Category Archives: Easy Hikes

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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Dinosaur Hill Trail (McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area, CO)

In western Colorado’s Grand Valley, between the modest town of Fruita and splendid Colorado National Monument, lies one of the most famous dinosaur dig sites in the United States. It was here in 1901, on a multi-hued hill composed of … Continue reading

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Otto’s Trail (Colorado National Monument, CO)

Otto’s Trail is a short and easy hike ending at a scenic viewpoint overlooking Wedding Canyon and Monument Canyon in Colorado National Monument, an excellent park on the edge of the Uncompahgre Plateau overlooking Grand Junction, Colorado. The fine stroll … Continue reading

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North Vista Trail to Exclamation Point (Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, CO)

!!!!! More than a mere punctuation mark, Exclamation Point is also the name for a prominent vista along the North Rim in Colorado’s Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Longer and perhaps more rewarding than the nearby Chasm View … Continue reading

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Devil’s Kitchen Trail (Lassen Volcanic National Park, CA)

Devil’s Kitchen is Lassen’s second-largest geothermal area and a thoroughly smelly experience in the park’s Warner Valley area. Continue reading

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Sibley Volcanic Loop (Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, CA)

Despite being located on the Ring of Fire, it is easy to forget California’s volcanic past. Beginning roughly 8-10 million years ago, what are now the Berkeley Hills of the East Bay were the epicenter of a series of volcanic … Continue reading

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Hole-in-the-Wall Nature Trail (Mojave National Preserve, CA)

The Hole-in-the-Wall Nature Trail in California’s Mojave National Preserve is a boon for those looking to identify some desert plants: the short jaunt, which connects the Hole-in-the-Wall Information Center to the nearby campground, includes more than a dozen identifiers. Who … Continue reading

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