Christin HealeyExplorer

Explorer, adventure seeker, lover of life and all things creative.

Backpack Rocky Mount Trail in Shenandoah National Park

Stonewall, Virginia

The trail begin 0.1 miles north of Two Mile Run Overlook at milepost 76.2 on Skyline Drive.

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Hike McAfee Knob

Troutville, Virginia

From the parking lot on RT311: Cross the road and pick up the white blazed AT headed north. In about .4 miles you will reach an information kiosk where you will continue on the AT.

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Hike to Hidden Lake Lookout

Skagit County, Washington

Be careful when heading up this 4.5 mile trail since there can be snow coverage into the summer. When you start the trail, you'll get a little tree coverage as you start climbing up.

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Hike Humpback Rocks

Afton, Virginia

This little hike is one of the most popular in the area, and for good reason! It's a short and steep one mile to the top, but the views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah National Park to th.

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Camp at Bear Rocks

Davis, West Virginia

This particular hike is great as there are multiple camping sites, both established and backcountry, and views for miles around almost every bend.

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Explore Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon

Fjaðrárgljúfur, Iceland

This canyon is one of those places in Iceland that you don't find in any of the brochures, and don't see many photos of, but that's one of the reasons it's all that much more magical when you get the.

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Hike to Spy Rock

Montebello, Virginia

The hike is part of the George Washington National Forest, and can easily be combined with nearby Crabtree Falls (300ft cascading waterfall with a hike to the top). The entire trip is 3.

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Hike to Bearfence Mountain

Stanardsville, Virginia

This is one of my favorite hikes in Shenandoah National Park for its views, easy access to the trail, and the option to combine it with a much further hike on the AT.

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Hike Little Stony Man, Shenandoah National Park

Luray, Virginia

The parking lot for the trail is right before mile 40 on Skyline drive in Shenandoah National Park. The entire out and back is only .

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Hike Mount Rogers

Mouth of Wilson, Virginia

Once you enter Grayson Highlands State Park, you will see a parking lot for Massie Gap a few miles in, park here. There is an obvious trail, the Rhododendron Trail, that you will follow for about .

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Hike Mount Pleasant

Amherst, Virginia

From the Mount Pleasant Parking Area, take the blue blazed Pompey Mountain Trail that is just beyond the horse gate.

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Backpack Three Ridges Loop

Lyndhurst, Virginia

From the parking area at Reids Gap, start off on the white-blazed A.T heading south as the trail begins on the left side of a clearing. You will begin climbing Meadow Mountain shortly and in .

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Hike White Oak Canyon

Syria, Virginia

Between mile 42 and 43 of Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park is the trailhead for WhiteOak Canyon. Begin at the trailhead from the parking lot and cross the Limberlost Trail in .3 miles.

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Hike the Tenderfoot Trail

Boulder, Colorado

From Chautauqua Park in Boulder, follow Baseline Road west (if you are driving up the mountain, you are golden). Drive 3.

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Kayak Two Jack Lake

Improvement District No. 9, Canada

Of all the lakes in the Banff area, this was one of my favorites to get out on the water.

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Hike Dark Hollow Falls

Stanley, Virginia

Catch the trailhead to these falls at mile 50.7 on Skyline Drive, just north of Big Meadows Lodge and Campground and the trailhead is just to the left of the parking lot. This is an easy 1.

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Explore Ravens Roost Overlook

Lyndhurst, Virginia

This cozy little overlook is very simple to get to.

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Camp in the Gros Ventre Wilderness

Jackson, Wyoming

Take highway 89 out of Jackson, headed north, and turn on to Gros Ventre Rd. This will take you right past the campground, wild rivers, and ample hiking.

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Kayak Beaver Creek Lake

Charlottesville, Virginia

This little lake close to Charlottesville is my favorite place for an after work kayak, SUP, or just picnic by the water.

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Photograph Hawksbill Mountain at Sunrise or Sunset

Morganton, North Carolina

The trail to the summit of Hawksbill begins on an unpaved road for the Pigsah National Forest. In about a half a mile the trail turns left just before reaching the Jonas Ridge Trail.

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Hike to Nub Peak

Edgewater, Canada

Starting right at Mt. Assiniboine Lodge, there is very clear signage for this hike.

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Relax at Tunnels Beach, Kauai

Hanalei, Hawaii

Makua, aka Tunnels, is known for its incredible mountain scenery. This beach also offers great snorkeling, where people will usually see turtles.

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Explore the Jokulsarlan Ice Caves in Iceland

Þjóðvegur, Iceland

There are quite a few companies that offer guided tours of ice caves throughout the country, but Extreme Iceland has the most options, as well as very experienced guides.

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Hike Moorman's River

Crozet, Virginia

Along the hike, there are four "official" swimming holes to jump in, but you can make your own at any time.

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Camp and Paddle at Price Lake

Blowing Rock, North Carolina

This campground is all kinds of amazing, and if you get one of the sites in the A loop, you will have lakefront property (just be warned, if I see you there, I'll have to crash with you ;-).

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Photograph Spirit Island and Maligne Lake

Improvement District No. 12, Canada

Spirit Island in Maligne Lake, is only accessible via canoe, kayak, or boat tour. As it's a 14km paddle to the island with sometimes strong winds, most people opt for the boat tour.

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Hike to Bow Glacier Falls

Improvement District No. 9, Canada

The trailhead begins directly behind the Num-Ti-Jah Lodge on km 37 of the Icefields Highway. The trail is well marked and winds along the shore of Bow Lake for the first 1.2km of the hike.

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Catch a Sunrise at Dream Lake

Estes Park, Colorado

Begin at the Bear Lake Trailhead, located at the end of Bear Lake Road, 9 miles from the entrance on Highway 36. Follow the signs to Dream Lake, passing Nymph Lake about halfway through. At 1.

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Hike to Bear Church Rock via Bootens Gap

Stanley, Virginia

The trail leads along the ridge of Jones Mountain to the gorgeous views at Bear Church Rock, and it's the perfect hike for those seeking solitude - didn't see another soul the entire time on a holida.

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Camp at Poincenot

El Chalten, Argentina

From El Chalten, the trail starts Avenida San Martín, where El Chaltén town ends. There you can park your vehicle in a designated parking area, or just walk from your hotel.

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Explore Walnut Creek Park

North Garden, Virginia

Just 25 minutes outside of Charlottesville, this is a great spot to take the family for the day and get some sunshine. If you are into mountain biking, you're in the right place.

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Photograph Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre from Route 40

El Chalten, Argentina

From El Calafate, the town of El Chalten is about 2 1/2 - 3 hours away.

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Take A Helicopter Ride Over Kauai

Lihue, Hawaii

There are lots of options for heli rides in Kauai, ranging from plush interiors with AC and noise canceling headphones, to deeply discounted, crowded rides, but my personal recommendation is to find .

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Bikes & Brews on Route 151

Afton, Virginia

This DIY bike & brews tour is perfect for combining a relaxing day with some activity. There are also wineries along this route if folks in your group want a break from the hops.

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Explore Botanical Beach

Port Renfrew, Canada

This is a gorgeous beach with so much going on. It's a quick walk from the parking lot (about .8 miles), or you can do the entire Botanical Beach Loop which is 2.8km.

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Kayak the Wailua and Hike to Secret (Uluwehi) Falls

Kapaa, Hawaii

First, you need kayaks to get on the river.

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Ryten Mountain Hike

Moskenes, Norway

Important: The GPS location on here just marks the island that this hike is located on! There is no "official" trailhead for this hike, but follow these directions and you will have no problem at all.

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Explore Skyline Drive In Winter

Front Royal, Virginia

Skyline Drive is a winding highway that cuts straight through Shenandoah National Park.

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Hike Iceline Trail

Field, Canada

The trailhead is accessed at the Takakkaw Falls parking lot, and then you walk to the Whiskey Jack Hostel where the trail officially begins (you can not park here unless you are a guest).

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Hike Mirador Las Torres

Torres de Paine, Chile

This hike is truly awesome, but get ready to climb! You can park at the Hotel Las Torres, then you will see the trailhead right past the hotel, clearly marked. The hike is 11.

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Camp at Lake Pehoé

Torres de Paine, Chile

This campsite is great as you can be as adventurous or relaxed as you would like. You can choose to bring your own tent, or they offer rentals, as well as fully set-up domes.

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Hang Out At Riverview Park

Charlottesville, Virginia

Riverview park has tons of options for getting outside around Charlottesville, VA. Part of the Rivanna Trail runs through here, so if you are really ambitious, this trail goes around the entire city.

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Photograph Perito Moreno Glacier

Lago Argentino, Argentina

From the town of El Calafate in Argentina, the glacier is less than two hours away down route 15. There are easy signs the entire way.

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Climb Notchtop Mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park

Estes Park, Colorado

Park at Bear Lake, and follow the signs north of the lake to Odessa Lake.

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Hike to Thunder Mountain at Carson Pass

Amador County, California

The trailhead begins on Rt 88 just past Kirkwood Resort or Silver Lake - depending on which way you are headed. There is plenty of parking but no other amenities.

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Hike to Mirador Los Condores

El Chalten, Argentina

When you drive in to El Chalten, you will see the visitor's center directly on your left. Park here, and there are signs to the lookout from the parking lot. It's an easy 1.

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Fat Bike In Telluride

Telluride, Colorado

There are great fat bike trails leaving directly from the town of Telluride, CO with picture-perfect views of the San Juan Mountains.

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Explore Park Point in Mesa Verde National Park

Mancos, Colorado

The Park Point Trail is the highest point in Mesa Verde National Park, and being close to the four corners, you can see for hundreds of miles in every direction on a clear day.

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Hike Hurricane Hill Trail

Port Angeles, Washington

Be sure to drive past the Visitor's Center at Hurricane Ridge, about another mile to where the road dead ends to a parking lot. This short 3.

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Hike to Long House and Step House at Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

This is a great opportunity to see two historic cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park within a relatively short period of time.

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Hike Nordenskiold Site No. 16 Trail

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

This two mile round-trip trail leaves from the information kiosk near Long House and Step House, and leads through and area severely burned by the 2000 Pony Fire.

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