Brynn SchmidtExplorer

I love wilderness/beaches: photography, hiking, camping, backpacking, conservation and hanging out with my guys while they climb. Mom, wife and co-founder of non-profit organization serving in Gabon and DRC, Africa. Find me on Instagram

Photograph the Cholla Cactus Gardens at Sunrise or Sunset

Riverside County, California

The Cholla Cactus Garden is something everyone can appreciate and enjoy. The trail is in total about a 0.25 loop, but you are certainly free to wander around more.

363 Saves

Hike the South Boulder Creek - Mesa Trail - Lower Big Bluestem Loop

Boulder, Colorado

This 4 mile loop ascends only a slight amount in elevation, making for a pleasant loop in which opportunities for appreciation of the nature around you and broad vista photography are in plentiful su.

146 Saves

Hike Mount Sanitas & Settlers Park

Boulder, Colorado

First off, these are two different hikes but both stem from the same parking lot and Settlers Park is a mere 5 minutes away from where you park so why not kill two birds with one stone? One of the m.

520 Saves

Photograph Fall Colors Along Independence Pass and Twin Lakes, CO

Independence Pass Summit Parking

While this is a more of a photography adventure and a fall drive to take through Colorado, there are also many areas to hike along the way.

15 Saves

Paddle Board (SUP) Napili Bay, Maui

Lahaina, Hawaii

This is an awesome place to stand up paddle - whether you are an experienced paddleboarder or a beginner. The bay is generally calm and protected and easy to board in.

16 Saves

Surf Honolua Bay

Lahaina, Hawaii

Honolua Bay is one of the best waves on the northwestern coast of Maui and offers up great waves during the winter months.

90 Saves

Kayak or Sail the Na Pali Coast

Kapaa, Hawaii

Enjoy the view of the Garden Island from the crystal clear waters of the pacific ocean.

71 Saves

Watch the Spouting Horn Blowhole

Koloa, Hawaii

On the South Shore you can find the Spouting Horn. There's a small beach park with a great lookout where you can watch a blowhole spout a plume of thundering water into the air.

104 Saves

Climb in Boulder Canyon

Nederland, Colorado

Heading west from Boulder, take CO 119/Boulder Canyon Drive into Boulder Canyon. Once you're in the canyon, there are many areas that all have great climbing.

130 Saves

Explore Mammoth Hot Springs

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

These natural hot springs are crazy cool and very rare, which makes for an unforgettable trip. The hot springs are located right off of highway 89.

263 Saves

Hike to Artist's Paint Pots

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

From the parking lot, follow the boardwalk pathway until you reach the springs. The hike itself is pretty self explanatory. It is a very easy hike and very short.

255 Saves

Rock Climb at Headstone Rock in Joshua Tree

Twentynine Palms, California

To find this climb, park on the east side loop of the Ryan Campground in the park. There are several parking spots here next to a bathroom.

53 Saves

Hike to Grinnell Lake

Browning, Montana

The hike to Grinnell Lake begins at the Grinnell Glacier Trailhead, approximately 0.5 miles past Many Glacier Hotel in the Many Glacier area of Glacier National Park.

130 Saves

Backpack Cathedral Lake

Aspen, Colorado

Cathedral Lake offers an excellent alternative to escape the crowds that swarm the Maroon Bells area, especially in the peak autumn season.

380 Saves

Backpack to Capitol Lake, CO

Snowmass, Colorado

The route to Capitol Lake is fairly straight forward, but not without its minor hardships.

233 Saves

Camp at Aspenglen Campground

Estes Park, Colorado

Aspenglen is one of the four main campgrounds within the park boundaries. The campground is for car camping and there are areas just for tents and then broader areas for tents and campers.

33 Saves

Photograph Ancient Bristlecone Pines on Mt. Goliath

Evergreen, Colorado

On the way to the summit of Mt. Evans sits a small 160 acre preserve of some of the world's oldest living trees.

230 Saves

Rock Climb Lembert Dome, Yosemite NP

Tuolumne County, California

Lembert Dome stands out clearly as it is right along the road with a fairly large parking lot, about 1/4 mile past the Toulumne Store.

19 Saves

Hike the Mist Trail to Vernal Falls in Yosemite NP

Yosemite Valley, California

This is one of the most epic short hikes that you can do in Yosemite. Highly recommend it for anyone staying in the valley or visiting with enough time for a 2-3 hour hike.

459 Saves

Soaking in Queen's Bath

Princeville, Hawaii

Between the frequent rains and the often overcast forecast, Kauai is not always the typical Hawaiian tropical getaway people dream of.

259 Saves

Rock Climbing Moab's Wall Street

Moab, Utah

Moab's Wall Street is exactly what it sounds like, but nothing like the "Wall Street" you're familiar with.

188 Saves

Hike and Shoot Delicate Arch

Grand County, Utah

I headed out to the trailhead because I really wanted to shoot the super moon with the Delicate Arch. It was absolutely fantastic, especially during such a full moon.

1087 Saves

Quick Hike to Mesa Arch

Moab, Utah

This is an easy 0.6 mile loop. The hike takes you out to Mesa Arch, which is one of the most famous structures of Canyonlands National Park.

543 Saves

Capture Sunrise at Dead Horse Point SP

Moab, Utah

Dead Horse Point State Park sits next to Canyonlands National Park with expansive views of the canyons carved by the Colorado River.

423 Saves