Matthew EatonExplorer

  • Hike to Shoshone Point

    A two mile round trip and relatively fast hike, Shoshone Point lies only about a mile from the parking lot and is an easy hike along a dirt road to a stunning vista. The trailhead is on Desert View Dr (Highway 64) about 3.5 miles east of the junct...

    2 miles 100 ft gain

  • Hike the Chasm View Nature Trail

    This easy trail is located along the north rim of the canyon and can be completed as either a short loop hike or a shorter out and back to the first overlook. You’ll find the trailhead at the North Rim Campground. The views of the canyon along thi...

    1 miles

  • Watch the Sunrise at Guanella Pass

    From Denver, take i70 to Georgetown and simply follow the signs through town to the top. This pass can also be accessed from the south via US Highway 285 at the town of Grant. Guanella Pass is closed in the winter, typically from about the last we...

    1 miles 100 ft gain

  • Winter Camp at Moraine Park

    For the extra-adventurous (my friends call me crazy for this), I recommend experiencing Rocky Mountain National Park in the off-season, when nobody else is there. Dead winter.Of course, you'll want to be uber prepared if you choose to take on this...

  • Hike to the Historical Interlaken Resort

    Follow Colorado Highway 24 South from Leadville for 14 miles, then turn right onto Colorado 82 towards Aspen. Turn left onto County Road 25, then follow the road for 1 mile to a small parking area for the Colorado Trail. You have arrived!This trai...

    6 miles 500 ft gain

  • Catch a Sunset at Goosenecks State Park

    For a small entrance fee of $5, you have the chance to photograph a beautiful canyon view without having to hike miles and days to get to it. Enjoy this rare luxury! There is a pavilion with a picnic table for dinner while you wait for the sunset,...

  • Hike Chimney Gulch Trail at Windy Saddle Park

    Just outside of Golden, CO is Lookout Mountain. If you’ve ever driven westbound on i70 from Denver to the mountains, you’ve undoubtedly seen this mountain to your right with antennas on the top. On the north side of Lookout Mountain lies Windy Sad...

    5 miles 1000 ft gain

  • Hike Lookout Mountain Trail at Windy Saddle Park

    Just outside of Golden, CO is Lookout Mountain. If you’ve ever driven westbound on i70 from Denver to the mountains, you’ve undoubtedly seen this mountain to your right with antennas on the top. On the north side of Lookout Mountain lies Windy Sad...

    2.6 miles 500 ft gain

  • Summit Mount Flora

    Colorado’s Rocky Mountains offer hikes of all lengths, sizes and difficulties. Mt. Flora stands at a lofty 13,146 ft and is a great intro to climbing peaks in Colorado. Roundtrip, this hike is 6.5 miles and will take you (in the summer) through fi...

    6.5 miles 2200 ft gain

  • Explore the Trollstigen

    The nearest town is the very picturesque Åndalsnes, which lies at entrance of the large Isfjorden along the Rauma River, and is about a 5 and a half hour drive from the capital city of Oslo. Immediately upon turning onto Highway 63, a beautiful va...

  • Backpack to Snowmass Lake

    For the adventurous backpacker looking to get backcountry in central Colorado, the stunning beauty of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness cannot be beat. While the Maroon Bells just outside of Aspen might be the most photographed mountains on Nor...

    16.6 miles 2500 ft gain

  • Watch the Sunset from Mt Evans Road

    Leave Evergreen, CO and access the Mount Evans Road and Mount Evans Recreation Area from Squaw Pass, CO 103 at Echo Lake.Drive along the slopes of Mount Evans, a Colorado 14er standing at 14,264 ft. 5 switchbacks down from the summit, on a tight ...

  • Snowshoe to Squaw Mountain Fire Lookout

    Come check out the Squaw Mountain Fire Lookout, a historic spot located in the Mount Evans Wilderness Area of Colorado, and one of the highest lookout towers in the country, at an elevation of 11,486 ft. Just a short drive from the Front Range cor...

    4.75 miles 1200 ft gain

  • Backpack the Colorado Trail: Copper Mountain to Hagerman Pass

    The Colorado Trail (CT) runs for 483 miles from Denver to Durango, crossing through eight mountain ranges and passing through six wilderness areas. There are great resources on completing a thru-hike of the CT; this post is about Segments 8-9 of t...

    39 miles

  • Hike or Snowshoe to Rainbow Lakes

    You can do this hike two different ways: 1- Start from the Peaks Trail Trailhead for an out and back hike, distance is a little over 2 miles roundtrip. 2- Start along the Summit County Recreational Trail (as marked on this map), also out and back ...

    3 miles 250 ft gain

  • Hike to the top of Offersøykammen

    Like many of the hikes on the Lofoten Islands, there is no official trail or trailhead for this hike. To find it, take the E10 highway out of Leknes toward Å for about 6.5km. Keep your eyes pealed for a small trail on the north side of highway, an...

    3 miles 1600 ft gain

  • Hike the Pawnee Buttes

    The Pawnee Buttes are a major geological feature within Pawnee National Grasslands in the far northeastern part of Colorado. There are two sandstone buttes that each rise over 300ft from the surrounding areas. There are also several other mesas ne...

    3 miles

  • Hike Chief Mountain, CO

    Sitting at 11,709’, Chief Mountain is not one of Colorado’s highest peaks, but the views from this mountain are spectacular nonetheless and rival the views of any 14er I’ve climbed. This mountain sits along Squaw Pass Road so you get the luxury of...

    4 miles 1100 ft gain

  • Hike Beaver Brook Trail at Windy Saddle Park

    Just outside of Golden, CO is Lookout Mountain. If you’ve ever driven westbound on i70 from Denver to the mountains, you’ve undoubtedly seen this mountain to your right with antennas on the top. On the north side of Lookout Mountain lies Windy Sad...

    5 miles 500 ft gain

  • Fly Fish Crystal Lake

    Crystal Lake is a beautiful lake (or could it be called a pond?), set in the shadow of the Rocky Mountain’s highest peaks, Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive, can be found about six miles south of Leadville, CO on the west side of US 24. This lake holds a...

  • Camp at Long Canyon

    If you haven’t been to Moab, UT then you are missing out. There is truly something for everyone in this breathtaking desert landscape which has become increasingly popular over the past several years. There are two major national parks nearby, Arc...

  • Climb Mt. Sneffels via the Southwest Ridge

    There is a great description of this trailhead here: Hike Mount SneffelsThe SW Ridge route of Mt Sneffels is a Class III scramble in the Mount Sneffels Wilderness area of the San Juan Range located between Ouray and Telluride, Colorado. This rout...

    3 miles 1800 ft gain

  • Watch the Sunrise from Ice Beach

    One of the more popular sites in Iceland is the Jökulsárlón Ice Lagoon, but an equally amazing site lies right across the highway where icebergs wash ashore after leaving the ice lagoon. These pieces of ice make for a stunning view on the black sa...

  • Winter Camp at Lefthand Reservoir

    The Brainard Lake Recreation Area is a winter adventurers playground with numerous snowshoe and cross country ski options to be explored. This area is popular as it offers dramatic mountain peaks, a trail for everyone (no motorized vehicles off of...

    3 miles 250 ft gain

  • Hike through Þingvellir National Park

    From the visitor center there are several trails that lead into the countryside. Take the obvious trail down the ramp and into the gap where you can explore the beautiful terrain, waterfalls and historic sites. You could easily spend an entire day...

    2 miles 50 ft gain

  • Hiking into Mayflower Gulch

    You'll turn off of Highway 91 about 5.5 miles past Copper Mountain, and before you reach the Climax mine or the town of Leadville. The trailhead is clearly marked, though there are no restrooms here.This route is available to hike in the summer, o...