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GUIDE
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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GUIDE
Short Day-Hike Through Thermal Area to Waterfall
If you are 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 by hiking up the…
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TRIP REPORT
A Glimpse of Wild and Untamed
The North Umpqua River slides over a basalt cliff and descends 165-feet in a braid of white, water and mist mingling on a mossy face. The water that feeds this stream originates on the slopes of Mt. Thielsen and in the northern forests of Crater Lake National Park. As it cuts its Cascade path down…
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TRIP REPORT
Originally completed in February of 1944 by the famed 10th Mountain Division, the Trooper Traverse offers spectacular views and varied terrain in very isolated conditions. While the backpacking version is a relative luxury compared to the ski traverse of yesteryear it’s not hard to imagine the…
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TRIP REPORT
This is an incredibly scenic four-day paddle through Adirondack Park. Canoe rental can be had at St. Regis Canoe Outfitters. They will drive you to the put-in in Long Lake. Long Lake provides a nice half-day paddle to dispersed camping as you enter the Raquette River river. Very few other parties…
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GUIDE
Hidden Gem in Clarks Fork Canyon
Hidden in a small, easily overlooked side canyon of Clarks Fork Canyon, 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 some scree and up…
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TRIP REPORT
This is a great half-day paddle each way from Floodwood Pond to Upper Saranac Lake. Numerous campsites are available along the way but Buck Island offers first-come first-serve campsites that feel much more secluded than predicted. The paddle takes approximately three hours each way and offers…
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PLACE DESC
The IRWD San Joaquin Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary is a true hidden gem located in the heart of busy Orange County. The marsh encompasses over 300 acres of coastal freshwater wetlands, half of which have been restored to a natural state. The remaining acres are quality habitat and are not in need of…
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ARTICLE
The Complete Outdoor Platform
Natural Atlas is a platform that makes it easy to plan, record, and share your next trip outdoors. Today we’re releasing an all-new version that’s been in the works for the last two years.  There’s a ton to it. The main highlights are: (1) Natural Atlas iOS App complete with trip recording features,…
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TUTORIAL
A Rundown of Premium App & Website Features
Upgrading your Natural Atlas account to a yearly pro subscription unlocks a number of premium features both in the Natural Atlas app and website. Here is a rundown of how each feature can help you on your next outdoor adventure: Many great places outdoors have spotty or non-existent cell service,…
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ARTICLE
Automatic Linking of Places to Other Places
One of the unique features of Natural Atlas is its ability to automatically organize content geographically. All places on the map and all notes you record using the app are automatically linked to the regions the are in, waterbodies they are on, etc.  This is useful for a number of reasons:  1.…
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TUTORIAL
Lists of Places You’ve Been and Want To Go To
You can easily keep track of all of the cool places, posts, or user recordings that you like by simply pressing the star button on the page that you like. On place pages, you can pick a reason why you are starring that place so you can keep your starred places organized - separate places you want to…
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ARTICLE
Sources Used By Natural Atlas
Natural Atlas would not be possible without open data. Below is a listing of some of the organizations that we would like to thank and give credit to. Recorded notes and trips on Natural Atlas can be classified according of over 45,000 different types of things ranging from plants, rocks and…
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TUTORIAL
How You Can Help Build the Most Complete Atlas of Nature
The ultimate goal of Natural Atlas is the build the most complete atlas of nature that pairs a comprehensive topo map with detailed pages about everything that is on the map. There are many ways you can help out. Every place shown on the map has page (called a place page) that is editable by anyone…
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TUTORIAL
Mapping your Journey through Nature
On your next outdoor adventure try recording your path and notes along the way with the Natural Atlas app. We aren’t believers that people should be constantly fidgeting with their phones when outside, which is why we designed trip recording to be as simple as possible. Virtually everyone takes…
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TUTORIAL
Making Field Notes with the Natural Atlas App
When out on an adventure there are often many places and moments worth saving for later. Scenic views, cool plants, fish you catch, bird sightings, etc are several examples of notes you can record with the Natural Atlas app. Notes recorded out in nature are automatically plotted on the map and can…
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GUIDE
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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OVERVIEW
Boiling Pools of Color
Besides its Geysers, one of Yellowstone’s most unique and beautiful features is its array of multi-colored hot springs.
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