Whitney James

  • Lakeside Camping and Mountain Biking

    This trail system is somewhat of a hidden gem to mountain bikers south of the Wyoming border. Those who know their way around the best trail systems, though, hail Curt Gowdy as one of the best. If you've got some energy to burn, try the IMBA Epic ...

  • Camp at Heart Lake

    Ever wanted to pick a spot on the map and just GO for the weekend? That's exactly how we discovered Heart Lake. Our only recommendation is don't do it in October, when it might snow. A lot.As there's not much to do other than hike around up there,...

  • Hike to Emerald Lake

    Anyone who has been to Rocky Mountain National Park, or any national park for that matter, knows they get CROWDED. One of the best ways to beat the crowds are to arrive before the sun comes up (or stay after it goes down). That's how we opted to d...

    3.5 miles 650 ft gain

  • Relax at Maroon Lake

    The Maroon Bells are known around the world for being some of the most iconic, beautiful mountains in all of the United States. Even if you haven't heard of them, there's a chance you've seen them. And if you've seen them in person, it's likely yo...

  • Mountain Bike the Colorado Trail near Mount Elbert

    This is the way to see fall colors if you're into empty trails and endorphins. Grind up the trail starting from South Elbert Trailhead. You'll turn right onto the Colorado Trail at .3 miles and stay here for as long as you like, or 7.3 miles to th...

  • Drive Kebler Pass for Fall Colors

    Kebler Pass, or Gunnison County Road (GCR) 12, is an excellent place to see fall colors in Colorado. You won't get nearly as much congestion as on Independence Pass in Aspen, but you get just as many yellow and amber leaves. The road is dirt but p...

  • Hike Sunrise Trails at Mount Rainier

    I grew up in Washington, but didn't get out to Mount Rainier until I came home for a visit years later. We took advantage of the nonexistent snowpack and headed up in mid-June, which is normally a terrible time to visit (think late summer). There ...

    6 miles 1200 ft gain

  • Boat-in Camping at Lake Chelan

    You'll pick up the Lady of the Lake Ferry in downtown Chelan. Take the slowboat or the faster version, and prepare to settle in to an incredibly scenic and enjoyable ride up the 50 mile long Lake Chelan (the largest lake in the state by any measur...

  • Mountain Bike the Book Cliffs

    Fruita is Colorado's mountain biking paradise. Right across the border from world-famous Moab, it's only slightly lesser known. People on the Front Range make monthly pilgrimages to this epic spot for desert camping and mountain biking. The area i...

  • Mountain Bike Echo Ridge

    Designed for cross country skiing, this trail system brings together the perfect amount of ups and downs for summer mountain biking. Generally flowy with a handful of steeper pitches, the area can be ridden in any number of loops or connections.Lo...

  • Sunset Hike to Delicate Arch

    If there is one time not go to Delicate Arch, it's during sunset. Every man and his poodle is perched on the ledge of the amphitheater overlooking the view, plus you're accidentally photo-bombing group selfies from every angle, and there's fresh g...