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Phantom Falls Loop (North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve, CA)

Each year, for a brief period—after recent rains in winter and early spring—the usually dry and dreary landscape of northern California’s North Table Mountain comes alive with color, flowing streams, and stunning seasonal waterfalls. And these are no run-of-the-mill cascades: … Continue reading

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Summit Rock, Echo Canyon, & River Bluff Trail Loop (Interstate Park, WI)

Centuries upon centuries of freezing, thawing, and riverine erosion have carved the Dalles of the St. Croix, a basalt gorge that is one of the main natural attractions on the Minnesota-Wisconsin border and a popular destination for visitors from the … Continue reading

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Appalachian Trail to Compton Peak (Shenandoah National Park, VA)

From the northern entrance of Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park, it takes more than 10 miles to clear Dickey Ridge and reach the “real” mountains of the Blue Ridge by car. 2,909-foot Compton Peak, situated 10.4 miles up Skyline Drive, is … Continue reading

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