Grant WhittyExplorer

  • Hike to Adams Falls

    Adams Falls is one of the most popular hikes in the Grand Lake area, and one of the easiest. If you are just hiking to the falls, you will not need to bring much with you besides a camera, due to the distance.  If you plan to venture past the fall...

    1 miles 113 ft gain

  • Explore Columbus Junction's Swinging Bridge

    The Swinging Bridge is one of the main attractions in Columbus Junction, Iowa. The highway runs straight through town. As you drive into town you will see multiple signs about the bridge. About half-way through town you will take a left, and the ...

  • Explore the Maquoketa Caves

    From the Maquoketa Caves State Park office, near the parking area, hike north for access to 8 of the 16 caves in the park. These caves include Wide Mouth Cave, Dug Out Cave, Twin Arch Cave, Hernando's Hideaway, Up-N-Down Cave, Widow Cave, Match Ca...

  • Camp at Governor Dodge State Park

    You can make campground reservations ahead of time or drive into the park to talk to a ranger, and reserve a hike-in campsite for the a night.Once you're all set up, you can hike to the beach of Cox Hollow Lake to hang out, go for a swim, or snap...

  • Hike to "The A" via the Foothills Trail

    Why is there an A on the side of the mountain? The "A" stands for Aggies. When Colorado State University was first founded in 1870, it was originally called Colorado Agricultural College. The mascot at the time was The Aggies. Though the college h...

    4.1 miles 565 ft gain

  • Hike to Lake Solitude

    Start out at South Jenny Lake.You have the option to take a ferry boat to the other side of the lake to make the journey shorter. If you want to take the ferry, it's about $15 and saves you an extra 4 miles RT.So from South Jenny Lake you hike alo...

    16.5 miles 2600 ft gain

  • Backpack the Medicine Bow Peak Trail in the Snowy Range Mountains

    Take the Snowy Range Scenic Byway to Lake Marie trail head. Lake Marie trail head is the farthest west trailhead and parking area in the immediate Snowy Range Area. Parking in the lot there. I went on a Friday evening and there was one vehicle the...

    7 miles 1679 ft gain

  • Hike the Bent Rock Trail at Red Mountain Open Space

    To get to Red Mountain Open Space from Fort Collins, take Highway 287 to Highway 1. Follow Highway 1 until you see County Road 15, get off there. This is where it gets confusing, so hang on. You will follow CR15 for a few miles until CR78, take a ...

    2.6 miles 200 ft gain

  • Backcountry Ski or Snowboard at Cameron Pass

    To get to Cameron Pass, drive west out of Fort Collins from Highway 287, to Highway 14, into Poudre Canyon. Take the drive all the way through Poudre Canyon, and soon you will climb out of the canyon and towards the continental divide at Cameron P...

  • Hike the Fire Point Loop Trail, Effigy Mounds National Monument

    To get to Effigy Mounds National Monument travel to the town of Marquette, Iowa. If you drive north of town about three miles, the road will curve to the left, and the park entrance will be on the right.  After you park, you may take a stop in the...

    1.7 miles 301 ft gain

  • View Fall Color on Cameron Pass

    From the front range, drive west of Fort Collins, Colo. on Highway 14 towards Walden, Colo. When you enter Highway 14 from Fort Collins, look for Ted's Place. Ted's is a gas station and convenient store, stop here to hit the bathroom, fill up on g...

  • Hike to American Lakes

    American Lakes are two high alpine lakes located within State Forest State Park and the Never Summer Mountain Range. The park is located about 75 miles west of Fort Collins, Colo. along Highway 14 on the west side of Cameron Pass.Coming down from ...

    11 miles 1680 ft gain

  • Hike the Horseshoe Bluff Trail

    To get to the trailhead within Mines of Spain, drive to the Dubuque area, turn off of Highway 61/151, and on to Highway 52. From Highway 52, turn left onto Mines of Spain Road until you find the parking lot. Once you park your car, go up the woode...

    1.6 miles 208 ft gain

  • Hike to Devil's Punch Bowl, WIldcat Den SP

    Wild Cat Den State Park is located between Blue Grass, Iowa and Muscatine, Iowa, just south of the Quad Cities. If traveling on Highway 22, look for Wild Cat Den Road. If you are coming from Highway 61, look for Vail Road, and then turn left on to...

    1.3 miles 235 ft gain

  • Hike the Mahogany Loop Trail at Soapstone Prairie Natural Area

    To get to Soapstone Prairie from Fort Collins, take Highway 287 north out of town, then turn right onto Highway 1. Continue on Highway 1 until it meets with County Road 15. Take County Road 15 north all the way to Rawhide Flats Road, which leads d...

    7.4 miles 330 ft gain

  • Hike the 3 Bar and Oh Tee Loops at Eagle's Nest Open Space

    To get to Eagle's Nest Open Space drive on Highway 287 between Laramie, Wyo. and Fort Collins, Colo. As you continue down 287, look for the Forks restaurant and rest stop  in Livermore, Colo. Turn here onto Red Feather Lakes Road. After a few hund...

    5 miles 150 ft gain

  • Photograph Poudre Falls

    To get to Poudre Falls, simply drive up Poudre Canyon on Highway 14, just north-west of Fort Collins.  The drive all of the way up to the falls is a little bit of a jaunt and will take about an hour or so. There are plenty of cool things to see on...

  • Rock Climb at Duncan's Ridge

    Par in the paring lot on the east side of the road. Cross the road and begin up the trail to the west. Once you crest the hill, you will be onto of the routes.

  • Summer Ski or Snowboard at Independence Pass

    To get to Independence Pass, drive either southeast of Aspen, Colorado or west of Twin Lakes, Colorado on Highway 82. Continue to drive until you reach the summit where there is parking, and restrooms. From the summit of the pass, a hiking trail f...

  • Hiker to Weller Lake

    1 miles 229 ft gain

  • Rock Climb at Duncan's Ridge

    Duncan's Ridge is a great climbing spot with a wide variance of route difficulties.