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Steady Climb Through a Rebounding Burn Area
In 2012, the Pine Creek Fire (started by the spark of an excavator) burned a 12,000+ acre swath south of Livingston, MT. Today, it’s a scene of dead trees juxtaposed by the beautiful sight of forest rebirth. The hike has no particular destination, but the creek and foliage make up for it –…
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Views of the Russian River Just Outside of Downtown Healdsburg
This 155-acre preserve with 2 to 3 miles of hiking trails is a great option for somebody looking for an easy to moderate and rewarding hike close to downtown Healdsburg.  The trail gently climbs through wetlands, oak forests, and rolling grasslands to great viewpoints of the surrounding landscape…
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Explore a WWII-Era Radar Installation
Hill 88 is a great dog-friendly hike packed with relics of a once-heavily-fortified bay in the World War II days. The popular loop in the Marin Headlands and Golden Gate National Recreation Area takes roughly 2½ hours to complete is about 5.7 miles with about 1,000 feet of elevation gain. Old…
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Alpine Lakes Surrounded by Dramatic Cirque
At Lost Twin Lakes, thousand foot cliffs tower over a pair of pristine alpine lakes – making it one of the classic destinations in the Cloud Peak Wilderness and Bighorn National Forest. At a round trip distance of close to 12 miles from West Tensleep Lake Trailhead, it is a good candidate for a…
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Help USGS Document Glacial Retreat
The glaciers of Glacier National Park are melting at alarming rates and the USGS wants volunteers to help document their retreat. By taking geotagged photos at the exact same places as photographers in history you can help scientists and the public understand more about the rate in which the…
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Hike to the Top of Colorful Badlands
The badlands of the McCullough Peaks highlight the beauty of erosion. The 6 mile round-trip hike along the McCullough Peak Divide Trail passes through very colorful badlands and culminates at the prominent, pointy summit visible from Cody, providing great views of the Bighorn Basin. The very…
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Hike & Bike Through Bozeman's Amber Waves of Grain
Highland Glen is a beautiful grassy nature preserve in Bozeman stewarded by the Gallatin Valley Land Trust. It’s open to hikers and mountain bikers. There are many neighborhood access points, but the main Highland Glen Trailhead is on Kagy Boulevard between MSU and I-90. Parking and access is also…
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Alpine Lakes, Streams, and Mountain Views
The High Lakes area of the Beartooth Mountains is a hiker’s and backpacker’s dream: lakes and streams everywhere, rolling granite terrain, and peaks all around. Hiking the 8¾ mile loop formed from the Beauty Lake Trail and the High Lakes Trail is a great way to spend a day exploring the Beartooths…
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Trail Through Deciduous Canyon Reaching Great Views of Bozeman
Sypes Canyon Trail is a great dog-friendly hike that slowly ascends a lush, shaded canyon – with a few short sections of rocky outcrops and sagebrush hillside. The trail isn’t too popular with mountain bikers, but they are allowed all days but Saturday (Sypes Trail is a time-share trail, as of…
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Botanical Journey to the Top of a Geological Mystery
Heart Mountain is a unique peak for many reasons. Botanically, it is home to one of the greatest concentrations of rare plants on private property in Wyoming. Geologically, Heart Mountain exists because of what could be one of the largest landslides on earth (still debated). Historically, it was a…
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Short Hike to Very Scenic Canyon Overlook
Beside’s the nearby Devils Canyon Overlook, the overlook on Sullivan’s Knob Trail is one of the most scenic points to view Bighorn Canyon. This easy, 1 mile loop skirts around the southern side of Sullivan’s Knob to a very humbling cliff edge. The out-and-back journey takes only 30 minutes or so.…
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Views of Triangular Island of Limestone
The Ranger’s Delight trail in Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area is a 1 mile long (out-and-back) hike to a rocky viewpoint of Bighorn Canyon. It is gently uphill most of the way, but it is short enough that it only takes a half hour. Long ago, the Bighorn River meandered through an area now…
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Explore the Rim of Bighorn Canyon in Solitude
The Lower Layout Creek trail is one of the longer trails in Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area and is a great place to wander through the junipers and around the dramatic nearly-vertical rim of Bighorn Canyon – with some luck you could see wild horses. The journey is 1.5 to 2 miles one-way to…
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Memorial Trail at the Base of the Beartooth Mountains
Ernie Strum Trail is a beautiful, undeveloped-feeling trail in the Fishtail, MT area. It is a fairly new trail created in 2014 thanks to the persistence Ernie Strum, an area local and the first proponent for the trail. He worked for around 15 years to make the project happen [1]. This trail is great…
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Short Day-Hike Through Thermal Area to Waterfall
If you are in Yellowstone and wanting to see hot springs and nice waterfall all in short day hike, the Mystic Falls hike is a great option. The most direct route to the falls is only a 1.2 mile, 30 minute walk (one-way) on a flat trail. If you want a bit more exercise you can make a loop out of it…
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Hidden Gem in Clarks Fork Canyon
Hidden in a small, easily overlooked side canyon of Clarks Fork Canyon near Clark, Wyoming, Falls Creek plunges 100+ feet at Bridal Veil Falls. It is roughly 2 miles one-way to reach a good vantage point of the falls in a group of cottonwoods. People wanting a bit more adventure can scramble across…
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Wading Through America's Most Famous Slot Canyon
Zion National Park is home to one of the world’s classic day hikes: The Narrows. Here, the North Fork of the Virgin River has carved through hundreds of feet of sandstone forming a narrow slot canyon, which thousands of people flock to each year to wade through. The cool water and the captivating…
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