Nymph Dream and Emerald Lake Hike

Nymph, Dream & Emerald Lake Hike (+ How to Add on Bear Lake & Lake Haiyaha)

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The Emerald Lake hike is one of the most popular hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park. On this hike, you get to see three very pretty alpine lakes (Nymph Lake, Dream Lake, and Emerald Lake), with the option to add on Bear Lake and Lake Haiyaha. This is a great hike for almost all ages and ability levels. The Emerald …

North Cascades National Park Guide

9 Best Things to do in North Cascades National Park

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Wild, rugged, remote…North Cascades National Park is highly underrated park, especially for hikers and backpackers. The scenic drives and overlooks give you a glimpse of the beauty of this place, but to truly discover the majesty of the North Cascades, you’ll have to hit the hiking trails. Here are the 9 best things to do in North Cascades National Park. …

How to Hike the Beehive Trail

How to Hike the Beehive Trail, Acadia National Park

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The Beehive Trail is one of the most thrilling hikes in Acadia National Park. This trail is a tamer, easier version of the Precipice Trail. It features sections of cliff walks and metal rungs, but with less elevation gain and less exposure, this is a good option if you are not quite sure if you can handle the Precipice Trail. …

Hike Mt Angeles in Olympic NP

Hiking the Klahhane Ridge Trail to Mount Angeles, Olympic NP

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The hike from Hurricane Ridge to Mount Angeles is a spectacular day hike in Olympic National Park. Along the Klahhane Ridge Trail you have panoramic views over this side of Olympic National Park. To get up onto Mount Angeles, it’s a tough hike that ends with some tricky rock scrambling, but you are rewarded for your efforts. On a clear …

South Rim Black Canyon of the Gunnison

6 Things to do on the South Rim of Black Canyon of the Gunnison

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The Black Canyon of the Gunnison is a highly underrated national park. In some ways, it’s a smaller, less crowded version of the Grand Canyon. You can enjoy the views along both rims, hike the rim trails, or go on a real adventure by hiking below the rim. You can explore both the North and the South rims of the …

South Rim Drive Road Black Canyon

Complete Guide to South Rim Drive Road, Black Canyon of the Gunnison

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Driving South Rim Drive Road is one of the best things to do in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Along its short distance, you can take your pick between 12 overlooks. This is the easiest and fastest way to get panoramic views of the canyon, see the unique, striated cliffs, and peer down to the Gunnison River. In this …

Best Things to do in Mesa Verde

Top 10 Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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Located in southwestern Colorado, Mesa Verde National Park is one of the most unique national parks in the United States. This park preserves the ancient Puebloan cliff dwellings and archeological sites that are hundreds of years old. Short hikes, scenic drives, and viewpoints make the to-do list, but the best way to experience this park is to get up close …

North Cascades Hiking List

12 Great Hikes in North Cascades National Park

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North Cascades National Park is not a place that easily reveals itself. Sure, the drive along Highway 20 is lovely. And the viewpoints over the lakes and mountain passes are gorgeous. But, to really see this park, you are going to have to invest some time on the hiking trails. If you only saw the North Cascades from the viewpoints …

Longs Peak

Twin Sisters Peak Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park

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The Twin Sisters Peak trail, which crosses between Rocky Mountain National Park and the Roosevelt National Forest, offers 360° views from the top of the Twin Sisters Peaks. Since this hike is on the far eastern edge of Rocky Mountain National Park, you get a panoramic view of the national park, with Longs Peak and Mount Meeker in the foreground. …

Skyline Trail Loop Hike

Skyline Trail Loop & Panorama Point, Mt. Rainier National Park

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For jaw-dropping views of Mt. Rainier National Park, it’s hard to beat the Skyline Trail Loop. The entire hike is a beauty. Starting in Paradise, you will hike past lovely Myrtle Falls, through pine forests, and then ascend the slopes to the base of Mt. Rainier. From Panorama Point, enjoy spectacular views over the park, and on a clear day …

Best Hike in North Cascades

Cascade Pass and Sahale Arm Hike: North Cascades National Park

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For outstanding views of the North Cascades, put the Cascade Pass and Sahale Arm hike on your list. Often labeled as the best day hike in North Cascades National Park, the Sahale Arm hike is gorgeous every step of the way. You’ll hike through evergreen forests, through fields of heather and wildflowers, past marmots, mountain goats, and maybe even bear. …

Best Hikes Rocky Mountain National Park

15 Best Hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park

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Rocky Mountain National Park is best seen from a hiking trail. Fortunately, there are hikes for all ages and ability levels. From short, easy strolls around lakes, to ridgeline trails with panoramic views, to challenging but epic climbs to the tallest mountain peaks, there truly is something here for everyone. Here are 15 of the best hikes in Rocky Mountain …

Deer Mountain Hike Colorado

How to Hike Deer Mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park

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Deer Mountain is one of the easier hikes in Rocky Mountain National Park that offers high mountain views. To get to the peak, it’s an almost constant uphill walk through an evergreen forest. You will get occasional glimpses of Longs Peak early on during the hike, but for the most part, you will have to wait until you reach the …

How to Hike the Gunnison Route

How to Hike the Gunnison Route | Black Canyon of the Gunnison

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The Gunnison Route takes hikers from the south rim of the Black Canyon to the Gunnison River. It’s the most popular inner canyon experience on the south rim, but don’t let that fool you. This is a hard, strenuous hike where you will descend (and later hike back up) a massive amount of elevation in a short period of time. …

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8 Amazing Things to do at Great Sand Dunes National Park

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Great Sand Dunes is a much different experience than many other national parks in the United States. Sure, there is hiking and amazing sunsets and ranger programs, but this park has a much different feel to it. It’s a small park and the list of things to do is very short. A few hours are really all you need to …

Gem Lake

Gem Lake Hike, Rocky Mountain National Park

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Gem Lake is a short but strenuous hike in Rocky Mountain National Park. Not only do you get to visit a pretty lake but you also get sweeping views of Estes Park with Longs Peak in the distance. If you are looking for a short, family-friendly hike, and don’t mind a bit of a stair climb at times, this is …

Enchantments Hike

The Enchantments Thru Hike: The Complete Guide

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The Enchantments is a slice of hiking paradise. Located in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness of Washington state, this is a wonderland of alpine lakes, jagged mountains, and waterfalls. The only way to visit the Enchantments is by hiking and it is no easy task. There are two trailheads and from both of these starting points it is a long, difficult, …

How to Hike the Enchantments

How to Hike the Enchantments in One Day: A Step-By-Step Trail Guide

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If you are a hiker, the Enchantments is a destination that belongs at the top of your list. Turquoise, emerald, and aquamarine alpine lakes are scattered through the jagged, snow-capped mountain peaks. Wildflowers bloom along the edges of the trail, mountain goats graze on the grasses, and the larches turn brilliantly yellow in the fall months. On this hike, the …

Travel Safely

12 Tips to Stay Healthy When Traveling During COVID-19

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Is it possible to travel and stay healthy during these times of COVID-19? In June, we planned a six-week road trip through the United States, visiting the national parks in Colorado and Washington. With reports of escalating numbers of cases throughout much of the USA, I wondered, could the four of us travel for 6 weeks without catching coronavirus? Are …

Tolmie Peak View

Tolmie Peak Lookout Hike | Mt. Rainier National Park

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This fun hike takes you through dense forests and past several alpine lakes before delivering you to the Tolmie Peak Lookout, for a spectacular view of Mt. Rainier. This hike is located in the northwest corner of Mt. Rainier National Park, and due to its more remote location, gets less visitors than many other places in the park. You’ll love …