Monthly Archives: October 2016

Deer Creek Trail (Susquehanna State Park, MD)

The Deer Creek Trail is, without a doubt, not the best trail in Maryland. It’s probably not even the best in Susquehanna State Park. But there is at least something soothing about the surroundings on this largely wooded loop hike, … Continue reading

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Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, NJ

The dilapidated storefronts and crumbling edifices of downtown Paterson, New Jersey tell the story of a town battered by the winds of change. Once a booming hub for manufacturing—in fact, it was the first planned industrial city in the US—Paterson … Continue reading

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Monarch Pass, CO

Monarch Pass, situated between Gunnison and Poncha Springs along Colorado’s Route 50, crosses the Continental Divide at 11,312 feet, offering spectacular vistas of central Colorado’s Sawatch Range, which boasts many of the state’s highest peaks. Including the Monarch Mountain ski … Continue reading

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High Bridge Trail (Box Canyon Park, CO)

The High Bridge Trail is a more strenuous alternative to the lower Box Canyon Falls Trail, climbing 200 feet to a suspension bridge that spans Box Canyon and offers views northeast to Ouray, Colorado. On sunny summer days and weekends, … Continue reading

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Box Canyon Falls Trail (Box Canyon Park, CO)

Billed as “Ouray’s slot canyon,” Box Canyon Waterfall and Park is one of the most popular destinations in the area. Situated just outside southwest Colorado’s “Switzerland of America,” Box Canyon Falls is concealed in a dark, narrow gorge accessed only … Continue reading

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“Million Dollar Highway” – Ouray to Silverton

Southwest Colorado’s “Million Dollar Highway”—also known, less memorably, as Route 550—traverses some of the most breathtaking scenery in the state. With sharp curves, steep grades, and a conspicuous lack of guard rails, it is also one of the most harrowing … Continue reading

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Sutton Mine Trail (Uncompahgre National Forest, CO)

The Sutton Mine Trail—situated just south of Ouray, Colorado—rewards hearty hikers who brave the initial, gut-wrenching ascent with spectacular views of Ouray, Uncompahgre Gorge, Bear Creek Falls, and Abrams Mountain. Ending at an abandoned mine, this 2.2-mile jaunt packs nearly … Continue reading

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Portland Trail Loop (Uncompahgre National Forest, CO)

The Portland Trail, just outside Ouray in southwest Colorado, offers close-up views of one of the area’s most striking features: a highly sculpted, bowl-shaped cliff face known as the Amphitheater. While composed mainly of grayish, volcanic rock, this west-facing wall … Continue reading

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Ouray Perimeter Trail (Uncompahgre National Forest, CO)

The Ouray Perimeter Trail, as the name suggests, forms a circuit around the picturesque town of Ouray in southwest Colorado. Far from being an easy city walk, however, this rugged track traverses high ledges, crosses deep canyons, and passes waterfalls … Continue reading

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Buzzard Rock via Shawl Gap (George Washington National Forest, VA)

Buzzard Rock, situated at the northeast corner of Virginia’s Massanutten Mountain, is not a singular monolith as the name implies. Rather, it is a razor-toothed spine of sandstone more than a quarter mile long, perched high above Fort Valley and … Continue reading

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