Jason HatfieldExplorer

  • Hike Angels Landing, Zion NP

    Angels Landing has long been one of my favorite national parks hikes.  The hike is thrilling, extremely photogenic, and appeals to those who enjoy exchanging leg power for views. The hike to the top isn't long, 2.7 miles, but you'll definitely fee...

    5.4 miles 1488 ft gain

  • Backpack to Havasu Falls in the Havasupai Reservation

    The Havasupai Reservation is a remote area just outside Grand Canyon National Park, full of blue-green water and dramatic waterfalls.  Despite being an extremely isolated location, camping in the canyon is overwhelmingly popular and reservations a...

    10 miles -2000 ft gain

  • Hike the Narrows, Zion NP

    Hiking the narrows in Zion National Park is one of my favorite hikes and something I return for almost every year, I can still remember my first visit as a kid. There's no other place like it in the National Park system and the stunning beauty of ...

    10 miles

  • Photograph the Snowy Range

    Starting at the Medicine Bow Peak TH you have easy access to Lake Marie, Mirror Lake, and Lookout Lake for sunrise. When the water is calm these crystal clear lakes provide incredible reflections of Medicine Bow Peak. Nearby Snowy Range Pass prov...

  • Photograph Bear Lake

    Bear Lake is a popular tourist destination in Rocky Mountain NP, but when the sun is low in the sky or the stars are out you'll find the big crowd are gone. The lake is beautiful at sunrise and sunset but especially photogenic in the fall or at wi...

  • Hike through Wildflowers on Shrine Ridge

    Shrine Ridge is one of the most incredible wildflower spots in the state of Colorado. Not only is the area incredibly beautiful with carpets of flowers covering verdant mountainsides, it's only a 1.5-hour drive from Denver. The ridge summit is a s...

    4.2 miles 743 ft gain

  • Tour Wind Cave

    Established in 1903, Wind Cave National Park is home to over 140 miles of mapped cave passages. The cave features 95% of the world's known boxwork calcite formations and got its name from the sound of rushing wind created at its few small openings...

    0.67 miles 6 ft gain

  • Hike to Ptarmigan Lake

    The hike to Ptarmigan Lake has plenty of elevation gain for mountain lovers and views for miles from the Continental Divide. If you want to reach this spot for sunrise you'll need a very early start in the morning, but that also means you won't ha...

    11.8 miles 3850 ft gain

  • Photograph the Night Sky Over Trail Ridge Road

    The highest continuous paved road in North America, Trail Ridge Road takes you above 12,000 ft to an alpine tundra. Being above treeline means you have unclogged panoramic views of the night sky and any possible meteors. You can start your trip f...

  • Hike to Bridal Veil Falls in Telluride

    Park at the Pandora Mill just east of Telluride and lace up your footwear of choice. At 1.2 miles to the base of the falls with 850 feet of gain, this can make for a great thigh burning hike or run. The trail is a gravel road that eventually pas...

    2.4 miles 850 ft gain

  • Explore Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint

    At the mouth of Cape Creek sits a beautiful cove with one of the best views in Oregon. Above the sandy beach and sea stacks, rises the Heceta Head Lighthouse, a 100-year-old+ structure that's been laboriously restored and kept in working condition...

    1 miles 150 ft gain

  • Explore Ash Cave

    Getting to Ash Cave is extremely easy with a short quarter-mile hike from the parking area; there's also a rim trail above the cave that adds 90 feet of elevation and some extra distance. The cave is great for relaxing in the shade during a hot da...

    0.5 miles

  • Explore Governor Basin

    Governor Basin is a small but beautiful alpine basin under the Saint Sophia Ridge next to Yankee Boy Basin. Due to the rugged drive in to 12,338 ft. and lack of developed hiking trails, the basin sees a lot fewer visitors than Yankee Boy. This mea...

  • Visit Kamiak Butte Park

    Formerly a Washington State Park, Kamiak Butte County Park is a hidden treasure on the eastern border of the state. An "ecological island" rising more than 800 ft from the surrounding hills of Palouse, the butte is home to a high country desert on...

    3.5 miles 900 ft gain

  • Tour Jewel Cave

    Established in 1908, Jewel Cave National Monument is home to over 179 miles of mapped cave passages. The cave features larger chambers and more interesting formations then nearby Wind Cave NP, and much of it is covered in spar crystals.A guided to...

    0.5 miles 20 ft gain

  • Photograph Kirkjufell and Kirkjufellsfoss

    Only 2.5 hours from Reykjavík in good weather, Kirkjufell is a popular spot for Iceland photography. Situated on the northern half of Snæfellsnes peninsula, the falls and mountain work as a sunrise, sunset, or northern lights location. Due to its ...

  • Capture Sunrise from Lookout Mountain

    Lookout Mountain sits just above Golden and provides one of the best easy-access viewpoints near Denver. The mountain provides numerous vantage spots along the road up, with the best at a rock outcropping just below Buffalo Bill's Gravesite &...

  • Camp at Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

    Created in 2013 from partly existing public lands, The Rio Grande del Norte National Monument encompasses a large amount of land along the Rio Grande River from the Colorado border to south of Taos. Far from any major city, you'll likely enjoy tra...

    2.4 miles 800 ft gain

  • Trek through Granite Pillars on Bison Peak

    Bison peak sits 2 hours from Denver in the mountains of the Lost Creek Wilderness. To reach the 12,431 ft. summit you'll start in low density ponderosa forest at 8,750 ft on crushed granite trail. Early starts are recommended in the summer months ...

    12.4 miles 4000 ft gain

  • Run Rim-to-Rim-to-Rim in the Grand Canyon

    This run is an extreme adventure and requires lots of planning and training. The risk for injury or heat related illness is high, so take precautions and don't run alone. Group sizes of 12-30 require a $175 permit from the NPS. These trails are...

    45 miles 11000 ft gain

  • Hike to Alberta Falls

    Heading into the park from Beaver Meadows Entrance Station turn left at the first road in .2 miles. Follow Bear Lake Road for 8 miles until reaching the Glacier Gorge parking area on the left. Take the trail from the parking area and follow it to ...

    1.7 miles 200 ft gain

  • Capture Sunrise or Sunset at Lake McDonald

    Lake McDonald doesn't offer the close-up views of glaciers and mountains like some of the other spots in Glacier NP, but it does offer sweeping views of park's west side. The most popular spot to photograph this grand perspective is along the sou...

  • Photography on Logan Pass

    Disclaimer: Glacier National Park has closed any off-trail activity in this area. The majority of the photos can be taken on-trail. Please be sure to adhere to the park's policy.With a short window of opportunity for visiting, Logan Pass offers a ...

  • Ski or Snowshoe to Section House Hut

    There are a couple routes to Section Hut on Boreas Pass, but the best adds trekking through the forest on Baker's Tank trail. Starting at 10,350' at the TH, look for a trail in the woods that starts climbing relatively quickly. Follow this for a...

    6.25 miles 1200 ft gain

  • Camp at Bowman Lake

    Bowman lake is the 3rd largest lake in Glacier National Park and one of the most remote areas accessible by car. The drive out on a dirt road is slow and bumpy but the reward is an area without crowds and lots of adventure potential. The first-c...

    13.5 miles 30 ft gain

  • Explore Avalanche Creek

    Avalanche Creek is one of Glacier National Park's easiest features to access and also one of its most unique. The old-growth cedar forest is home to towering trees, moss-covered boulders, and a rushing stream of glacial water. A small loop trail...

    0.7 miles

  • Photograph St. Johann Church

    This small church sits in a cow pasture just outside of Puez-Geisler Nature Park. The church is next to a hotel, making parking and visiting a little easier. To get the best vantage point of the church and mountains, walk down the road and shoot...

  • Photograph the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

    Completed in 1965, the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge is the seventh highest bridge in the United States. The design is a steel deck arch bridge than spans 1280 feet and sits 565 feet high. The bridge has sidewalks and viewpoints of the gorge on each sid...

  • Explore Nellie Creek Falls

    Nellie Creek Falls is a beautiful little falls, up County Road 23. The waterfall is surrounded by a forest of aspens leading up the valley. To get to the falls take the northern route of the Alpine Loop from Lake City towards Engineer Pass. In abo...

    0.8 miles 300 ft gain

  • Explore Twin Falls in Yankee Boy Basin

    While small, Twin Falls sits in the extremely photogenic backdrop of Yankee Boy Basin. To reach the falls 7.5 miles outside of Ouray follow Camp Bird road for 4.7 miles before taking a right onto Yankee Boy Basin Road. After 2.8 miles you'll rea...

  • Explore Echo Lake Park

    Located at the base of Mt. Evans Road, Echo Lake sits next to Squaw Pass Road, providing a great jumping-off point for numerous adventures. The park serves as a trailhead for hiking or snowshoeing into the Mount Evans Wilderness, offers picnic ar...

    1.2 miles 88 ft gain

  • Photograph Ancient Bristlecone Pines on Mt. Goliath

    On the way to the summit of Mt. Evans sits a small 160 acre preserve of some of the world's oldest living trees. The Mount Goliath Natural Area protects a rare site of Bristlecone Pines that make excellent photographic subjects.Immediately after p...

  • Explore Two Medicine Lake

    Two Medicine Lake sits in the southeastern part of Glacier NP away from the more popular Going-to-the-Sun Road. The 2-mile long lake has a 100 site campground that serves visitors on a first-come-first-serve basis; the campground opens mid-April ...

  • Photograph the Glade Creek Grist Mill

    Hidden deep in the Appalachian Mountains near the New River Gorge sits an extremely photogenic grist mill. A recreation of the original mills that dotted West Virginia, Glade Creek Grist Mill was completed in 1976 at Babcock SP. Built fully operat...

  • Ski or Snowshoe to Vance's Cabin

    Vance's Cabin is a private hut near Tennessee Pass booked by the 10th mountain division. The hut was completed in 1988 and sleeps 16; 6 beds upstairs in a loft and 10 bunk beds downstairs in a communal bunked area around the wood stove.   It's a c...

    3.1 miles 750 ft gain

  • Photograph North Clear Creek Falls

    This 100 ft. waterfall is close to Colorado 149 on the Silver Thread Scenic Byway. To access the falls turn onto FR 510 from the northern entrance and head south for .5 miles. Turn left into the North Clear Creek Falls Observation Site, from the...

  • Explore Mesa Top Loop

    The 6-mile Mesa Top Loop Road, open 8 am to sunset, stops at 12 sites including surface ruins and cliff dwelling overlooks. The most famous feature of the park, Cliff Palace, is visible from the Sun Point and Sun Temple overlooks. Sunrise photogra...

  • Explore the Rogue River Gorge

    This 500 ft. long gorge carved out of an old lava tube sits right along highway 62 near Crater Lake. The original road that brought travelers to the National Park passed right next to the gorge but it now remains hidden from view of the current hi...

  • Relax at False Klamath Cove

    Wilson Beach in False Klamath Cove is a small but scenic spot in Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park. Surrounded by thick forest, the dark gray sandy beach is scattered with driftwood, interesting rocks formations, and tide pools. The small free p...

  • Run the Crag Crest Loop

    The Crag Crest Trail is a 10-mile loop that takes runners over one of the highest points on Grand Mesa. When traveling in a clockwise direction, the trail traverses a narrow rocky ridge for 5-miles before descending into the dense pine forest belo...

    10.4 miles 1500 ft gain

  • Ski to McNamara Hut

    McNamara hut sits in the national forest on the slope of Bald Knob, with easy access to intermediate backcountry skiing and more challenging terrain further away. Built in 1982, it's one of the original huts in the 10th Mountain Division system a...

    6.2 miles 2200 ft gain

  • Ski Hut-to-Hut from Uncle Bud's to Skinner Hut

    The trek starts just outside of Leadville near Turquoise Lake at 9800 ft. The first day you'll travel 6.5 miles and gain 1700 ft. to Uncle Bud's Hut, which sits around 11,400 ft. The second day you'll ski 7.1 miles to Skinner Hut and gain 2100 f...

    24.5 miles 4700 ft gain

  • Ski to Fowler-Hilliard Hut

    Fowler-Hilliard hut sits at 11,500 ft on a forested ridge of Resolution Mountain, with easy access to intermediate and expert backcountry skiing right out the door. This newer hut was built in 2010 after the original hut burned down from a lightni...

    6.5 miles 2500 ft gain

  • Hike the Yurok Loop Trail

    The Yurok Loop Trail is a small loop on the northern end of the growing California Coastal Trail. This family-friendly hike starts at a picturesque lagoon near False Klamath Cove before crossing a bridge and entering the Sitka spruce forest. From...

    1 miles 20 ft gain

  • Photograph Santa Maddalena Church in the Dolomites

    Santa Maddalena, also known as St. Magdalena, is a picturesque medieval church sequestered in the northern mountains of Italy. The Odle Mountain Group of the Dolomites tower above the surrounding valley and provide an incredible backdrop for imag...

  • Explore Pragser Wildsee

    Pragser Wildsee, also known as Lago di Braies, lies in a mostly German-speaking area of northern Italy close to the border with Austria. This glacial blue lake is surrounded by towering mountains and thick evergreen forests, which can be experienc...

    2.2 miles 400 ft gain

  • Discover Ancient Trees on Windy Ridge

    The Windy Ridge Bristlecone Pine Scenic Area is a remote stand of trees off a 4WD road near Alma, Colorado. This grove of bristlecone pines was given protected status in 1964 due to its uniquely shaped trees influenced by the winds blasting off n...

  • Camp at Big Basin Redwoods State Park

    An hour away from the thrumming city of San Jose, ancient immense trees live in a forest full of vibrant ferns and rushing waterfalls. Big Basin Redwoods State Park encompasses 10,000 acres of rare old-growth forest, and the scale of time can be m...

    0.5 miles

  • Photograph the Northern Lights at Jökulsárlón

    Jökulsárlón is a night photographer's paradise with "fresh" iceberg subjects washed up on the beaches daily, providing unique images every time. The glacial lagoon is full of much larger icebergs that can be harder to photograph due to the changi...

  • Run or Hike Estes Cone

    The trail begins on the left on a park service road before reaching a junction with the Storm Pass Trail just past .2 miles. Follow the trail as it enters the forest and continue past the private property signs and over a footbridge. Past the brid...

    7.5 miles 2275 ft gain

  • Ski Betty Bear to Skinner Hut

    Betty Bear and Skinner Huts reside deep in the Colorado backcountry surrounded by thick forests and snowy peaks. Both of these huts offer an opportunity for off-grid leisure and crowd-free skiing. The huts come stocked with padded mattresses, wood...

    20.2 miles 3650 ft gain

  • Run the 4-Pass Loop in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness

    *The 4-Pass Loop likely won't be doable until July due to the heavy snowpack this year and wet slide danger on the steep pass approaches.Taking on the 4-pass Loop is no easy feat but completely worth the training and effort. The run starts at Mar...

    27.1 miles 8000 ft gain

  • Explore Needles Overlook

    About 1.5 hours from Moab on BLM land, Needles Overlook sits on a peninsula of rock 1600 ft. above southern Canyonlands NP. The views from here are just as commanding as Island in the Sky in Canyonlands, but with a lot fewer people due to its iso...

  • Ski to Janet's Cabin

    Janet's Cabin is located on the eastern slope of the Continental Divide at 11,610 ft, near Copper Mountain ski resort. This hut is one of the rare huts with not only a sauna but indoor bathrooms (composting pits)!  The cabin was built in 1990 and ...

    6 miles 1900 ft gain

  • Run the Bryce Canyon Traverse

    The Bryce Canyon Traverse is a point-to-point run covering over 30 miles from Rainbow Point at the southern end of the park to Sunrise Point at the North. The majority of the run is on the remote Under-the-Rim Trail where you might pass the occas...

    30.3 miles 6600 ft gain

  • Night Photography at White Pocket

    White Pocket is a remote outcropping of sandstone formations in Vermillion Cliffs National Monument similar to the famous "Wave". Unlike The Wave, a permit isn't needed to visit, but you will need a high-clearance 4WD vehicle with good tires; alte...

  • Photograph Sunset at Wind Cave NP

    Above the famous Wind Cave, miles of natural mixed-grass natural prairie cover the Black Hills. In summer, the lush grasses attract the park's free-roaming bison herd as well as elk, pronghorn antelope, prairie dogs, and black-footed ferrets.One o...

  • Explore Red Rocks Park in Winter

    Red Rocks is a bustling park in the summer when its famous amphitheater is filled with concerts. In winter though, the park dies down and becomes even more quiet when snow is falling. Grab your camera and head to the park during a winter storm to ...

  • Capture the Night Sky over Devils Tower

    Devils Tower, also known as Bear Lodge, was the first designated National Monument. Sitting on the edge of the Black Hills, the towering formation of rock is surrounded by ponderosa forest and little civilization. There are numerous places to ph...

  • Hike the Canyon View Nature Trail, Castlewood Canyon

    This is a well maintained, easy trail best hiked in spring and fall. Conditions make this trail great for families. The park is also popular for bird watching and rock climbing.

    2.4 miles

  • Kayak Aialik Glacier

    If you're visiting Alaska, you're probably there to see glaciers, and Aialik Glacier is worth the money and time to see. Imagine a towering 1.5 mile wide glacier surrounded by rugged peaks and a thick green forest rising from the blue water. The c...

  • Photograph Abraham Lake in the Winter

    Abraham Lake is one of the Canadian Rockies most incredible winter photography locations. The 32 km long reservoir is full of numerous opportunities for exploring and photographing frozen ice, flowing rivers, and the surrounding dramatic peaks. Du...

  • Snowshoe or Ski Rabbit Ears Pass

    Rabbit Ears Pass outside of Steamboat Springs is packed with winter nordic trails. Most trails are marked and accommodate cross-country skiing or snowshoeing; to be courteous to other users keep snowshoes and dogs off ski tracks. Depending on ho...

    3.7 miles 700 ft gain

  • Photograph Fall Colors on Grand Mesa

    Despite being one of the largest flat-top mountains in the world, Grand Mesa sees far fewer visitors than other areas of Colorado. Locals only an hour away in Grand Junction frequent the area for its plentiful fishing, camping, and off-roading opp...

  • Snowshoe Deer Creek Canyon Park

    Deer Creek Canyon Park offers up to 13 miles of wind-sheltered trails perfect for enjoying after a fresh snow. The Plymouth Mountain Trail offers steep climbs and big views while Homesteader Trail offers the best forest scenery in the Denver area....

    5.1 miles 1250 ft gain

  • Camp at Hamburger Rock

    Hamburger Rock is a small BLM campground with 10 sites based around an interesting rock outcropping. Each site can accommodate around 6 campers, 2 tents, and 2 cars. The bathrooms here are very basic, open-top pits, and no other services are off...

  • Explore Brúarfoss [CLOSED]

    NOTE: The walking path leading to Brúarfoss waterfall has been closed by one of the landowners due to overuse. You can read more about the closure here: http://icelandmag.is/article/p...Brúarfoss is a small waterfall, especially compared to the ma...

    0.6 miles 50 ft gain

  • Camp at Lost Lake Slough

    Lost Lake Slough offers camping, hiking, photography, kayaking, and more in a remote and beautiful part of Colorado. At an elevation of over 9,600 ft., the lake typically opens in mid-June after the snow is melted, and closes in October after the...

  • Capture Sunrise at Dead Horse Point SP

    Dead Horse Point State Park sits next to Canyonlands National Park with expansive views of the canyons carved by the Colorado River. The park can be accessed year-round and the best views are within feet of the parking lot. To capture the warm l...