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Big Pine Lakes and Palisade Glacier via Sam Mack Meadow

An exceptionally beautiful route for day hiking or backpacking, this trek along the North Fork of Big Pine Creek passes several stunning alpine lakes and offers numerous opportunities for idyllic backcountry wilderness camping as well as several more strenuous technical routes to nearby peaks and the Palisade Glacier. It’s no secret that the Eastern Sierra is not short on jaw-dropping…

read » August 2, 2016
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Hiking the Panorama Point Trail

With the Rockies as Denver’s backyard playground, it feels like the mountains are constantly beckoning. Unfortunately we can’t always make time to get out into the the thick of the backcountry. Sometimes we just need a little micro adventure to satisfy our nature cravings. Luckily the Front Range has an extensive number of hikes just an hour away from the Queen City. Panorama…

read » July 28, 2016
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Hike to the Source of Miette Hot Springs

A short, easy walk to the historic ruins of the original Miette Hot Springs bathhouse and the source of the springs themselves — the hottest in the Canadian Rockies! So you’ve earned a solid lunch hiking up to the Sulphur Skyline. You’ve enjoyed a well-earned soak in the Miette Hot Springs. You probably think that’s all there is to do…

read » July 27, 2016
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Hiking the Sulphur Skyline Trail

A just-under 5 mile trek to a mountain peak overlooking a phenomenally rugged section of the Canadian Rockies. This moderately strenuous hike is a steady climb the whole way up, and the frequently changing weather conditions may determine just how far you actually make it on the trail. No matter how tough you find this route, it has one of…

read » July 27, 2016
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Hiking Maligne Canyon

This 5-mile lollipop loop just east of Jasper Townsite takes you along the Maligne River and into the ever-narrowing Maligne Canyon — the deepest gorge in the Canadian Rockies. As the canyon progresses, the walls get taller and close in on the river, creating tumbling cascades and waterfalls through the slot-like canyon. Springs are abound on this route and water…

read » July 26, 2016
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Hiking Moraine Lake

A stunning area for autumn larch foliage, the easy trail around one shore of Moraine Lake is a must-hike for photographers and lovers of epic scenery in the summer as well. There are lots of opportunities for outdoor adventures here, including kayaking in the aquamarine lake and longer backpacking treks into Consolation or Larch Valleys or across the Wenkchemna and…

read » July 25, 2016
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Hiking Sunshine Meadows

A figure-8 loop across the border into British Columbia that passes the Continental Divide and three stunning alpine lakes beyond a popular ski resort. With waterfalls and snow in the early summer, spectacular wildflower displays later in the season, and golden larches in the fall, this is often called Canada’s best day hike … and for good reason. Sunshine Meadows…

read » July 19, 2016
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Hike to the Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse at Lake Louise

An absolutely unforgettable and epic day hike from the shores of world famous Lake Louise to a stunning glacial overlook deep in the Canadian Rockies. During the summer months, ambitious hikers can refuel empty stomachs and sooth tired legs at the Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse – an almost painfully charming rest stop tucked aside the glacial valley here. If…

read » July 13, 2016
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Hiking Del Mar Mesa Preserve

Much of coastal San Diego lies upon a series of sandstone terraces cut deeply in many places by intermittent and perennial streams. This characteristic “mesa and canyon” topography has been made less conspicuous by decades of barely restrained development. Today, subdivisions, shopping centers, roads, and a handful of municipal and county parks occupy, but do not entirely obscure this topography.…

read » July 7, 2016
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Hiking Chester Lake

A beautiful, moderate trek through a dense pine and larch forest to a picturesque alpine lake surrounded by majestic peaks, the trail to Chester Lake is a gentle incline with a huge visual payoff. Perfect as a day hike or as the start of a backpacking trip, this route is also accessible during the winter months as a snowshoeing trail.…

read » July 5, 2016
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Hike Grassi Lakes

A beautiful hike through a dense forest to a pair of beautiful emerald lakes sitting at the edge of an ancient reef. Located just outside of the town of Canmore and reachable via a fun but moderately strenuous trail or an easier fire road ascent, this route is popular with day hikers and rock climbers alike. Grassi Lakes is part…

read » June 28, 2016
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Hike Bear’s Hump

This short trek is a perfect introduction to Waterton Lakes National Park. Beginning just behind the main Visitor Centre for the park, this rugged little trail makes a surprisingly steep climb to a rocky promontory with clear views in nearly every direction. From here, you’ll have unparalleled views of Waterton Village and the Lakes themselves, not to mention the picturesque…

read » May 24, 2016
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Hiking Crypt Lake

Voted Canada’s Best Hike in 1981 and rated one of the world’s most thrilling trails by National Geographic in 2014, the 11-mile trail to Crypt Lake and back is definitely worthy of superlatives. Your trip begins on a boat ride from Waterton Township, then climbs up nearly 2200 feet of trail through dense forest surrounded by towering peaks. You’ll pass…

read » May 23, 2016
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Hiking Lineham Falls

A beautiful journey through Lineham Canyon, this hike takes you through dense pine forests and open alpine meadows filled with summer wildflowers into a gorgeous amphitheater dotted with azure lakes and crowned by a 410-foot tall waterfall. A stunning day hike — one of the finest in the region. If you’ve ever spent time hiking in the Columbia River Gorge…

read » May 19, 2016
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Hike Millard Canyon Falls

This short trip to a picturesque waterfall is a beautiful hike at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains that has long been closed due to wildfires. Extend your time in the area at the nearby campsite or with neighboring trails. The 2009 Station Fire really did a number on outdoor recreation in the San Gabriel Mountains. Millard Canyon, long…

read » May 19, 2016
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Hike Red Rock Canyon and Blackiston Falls

A just-under 2 mile loop trail that explores some of the scenic highlights of northern Waterton Lakes National Park, this route takes you inside the beautifully color-contrasted Red Rock Canyon and to a lovely overlook of Blackiston Falls. This is a great introduction to this section of the park or a nice way to squeeze in some extra trail time…

read » May 18, 2016
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Hike the Mayhem Gulch Trail

This great front country journey provides some much-needed natural escape for citizens of Denver. Just an hour’s drive outside the city, hikers can enjoy a quick and easy (and mostly solitary) trek or a full day in the outdoors. An alternating weekend use prevents unnecessary conflict between hikers and cyclists — if you’re headed here on the weekend and aren’t…

read » May 17, 2016
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Hike Crandell Lake

A fairly moderate, family-friendly hike from one of the major campgrounds in Waterton Lakes National Park to a beautiful lakeside backcountry campsite framed by stunning peaks in the Canadian Rockies. This is a beautiful route that is understandably popular with summer swimmers. Picturesque Crandell Lake and its lakeside campground can be reached by two routes in Waterton Lakes National Park…

read » May 17, 2016
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Hike to Lower Bertha Falls

Lower Bertha Falls is an unusual waterfall — a twisted, tangled cascade sprawled across upturned rocks and hidden amongst a dense wall of greenery. This waterfall is accessible via a moderately challenging trail, but even in the summer you can find solitude on this route. More energetic hikers can continue past the falls to a backcountry campground at Bertha Lake…

read » May 16, 2016
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Hike Hamilton Mountain

Note: While my gps track showed under 6 miles for this trip, my hiking partner’s clocked in at 6.5. Doing some research, there seems to generally be some discrepancy on the exact milage for this trip. However, the consensus seems to put it at around 6.5 miles. Before moving to Portland, I was semi-aware of a place people referred to…

read » May 12, 2016