Category Archives: Easy Hikes

The New Wave Loop (Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, AZ)

The striated sandstone formation known as “The Wave” attracts flocks of photographers and sightseers to southern Utah each day, and—given its popularity—is now limited by a permit lottery that is next-to-impossible to win. Fortunately, the characteristic undulating Navajo sandstone knobs … Continue reading

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Horseshoe Bend Trail (Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, AZ)

There once was a time when Horseshoe Bend—an entrenched meander along the Colorado River—was a relatively sleepy destination, known largely only to locals living in northern Arizona. But today, thanks to social media (and its high propensity for showing up … Continue reading

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Cape Royal & Angel’s Window (Grand Canyon National Park, AZ)

Situated at the far southern fringe of the Walhalla Plateau along the North Rim, Cape Royal is one of Grand Canyon National Park’s finest viewpoints. From here the epic canyon unfolds to the south and east, revealing stunning colors, deep … Continue reading

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Bridle Path – Transept Trail Loop (Grand Canyon National Park, AZ)

At the Grand Canyon’s North Rim, much of the visiting population spends the bulk of their time in the narrow wedge of land that includes the campground, Visitor Center, and Grand Canyon Lodge. Surrounding on three sides by precipitous drop-offs … Continue reading

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Bright Angel Point Trail (Grand Canyon National Park, AZ)

Arizona’s magnificent Grand Canyon National Park has a lot going for it, although perhaps creative naming conventions is not one of them. One of the most ubiquitous names for various features in the park is “Bright Angel”: south of the … Continue reading

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Lower Yosemite Fall Trail (Yosemite National Park, CA)

At 2,425 feet, Yosemite Falls is widely heralded as the tallest waterfall in North America* and an iconic destination in California’s Yosemite National Park. During its high-water season in spring, the roar of the two-tiered falls can be heard across … Continue reading

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Thunder Rock Cove Loop (Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor, OR)

Southwest Oregon’s Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor features some of the finest stretches of shoreline on the Pacific coast of the United States, and the short-but-spectacular Thunder Rock Cove Loop traverses one of its most picturesque pockets. The brief … Continue reading

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Cape Ferrelo Loop (Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor, OR)

For 296 miles, the restless Pacific Ocean laps up against the Oregon Coast, producing chilly beaches, windswept rock outcrops, and imposing sea stacks. While some more peaceful, wide-open beaches may be found further south in California, the word that best … Continue reading

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Grimes Point Petroglyph Trail (Grimes Point Archaeological Area, NV)

For travelers driving Nevada’s Highway 50—the “Loneliest Road in America”—Grimes Point is an excellent spot to get out and stretch your legs, taking advantage of a short trail to a fantastic set of ancient petroglyphs. Undoubtedly more vivid and more … Continue reading

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Hickison Petroglyphs Interpretive Trail (Hickison Petroglyphs Recreation Area)

Highway 50, which stretches for more than 400 miles across central Nevada, is called the “Loneliest Road in America” for a reason. Services and cell service are in limited supply as travelers skirt the desolate mountain ranges and sagebrush-studded valleys … Continue reading

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