded rides, but my personal recommendation is to find a company that offers a doors off option (there ...

  • Climb Notchtop Mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park

    Park at Bear Lake, and follow the signs north of the lake to Odessa Lake. However, do NOT go all the way to Odessa Lake; after about 3 miles, when Notchtop is in full view, the trail begins to descend to Odessa Lake. Find an unmarked spur trail to...

    3.5 miles 1550 ft gain

  • Catch a Sunrise at Dream Lake

    Begin at the Bear Lake Trailhead, located at the end of Bear Lake Road, 9 miles from the entrance on Highway 36. Follow the signs to Dream Lake, passing Nymph Lake about halfway through. At 1.1 miles you will reach Dream Lake. The views of 12,713-...

    2.2 miles 402 ft gain

  • Hike Ryten Mountain

    Important: The GPS location on here just marks the island that this hike is located on! There is no "official" trailhead for this hike, but follow these directions and you will have no problem at all: Take the E10 towards the village of Fredvang a...

    6 miles 1780 ft gain

  • Photograph Spirit Island and Maligne Lake

    Spirit Island in Maligne Lake, is only accessible via canoe, kayak, or boat tour. As it's a 14km paddle to the island with sometimes strong winds, most people opt for the boat tour. If you are an experienced paddler, you can get rent a canoe from ...

  • Hike Iceline Trail

    The trailhead is accessed at the Takakkaw Falls parking lot, and then you walk to the Whiskey Jack Hostel where the trail officially begins (you can not park here unless you are a guest). The well marked trail then begins its very steep ascent th...

    12.3 miles 2867.5 ft gain

  • Kayak the Wailua and Hike to Secret (Uluwehi) Falls

    First, you need kayaks to get on the river. I bring my Oru Kayak with me everywhere, but we did have to rent one additional, and there are rentals everywhere - a quick Google search will get you tons of options. You can launch your boat from direc...

    1.5 miles

  • Hike to Nub Peak

    Starting right at Mt. Assiniboine Lodge, there is very clear signage for this hike. The arrows will lead you over a wooden walkway right before you begin a gentle assent through the woods,gaining elevation the further you go, and then arrive at Th...

    7.3 miles 2789 ft gain

  • Hike to Bow Glacier Falls

    The trailhead begins directly behind the Num-Ti-Jah Lodge on km 37 of the Icefields Highway. The trail is well marked and winds along the shore of Bow Lake for the first 1.2km of the hike. Eventually you will lead up to a narrow gorge and onto th...

    5.6 miles 508.5 ft gain

  • Explore the Jokulsarlan Ice Caves in Iceland

    There are quite a few companies that offer guided tours of ice caves throughout the country, but Extreme Iceland has the most options, as well as very experienced guides. Every fall the guides scout out the best caves, and they change weekly due t...

  • Hike to Bear Church Rock via Bootens Gap

    The trail leads along the ridge of Jones Mountain to the gorgeous views at Bear Church Rock, and it's the perfect hike for those seeking solitude - didn't see another soul the entire time on a holiday weekend.From the parking lot, head out left on...

    9.4 miles 800 ft gain

  • Explore Park Point in Mesa Verde National Park

    The Park Point Trail is the highest point in Mesa Verde National Park, and being close to the four corners, you can see for hundreds of miles in every direction on a clear day. It's a very short walk from the car, and there are several nice lookou...

  • Hike Mirador Las Torres

    This hike is truly awesome, but get ready to climb! You can park at the Hotel Las Torres, then you will see the trailhead right past the hotel, clearly marked. The hike is 11.2miles round trip with 3,000 ft of elevation gain, much of it at the end...

    11.2 miles

  • Photograph Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre from Route 40

    From El Calafate, the town of El Chalten is about 2 1/2 - 3 hours away. The entire drive is incredibly scenic as you will have views of Lake Argentina Viedma to start with, and as you get closer to the town, Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre get closer wit...

  • Kayak Two Jack Lake

    Of all the lakes in the Banff area, this was one of my favorites to get out on the water. Don't expect the bright blue glacial waters of some of the other lakes in the Canadian Rockies, but the water is pristine and it was one of the few places I...

  • Hike to Long House and Step House at Mesa Verde National Park

    This is a great opportunity to see two historic cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park within a relatively short period of time. Schedule your day around getting tickets to Long House, then taking a bit of a side trek to the Step House when y...

    3 miles 130 ft gain

  • Hike Nordenskiold Site No. 16 Trail

    This two mile round-trip trail leaves from the information kiosk near Long House and Step House, and leads through and area severely burned by the 2000 Pony Fire.  There's no shade on this trail, so if you are doing it during the hotter months, be...

    2 miles

  • Hike McAfee Knob

    From the parking lot on RT311: Cross the road and pick up the white blazed AT headed north. In about .4 miles you will reach an information kiosk where you will continue on the AT. About half way through the hike you will pass Johns Spring Shelte...

    8.8 miles 1740 ft gain

  • Camp at Lake Pehoé

    This campsite is great as you can be as adventurous or relaxed as you would like. You can choose to bring your own tent, or they offer rentals, as well as fully set-up domes. There is a restaurant on site, as well as a small camp store, and wifi a...

  • Photograph Perito Moreno Glacier

    From the town of El Calafate in Argentina, the glacier is less than two hours away down route 15. There are easy signs the entire way. You will then reach the park entrance, where you will pay roughly $20SUSD/per person for entrance. About 20 minu...

  • Hike to Mirador Los Condores

    When you drive in to El Chalten, you will see the visitor's center directly on your left. Park here, and there are signs to the lookout from the parking lot. It's an easy 1.2 mile round trip hike, but the views of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre are magn...

    1.2 miles 328 ft gain

  • Fat Bike In Telluride

    There are great fat bike trails leaving directly from the town of Telluride, CO with picture-perfect views of the San Juan Mountains. You can leave directly from where the main gondola takes off and go towards Bridal Veil, to the Valley Floor, or ...

  • Camp at Poincenot

    From El Chalten, the trail starts Avenida San Martín, where El Chaltén town ends. There you can park your vehicle in a designated parking area, or just walk from your hotel. The slope is steep to begin with, but levels off after the first kilomete...

    5.6 miles 984.3 ft gain

  • Kayak Beaver Creek Lake

    This little lake close to Charlottesville is my favorite place for an after work kayak, SUP, or just picnic by the water. It's a 20min drive from town, and the perfect place to watch the sunset over the Blue Ridge with water views. No gasoline p...

  • Hike Humpback Rocks

    This little hike is one of the most popular in the area, and for good reason! It's a short and steep one mile to the top, but the views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah National Park to the east, are some of the best around. It's somew...

    2 miles 800 ft gain

  • Hang Out At Riverview Park

    Riverview park has tons of options for getting outside around Charlottesville, VA. Part of the Rivanna Trail runs through here, so if you are really ambitious, this trail goes around the entire city. There are paved trails right along the river, s...