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Great View Of Downtown

This would be a perfect trail to watch the sunrise (which is on my list). Incredible view of downtown on a clear day and was blown away by how far I could see.

Great Morning Hike

I did this hike recently on a summer morning to avoid the heat of the day. It's a perfect way to start the day and finish by tubing down Clear Creek. The only downside for me was the presence of rattle snakes and having my dogs with me. I was unaware of these dangers until I showed up and saw the sign. After asking around, they are very prevalent in the hot summer months so it might be best to leave the pup at home.

Must See

Hiked to the falls in late April and most of the waterfall was still frozen over, but still so beautiful. The road out there was REALLY rough on my 2WD car, but it made it without falling apart. Win! If you're already in the area for the Great Sand Dunes I highly recommend checking the falls out as a part of your trip!

Great First 14er

I loved this hike! The views were amazing in all directions and the weather was so nice at the top that we were able to hang out there for a while. I would get there as early as you can to beat the crowds, even on a weekday the overflow cars went up the road about a quarter of a mile!

Great Car Camping

I was shocked when I drove up to this spot, it was so picturesque. Once you reach the day-use parking lot there is a road that continues along through the woods. There are tons of secluded spots within the trees, but I kept driving further down the road. You'll eventually come to an opening and there are fire rings set up in a beautiful meadow with a view of the nearby mountain tops. I went during the week and had no problem getting one of the 4 spots in the meadow.

Perfect Afternoon Hike

Completed this hike on a Thursday in May and it was the perfect weather for an afternoon hike. Dogs are allowed off leash if they are under voice command which I love! There were still a lot of people on the trail even for a week day, but that didn't take away from the experience. We had some great conversation and made some new friends as we spent an hour just hanging out around the arch. Afterwards we grabbed a couple beers at the Santias brewery- which has an awesome dog-friendly patio and a great selection of beers!

Beautiful and Iconic

Definitely worth visiting at sunset. I agree with all of the other reviews about visiting on weekday if at all possible. I was there on a Monday and was virtually the only person for miles around.

Iconic

I decided to drive up to the Point Reyes Shipwreck to see it before it was removed. It was such an iconic and unique part of the landscape and it was disheartening to see it partially burned up. Glad I made the trip out here! The small town of Inverness is a great little stop on the way to Cypress Tree Tunnel as well.

Beautiful Redwoods and Waterfalls

A small group of us hiked this counter-clockwise based on all the reviews and that was definitely a great suggestion. It's just unfortunate that essentially the first five miles (or last depending on the direction the loop is hiked) that comprises the Sunset Trail doesn't offer much in scenery. We decided to actually jog that part of the trail and then take our time on the remainder of the hike. The waterfalls were flowing this time of year (end of April) and they were beautiful and the Redwoods were stunning in the afternoon light. All-in-all with jogging that first part the loop took us about 4.5 hours.

Perfect Beginner 13er

This was my first mountain summit and while it was rather strenuous in the beginning the views were unbeatable. I made the trek at the end of April and there was still a ton of snow and some sketchy areas on the East side of the ridge as you make your way to the summit. There wasn't really any trail the entire way so I just tried to stay on the west side of the ridge. I had my dogs with me and they absolutely loved it. They were able to easily complete the hike without me worrying about their safety. Loved this hike, definitely recommend it!

Incredible hut!

The was my first backcountry experience in Colorado and I have to say the bar was set pretty high. Even more than the unbeatable views of the valley below, this hut was equipped with amenities that I would not have expected to be here! Even though I'm not a backcountry skier I still had an amazing time and had plenty to do! Definitely recommend this hut!

I hiked this January 16, and while there was snow on the trail the entire way, snowshoes were not necessary. The scenery was beautiful and the lookout point was breathtaking! We started the hike later on a Saturday afternoon and only saw a handful of people at the very beginning of the trek. Definitely recommend this as a great day-hike for anyon in Denver.

This is a must-do in the area. It offers breathtaking scenery of the valley below and is perfect for one of those days that you want the views without the effort of hiking!

This is a pretty easy hike to the beautiful Franz Josef Glacier. It's really a shame how much of the glacier has receded since 2008 (when it entered a rapid phase of retreat). Just more of a reason to continually make efforts to preserve our environment and areas like these. Make sure you take the chance to see while you can!

A relatively easy hike that's rewarded with a beautiful view. It only took a couple hours to make this hike, but we spent several hours hiking around the lakes to get different perspectives once we made it there. There's also several spots to have a nice picnic!

What an unforgettable view! I made this hike when there was still several feet of snow on the ground so it was some tough going to reach this point but totally worth it. We started around dawn and had to push the last few kilometers on the way back to make it down before sunset- so make sure you leave plenty of time during the shorter days of fall and winter.

Absolutely love Garden of the Gods. It's a stunning place to witness the power of the earth with its unique rock formations. If you're looking for a place to stay in Colorado Springs, I stayed at the Garden of the Gods resort and from your room you can see the sunrise over Pikes Peak and the Gardens. Truly unforgettable.

Discovery Park was my frequent escape when I lived in Ballard. Perfect spot to watch the sunset or have a beach picnic!

When I visited this area I decided to stay on Tonsai Beach instead of nearby Railay and it was a great choice. Both beaches are beautiful but the more authentic vibe and deepwater soloing can't be beat on Tonsai.

My favorite part of visiting Kuala Lumpur! It's amazing to see all the ornate carvings in the cave. Beware of the monkeys- they may be cute but they're ruthless!

By far the most incredible part of Arches National Park. Truly a special experience as there are no trails throught the area, so you create your own adventure. Be sure to get a permit from the visitors center and follow the explicit instructions about the preservation of the area! It's also very easy to get lost without the access of trails so I brought a GPS and that made all the difference!

Beautiful view from here and definitely worth the early rise to watch the sunrise.

Pro- tip: Make a u-turn once you get to the parking lot and then start driving back down the road and park off to the side once you see the Speed Limit sign change back up to 40 mph. Then walk straight out into the basin and you'll find some incredible salt patterns. Be careful and respectful of the landscape, while you CAN walk anywhere in the park, try not to crush the salt formations. Enjoy!

Easy hike ending a beautiful overlook. I made the wise choice to go on a week day and didn't have to deal with overcrowding. If you can make that happen with your schedule, I suggest it!