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  • Hike the Peek-a-Boo Loop in Bryce Canyon

    This 5 mile hike begins at an elevation of 8000' at the Navajo Loop trailhead at Sunset Point. The view from the lookout of Sunset Point is only just a small taste of the sweeping vistas you will see on the hike. From Sunset Point follow the sign ...

    5 miles 1660 ft gain

  • Explore Kitch-iti-kipi ("Big Springs")

    Kitch-iti-kipi is a beautiful and easily accessed attraction in the southern region of Michigan's UP. The springs are a short 11.5 mile drive from the town of Manistique and are the perfect side trip for a UP getaway.Parking is plentiful at Palms ...

  • Photograph a Sunset at Sand Harbor, Lake Tahoe

    While Sand Harbor Park is a popular summer destination, the sunsets from this spot are breathtaking year round and you will have less company in the winter. The park is located right off of Highway 28 and has an admission fee of $7. There is a par...

  • Explore Wagner Falls

    Wagner Falls is an easy-to-reach waterfall right off of 94. There are parking areas on both sides of the highway so even when the trail is busy you will likely find a spot. Its close proximity to the highway and short trail make Wagner Falls the i...

  • Backpack to Surprise Lake in Grand Teton NP

    There is a good amount of parking at the Lupine Meadows Trailhead but on weekends and nice days it will fill up quickly so it is best to arrive as early as possible. The trail to Surprise Lake starts relatively level before quickly beginning to as...

    9.6 miles 2580 ft gain

  • Explore Munising Falls

    Munising Falls is a 50' falls located inside the city limits of Munising. The trail to the waterfall is directly outside the visitor center and makes for a quick and easy hike after stopping by to pick up a permit or check in with a ranger. The pa...

  • Backpack the Tanner Trail in Grand Canyon National Park

    The trip requires a backcountry permit for zone BB9 (reserve HERE). Backcountry permits in Grand Canyon National Park are available for reservation on the 1st of the month 4 months prior to your trip date (e.g. if you wanted to go on a trip on May...

    18 miles 4900 ft gain

  • Hike to Murhut Falls

    The trailhead to Murhut Falls is located about 7.5 miles off US-101 S but the last couple of miles are on NF-2530 which can be potholed and rutted. I made it up the road in my 2WD sedan but it took quite some time to dodge all of the potholes. Thi...

    1.6 miles 250 ft gain

  • Hike the East Bluff Trail to Devil's Doorway

    This hike begins at the east end of the North Shore Visitors' area. The hike starts relatively level before turning to the right and leading you up steps. The spectacular views come quickly on this hike as immediately after you reach the top steps...

    2.4 miles 500 ft gain

  • Explore Slieve League

    Slieve League (also: Sliabh Liag) is a mountain located in County Donegal on the Atlantic coast. Towering at an impressive 1,972 feet (609m), Slieve League is home to the highest sea cliffs in Europe. The cliffs are nowhere near as famous as the C...

  • Kayak the Wisconsin River in the Dells

    Just minutes away from the hullabaloo of downtown Wisconsin Dells is the perfect spot to launch a kayak and paddle the Wisconsin River. Finding a place to launch a kayak on the Wisconsin River can be tricky but we found the perfect spot. To get th...

  • Backpack from Chapel Basin to Beaver Creek

    This two day (easily extended if you want more time to explore) hike offers some of the best views in all 40 miles of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The days are split up into a 8.8 mile day and a 12.6 mile day and can be done in either direct...

    21.4 miles

  • Hike Falls View Canyon

    This hike is located immediately off of Highway 101 in the Falls View Campground. If the campground is closed you can park right outside of the gate (but don't block it) and hike in. Inside the gate you will see 3 paths in front of you, take a lef...

    1.5 miles 300 ft gain

  • Snowshoe or Ski to Lower Montgomery Pass Yurt

    The Lower Montgomery Pass Yurt is a part of the Never Summer Nordic yurt system and can be reserved through their website here. In the summer it can be accessed via a 4WD road but in the winter the road closes and you can either ski, snowshoe, or ...

    5.6 miles 853 ft gain

  • Backpack the Painted Desert in Petrified Forest National Park

    The Painted Desert is sprawling, its reach extends from the Four Corners, west to the Grand Canyon and south to Petrified Forest National Park. In total it encompasses 7,500 square miles and is full of colorful mesas that are worthy of its name. I...

    2 miles 400 ft gain

  • Camp at Devils Lake State Park

    Devil's Lake State Park has 29 miles of trail that vary in difficulty. The most popular trails are the East and West Bluff trails that circle Devil's Lake and offer some of the best views in the park. If you want a more relaxing day, head to the b...

  • Hike the Juniper Canyon, High Peaks, Tunnel Trail Loop in Pinnacles NP

    Pinnacles National Park is located just over two hours outside of San Francisco (depending on the traffic). It was designated the 59th national park in 2013 and while it is small it offers beautiful views and unique wildlife viewing. Keep an eye o...

    4.3 miles 1200 ft gain

  • Hike Spoon Creek Falls

    This is a great low effort, high reward hike that offers several viewpoints along the trail of the falls below before it meanders all the way to the shore of the creek. While it doesn't take long to hike to this spot you can easily spend an entire...

    0.8 miles 200 ft gain

  • Winter Hike to Loch Vale

    This winter adventure begins at the popular Glacier Gorge Trailhead in Rocky Mountain National Park. Make sure you arrive early as the parking lot fills up quickly! We started the hike with our microspikes on and carried our snowshoes. The park ra...

    6 miles 1040 ft gain

  • Winter Backpack to Artist Point

    You do need a Northwest Forest Pass to park in the lot overnight. You can buy a day use E-pass online here (pick Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest from the drop down menu) and print it out and it's ready to use. Or you can buy the annual pass...

    4 miles 1000 ft gain

  • Hike the Spinc and Glenealo Valley Trail in Glendalough

    Glendalough is located in Wicklow Mountains National Park and is just over an hour's drive from Dublin, making it the perfect day trip from Ireland's capital city. There are 9 hikes of varying lengths and difficulties in Glendalough but the 9km Sp...

    5.6 miles 1246.7 ft gain

  • Camp at Wai'anapanapa State Park

    Wai'anapanapa State Park is located at mile marker 32 on the Hana Highway. The park has limited parking, but many of the tourists are making quick stops on their journey to Hana and the turnover for parking is fast. Once parked, check in at the of...

    5 miles

  • Explore Powerscourt Waterfall

    The Powerscourt Waterfall grounds are beautiful; picture an incredibly green wooded area with a towering waterfall cascading down a rock wall and then flowing into a gentle creek running through a forest that is full of chirping birds. Can you ima...

  • Explore Carrick-a-rede

    Located just over an hour north of Belfast lies the tiny island of Carrick-a-rede and the famous rope bridge that connects it to mainland Northern Ireland. The rope bridge was initially built as a way for fisherman to access their fishing nets bac...