Reach the top of the Cathedral Rock Trail and you'll be surrounded by massive rock walls, spy expansive views of Courthouse Butte and Mingus Mountain — and walk along the edge of a cliff if you are feeling adventurous.
Portland is a hiking wonderland that extends from the depths of the Columbia River Gorge to the snow-capped peak of Mt. Hood. The City of Portland must have been designed with hikers in mind — it was founded by pioneers who traversed the historic Oregon Trail, after all.
Hiking the Oregon Coast Trail is like navigating through an eternal conflict between the forces of chaos and serenity. Those who hike it will find secrets few get to witness such as hidden caves and tide pools teeming with colorful sea life.
Oregon’s picturesque coastline features a unique, alternating combination of rocky headlands and sandy coves formed by millions of years of wave erosion.
Just east of Phoenix, the rugged Superstition Mountains shoot nearly 6,000 feet into the sky. Here's a look at 20 of our favorite hikes in the famed Supes.
Hiking can get expensive, but a pair of entry-level hiking boots can help keep your costs down. Here's how to do it.
No matter how long or rugged the journey, every hiker needs a solid, trusty hiking backpack to get out and get going — even on a budget.
Of all of Grand Canyon’s waters, Mooney Falls is perhaps the most impressive. At a place where Havasu Creek cascades straight off a 196-foot cliff, Mooney is a perennially-flowing free-falling behemoth. At this convergence of earth, water, and gravity — grace meets power and danger meets beauty.
Driving westbound on highway 74 near Morristown, Arizona, the ominous hump of Vulture Peak dominates the horizon ahead. Glancing out the driver and passenger windows, many of the neighboring ranges are taller and ore massive, yet there’s something unique about how Vulture’s dome stands out from the surrounding desert. I relived this experience many times over the course of a few years and the mountain climber in me desired to set foot on Vulture’s summit.
Arizona has more than 100,000 miles of river, creek, and stream. Many of those are seasonal and intermittent, and countless others have been permanently changed or lost by manmade diversions and dams. What remains offers plenty of watercourses to explore, and when we’re lucky, waterfalls.
The Phoenix Sonoran Preserve is a little slice of wilderness surrounded by city.
Look at a topographic map of the mountainous terrain above Durango and you are certain to see an excess of high altitude lakes. Many have trails going right to them, but most of these are demanding hikes, especially for the casual hiker. However, those seeking a shorter excursion to a backcountry pool are in luck. Clocking in at 2 miles round-trip and 400 feet of elevation change, the Potato Lake Trail is an easy hike to a beautiful backcountry lake. Oh, and by the way, if you want to sound like local, call it Spud Lake instead of Potato Lake!
Don’t let the name give you the wrong impression. A hike on the Purgatory Flats Trail is anything but purgatory —unless you start sucking air due to the high elevation! If you are hanging out in and around Durango and gearing up to travel the absurdly scenic Highway 550, this is a fantastic option for a short, easy day hike.