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

  • 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 to Spy Rock via Cash Hollow

    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 5.7 miles, and there are nice campsites at the base of the summ...

    5.7 miles 1207 ft gain

  • 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 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 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 ...

  • 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 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

  • 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 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

  • 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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • 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

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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...