Tag - breathtaking scenery

Kortum Trail 17

Kortum Trail – enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Coastline

  Location: Sonoma Coast State Park, California Length: 8 miles (roundtrip) Difficulty: Easy Elevation Gain: 300 feet (at the northern section, going from Shell Beach to Goat Rock) GPS Coordinates: N 38 24.310 W 123 05.867 Kortum Trail is the best option to get acquainted with the “coastal part” of Sonoma Coast State Park. Being the longest trail of the park, it runs for about 4 miles from the Wright’s Beach on the south up to the Blind Beach on the north. The trail was [...]

Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park Campground 5

Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park Campground

  Location: Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, California Address: 1111 Second Street, Crescent City, CA 95531 Phone for reservation: 800-444-7275  or at website of Reserve America Open Season: Year round (high season May 15th – September 30th) Vehicle Length Limit: 36-foot RV or 31-foot trailer GPS Coordinates: N 41 47.884 W 124 05.074 While exploring an outstanding JSRSP don’t miss a chance to spend a night under the canopy of the incredible gigantic redwood trees for the abundance of which this park is famous. Jedediah Smith Redwoods [...]

Hatton Trail 22

An amazing diversity of woodland shown by the Hatton Trail

  Location: Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, California Length: 4,3 miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevation gain: 360 feet GPS coordinates: N 41 48.692 W124 06.388 The Hatton Trail is one of the well-favoured routes giving a chance to explore Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. Moreover, this is three-in-one trail described here, as it combines the Hatton Loop, the Hatton Trail itself and a short spur-trail to Lohse Grove. The trail is located on the southern side of Highway 199, and can be accessed from two flanks: you may [...]

Boy Scout Tree Trail 3

Boy Scout Tree Trail – an incredible journey amidst titanic trees

  Location: Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, California Length: 5,3 miles Difficulty: Moderate Elevation gain: 750 feet GPS coordinates: N 41 46.098 W124 06.624 A beautiful Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park (or Jed Smith, as it is called among the hikers), is the northern section of the Redwood National and State Parks, containing 7% of the primeval redwood forests, which are left in the whole world. And the ultimate way to get a deep feel of this amazing place is to hike the Boy Scout Tree Trail. Nowadays [...]

Heron Pond / Swan Lake Loop 16

Heron Pond / Swan Lake Loop Trail of Grand Teton National Park

    Location: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming Length: 3 miles Difficulty: Easy Elevation gain: 300 feet GPS coordinates: N 43 54.031   W 110 38.533   Grand Teton National Park is special among all US national parks. Most of its rivers and lakes got their names as a result of expeditions in 1872. It is also the only national park of all, where there is an airport. The numerous lakes of the park attract a great diversity of waterfowl, and the height and beauty of its [...]

Christian Pond Loop 17

Amazing autumn scenery of Christian Pond Loop

  Location: Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming Length: 3,3 miles Difficulty: Easy Elevation gain: 400 feet GPS coordinates: N 43 52.691   W 110 34.363 Grand Teton National Park - a speck of untouched pristine nature just south of Yellowstone National Park, in northwest Wyoming. The park is well-known and beloved by tourists for its fascinating views of the mountains, shimmering of pure alpine lakes and abundant wildlife. Its highest peak, Grand Teton, rises up to almost 14,000 feet a.s.l. and the park spreads over [...]

Twenty Mule Team Canyon Road 24

Scenic Drive along 20 Mule Team Canyon Road

  Location: Death Valley National Park, CA Length: 2,8 miles GPS Coordinates: N 36 24.570  W 116 47.680 Contact Information: Death Valley National Park P.O. Box 579 Death Valley, CA 92328   One of the best-known “historic symbols” of Death Valley is the Twenty Mule Teams. Such “teams” were comprised of 18 mules and 2 horses, pulling huge wagons filled with borax, bringing it from mines located in Furnace Creek area to the railhead which was at that time near Mojave. That was an exhausting trip which lasted for 10 days, [...]

Blue Basin Overlook Trail 8

Blue Basin Overlook Trail of the Sheep Rock Unit

    Location: Sheep Rock Unit, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, Oregon Roundtrip: 3,25 miles loop-trail Difficulty: Moderate Elevation Gain: 760 feet GPS Coordinates: N 44 35.730 W 119 37.856 Visitor’s Information Open: all year round No Pass Required   John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in Oregon can become a decoration of any journey. It's like a trip in a time machine to the distant past of the planet. And if you have interest in paleontology, it is definitely worth a look, although this national monument is located away from the beaten tourist trails, [...]

East Mesa Trail 11

East Mesa Trail (going to Observation Point)

  Location: Zion National Park, Utah Length: 3,3 miles (one way trip) Elevation Gain: 280 feet Difficulty: Moderate GPS Coordinates: N  37 17.819   W  112 54.013 Zion National Park has several overlooks providing the visitors with an amazing panorama of the park’s canyons. One of them is Observation Point, situated at the Eastern Rim of Zion Canyon, at elevation of approximately 6,500 feet. The usual starting point for the hikers, willing to reach Observation Point, is the Weeping Rock Trailhead, which is actually the start [...]

Riverside Walk Trail 24

Riverside Walk Trail at Zion National Park

  Location: Zion National Park, Utah Length: 2 miles roundtrip Ascent: 57 feet Difficulty: Easy GPS Coordinates: N 37 17.058 W 112 56.811 The Riverside Walk Trail is an outstanding and fascinating trek in Zion National Park, presenting for the park visitors the breathtaking views of immense stone walls of Zion Canyon as seen from its very bottom, and marvelous views of the Virgin River, flowing along the trail. It’s amazing but the quantity of the trail visitors in summer months reaches three thousand per [...]

Rope de Dope Trail 16

Interesting Rope de Dope Trail at Smith Rock State Park

Address: Terrebonne, OR 97760, United States Phone number: 541-548-7501 Length: 0.5 miles GPS Coordinates: N 44 21.952 W 121 08.233 This short trail, stretching forward for only 0.5 miles, is regarded to be one of the most often used trails and one of the major connectors between the trails within the well-conceived trail system of incredible Smith Rock State Park. For people staying at The Bivy (the campground area) Rope de Dope trail arranges an access to the Canyon Trail, leading to the footbridge across the [...]

River Trail 27

Amazing River Trail at Smith Rock State Park

Address: Terrebonne, OR 97760, United States Phone number: 541-548-7501 Length: 0.68 miles GPS Coordinates: N 44 21.952 W 121 08.233 Information Center: Crooked River National Grassland, 274 SW 4th Street, Madras, OR River Trail is an extremely easy picturesque trail, especially popular and often visited by families with kids and various age visitors, who are eager to enjoy all the beauty of Smith Rock State Park without climbing the strenuous trails, preferring a pleasant saunter at a leisurely pace. To find to the River Trail from the [...]

Amazing sunset at Yellowstone National Park 9

Amazing Sunset at Yellowstone National Park

One of the most magical and gorgeous moment in a day is sunset. It’s the time when the day fades and the sun drowns in the endless horizon. Bright colors of the sky are just indescribable by words. John Lubbock said: “Sunsets are so beautiful that they almost seem as if we were looking through the gates of Heaven.” And this was a special sunset, the sky was colored in unbelievably beautiful and unearthly colors, it was the time to [...]