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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
Panorama Point Trail

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
Punta Mesa

Hiking the Punta Mesa & Trans-Preserve Loop

This moderately strenuous loop showcases the beauty and diversity of the Santa Rosa Plateau in satisfying fashion. As you make your way along the southern third of the reserve, you’ll sample nearly every ecosystem on the plateau, including grasslands, Engelmann and coast live oak woodlands, chaparral, sage-scrub, and riparian woodlands. You’ll also visit the historic adobe compound, and you’ll have…

read » July 26, 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
Soldiers Loop

Hiking the Soldiers Loop

This beautiful loop through a quiet corner of Giant Forest offers a bit of park history, beautiful meadows, giant sequoias, and some phenomenal sunset viewing spots at Moro Rock and Hanging Rock. Set aside a cool June evening to get the best out of the hike so that you can enjoy the late evening views west over the Sierra Foothills.…

read » July 21, 2016
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Hiking to Angel Glacier at Mount Edith Cavell

This short and relatively easy trail puts you within sight of the hanging Angel Glacier and the otherworldly blue glacial pond beneath Mount Edith Cavell — the most prominent peak entirely within the boundaries of Alberta — which was named for an incredible heroine of World War I. Further trail options include a beautiful alpine meadow, and a challenging technical ascent of…

read » July 20, 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
Scodie Mountain from the PCT

Hike Scodie Mountain via Northeast Ridge

Note: This map renders additional distance on this route for some reason. The GPX is accurate at 6.9 miles roundtrip. Scodie Mountain is the highest peak in the Scodie Mountain subrange of the southern Sierra Nevada mountains. While this peak doesn’t qualify as a classic, the solitude and views easily make it a worthwhile objective if you are looking for…

read » July 15, 2016
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Hiking Poli Poli State Recreation Area

Visitors to Maui come to the island expecting a certain kind of natural experience: sparklingly clear ocean waters, palm trees swaying in the breeze, waterfalls tumbling into secluded pools amidst tropical jungles, and jagged fields of lava rock. Visitors would be excused if they didn’t expect to encounter a slice of the Pacific Northwest inexplicably plopped down on the slopes…

read » July 14, 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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Hike to Athabasca Falls

As far was waterfalls go, the 75 foot tall (23m) Athabasca Falls wouldn’t win any medals for height, but what it lacks in stature it more than makes up for in raw power. A phenomenal amount of water tumbles down this cascade, made narrower (and therefore more forceful) by the surrounding hard quartzite rocks. A series of short and easy…

read » July 12, 2016

Hiking Mount Yamnuska (Mount John Laurie)

Rising like a towering monolith, Mount Yamnuska looms 7,349 feet above the prairies west of Calgary at the entry to the deeper Canadian Rockies. Popular with rock climbers and adventurous hikers, this trail requires some scrambling skills or lots of patience with nearly vertical scree ascents and cable sections. But if you’re up for the challenge, the views and feeling of…

read » July 11, 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 the Tent Ridge Track

This loop trail around Tent Ridge in Spray Lakes Provincial Park is a challenging day hike with some light technical sections, steep exposures, and absolutely epic views of the Spray Lakes, Kananaskis area, and southeastern Banff National Park. This is a stunning trail that belongs on every hiker’s must-do list. Towering some 8,000 feet above the deep valleys of Kananaskis…

read » July 6, 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
Trail runners heading up Indianhead

Hiking Indianhead Mountain

This route to one of Borrego Valley’s iconic peaks features a sampling of the best features of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park all rolled into one. The views from the summit of Indianhead Mountain are spectacular, as is the vertigo-inducing ascent. This hike is a must for all lovers of the Anza-Borrego Desert. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is rich in all…

read » June 7, 2016