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One of the Best Hikes in This Area
To get to the trailhead, follow I-19 south past Rio Rico to the Ruby Road turn off. Follow Ruby Road for about 12 miles to a large dirt parking area and FS Trailhead sign. The road is paved the first 8 miles to Pena Blanca Lake but is unpaved and often washboarded beyond with narrow hairpin turns. A…
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A Short Hike with Great Views
At one time many years ago Great Hill had several popular hiking trails on it, including the Bracken Trail, the Fern Trail, Trail to Duck Brook Bridge, and Summit trail.  After the great fire of 1947 the Park Service abandoned all trails in this area of the park, including all trails on Great…
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TRIP REPORT
I made an 8-mile, out-and-back hike on prairie near a rocky canyon. Beautiful waterfall to start out the hike. Lots of varied terrain. Map shows possible trail loops of 30+ miles, which are pretty incredible for a day-use recreational area. A little busy at the trail head on a weekend, but after…
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Panoramic Views of the Salmon River Meeting the Pacific
Atop the grassy summit of the Cascade Head is a great place to sit and take in the many sights of the Oregon Coast: the meandering Salmon River, the smooth sandy beaches, the rugged basalt headlands, and of course the ocean. It is accessible year-round via an easy-to-moderate 2 mile hike from the…
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OVERVIEW
Experience Firsthand the Forces That Shape Our Planet
Few places in the United States contain as much geological diversity as California’s Mono County. While its many mountains and valleys prominently showcase the processes shaping our earth’s crust, the Mono Basin captivates one’s imagination with dramatic evidence of its volcanic nature.  This region…
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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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Pairing Beauty on Earth with That in the Sky
The focus of a nation will be on the sky August 21 as the Great American Eclipse (NASA link) passes across the entire United States for the first time since 1918. While all of North America will witness at least a partial eclipse, only a narrow strip from Oregon to South Carolina will experience…
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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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OVERVIEW
Best Places to See Yellowstone's Geysers & Hot Springs
Yellowstone’s geysers and hot springs are what make the park so unique. There are 11 major boardwalks where you can see these wonders of nature up-close. Scroll down to see a list and map of the best trails to see geysers and hot springs. Click on a trail to see a list of the thermal features along…
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TRIP REPORT
Some of the youngest rock in Oregon sits on the boundaries of the Deschutes and Willamette National Forests near McKenzie Pass. About 2,000 years ago, lava flowed from a vent just north of North Sister and created a black, jumbled, and barren landscape. Since then, the surrounding forest has…
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A nice short hike that weaves it’s way between shaded forest and open fields with tall grass.  As of 7/5/17 there are numerous ticks in the area. In the three miles it took the pup and I to hike three miles I pulled about 30 ticks off the dog and about 15 off myself. If you are taking a dog ensure…
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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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TRIP REPORT
The Cascades of Central Oregon capture great quantities of snow over the course of an extended, alpine winter. Mt Bachelor, the shortest and southernmost of the group of five big peaks just west of Bend, averages nearly 40 feet of accumulation annually, but the winter of 2016–2017 was well above…
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